The Baby

About The Film

Linked to a photograph of Anne Frank, an orphan of the Holocaust confronts the forbidden and forgotten memories of her childhood in THE BABY

Anneke Thompson-Kohnke has no recollection of her early years in the Netherlands before she was separated from her parents and came to America in 1946. Now living in New York, she grows up being told by her caretaker aunt and uncle never to ask questions about the past. Decades later, stories and photos emerge of an extraordinary and complex wartime exodus, the revelatory details of which leave Anneke with confused and uneasy emotions. She discovers that she was born in Germany on Christmas to a Jewish musician and his wife who died in Auschwitz, and she was babysat by Anne Frank in Amsterdam and later hidden away with a Protestant foster family in Voorburg, Holland. Haunted by years of silence and repressed guilt, Anneke reluctantly agrees to travel back to Holland to honor those linked to her survival, when troubling revelations cast deep shadows on what seemed a story of righteousness. 

Filmmaker Deborah van Dam delicately peels back layer upon layer of fragmented remembrances to submerge audiences in Anneke’s heartbreaking struggle to bring her surreal life story into focus.

Film Details

Running Time 
85 minutes
Viewing Region 
East Coast Premiere