Today I went with my friends Jet and Bernhard and their youngest daughter Charlotte to visit Frank. Charlotte is a graduate student from high school who recently won the first prize in a high school competition from the Nijmegen Historical Association NUMAGA. Together with one of her fellow students they developed a bicycle tour around Nijmegen which travels along highlights from Market Garden. During the work on their project Charlotte consulted Frank regularly, and so today she showed him the result, a very beautiful designed booklet, and the certificate of the first prize. Although Frank really had to work hard to recognize Charlotte an her parents, as soon as he heard her name and the project, all the information was immediately there. Frank was on his turn very proud of Charlotte and was very pleased with the booklet she brought him. It always gives him so much pleasure when young people carry on the flame of history. In past situations he commented on such moments always things like "It gives me the feeling that my life isn't waste". Now we all know his life isn't waste but it gives him great strength and reassurance which he really can use by the dozen right now.
It's so good to see that if a subject really appeals to Frank, that is energy and alertness rises instantly. He told Charlotte that he wanted to introduce her to his friends in the UK, who would be most interested (he thought). "But then the booklet has to be translated in English, and Charlotte could use some help with that" I replied. "No problem for me, I'm very capable of translating" Frank answered (and I don't doubt him a second!!!). It gives me the feeling that Frank still wants to contribute to whatever future. He also told us that he was working on a project within the liberation route and that a lot of the content in his head would be needed there. It sounds so future oriented and that feels so good, and with modern technologies it must be made possible to help Frank to deliver whatever he wants to contribute concerning the remembrance WW II and the liberation of western europe.
So one of the modern technologies I mentioned which really could help Frank is an Ipad and a lot of friends already indicated that they want to make a donation, and Andre sees no difficulties to secure the Ipad one way or another.
So for every one of you who want to make donation, here the account number:
name: Esther Meijer-van den Bergh, Nijmegen, Netherlands
bank: ING, account number: 1615112,
and for friends from abroad
name your donation: IPAD FRANK
We'll make sure that the gifts will get the correct destination, and we'll keep you informed about the progress and will give a transparent insight in the final sum and destination of the money.
On behalf of Frank, thanks to all of you,
Thousend times thanks!
To all the followers of the blog, to anyone who has been supportive of Frank or us in the last months and especially after his untimely death we want to say thanks from the bottom of our hearts. In the week after his passing we received so much warmth, stories, care and love, hardly describable. To us it was a very precious and valuable week and it was so good to have Frank at home where so many of his friends could visit him. And all the help, stories and info shared in that week led to a beautiful goodbye ceremony on a beautiful sunny autumn day. For those of you who could not attend, or those of you who wish to reread the funeral speeches, we publice them here (in dutch and english) with some pictures in grateful memory of, and tributed to Frank.We will miss him dearly, thanks for being with him and with us, one way or another,
On behalf of my family and his closest friends, Esther