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Historical past and Ladies: Anna Vieti – Photos of Anna

Photos of Anna 

A Novel  


Sam Martin

Anna Vieti was a German of Roma/gypsy origin who labored for 2 Jewish medical doctors in Hamburg. Within the mid Thirties, after the persecution & extermination of Jews and gypsies had begun in Germany, the 2 medical doctors managed to flee to the UK and promised Anna that when they’d settled there, and as quickly as they may type out the paperwork for her, they might ship for her and she or he might as soon as once more work for them in England, the place that they had arrange their observe – and in 1938 Anna arrived within the UK.

That is the place the story turns into private and the way I obtained to realize it, as a result of my aunt additionally labored for the 2 medical doctors and she or he was given the duty of taking care of Anna and serving to her to settle within the UK, as she’d arrived unable to talk a phrase of English and she or he had no cash in any respect in her purse, and only a few private belongings.

After a while she met Man, who himself had twin German / British nationality – and in 1940 they grew to become engaged.

My story begins on Anna’s wedding ceremony day, Could the 26th, 1940, which was additionally the day that the British Parliament accredited the so-called Defence Regulation 18B, which allowed the authorities to spherical up and detain with out path or sentence any people who they deemed to be “enemies of the State” – and on his wedding ceremony day, with Anna ready patiently on the altar for him, Man obtained a go to from the native police who took him away with out rationalization or purpose, and he was incarcerated within the native jail, with out figuring out why and with out figuring out for a way lengthy. It was the UK’s coverage on the time of “lock up first, give it some thought later”.

Anna engaged a lawyer to attempt to free Man, however in opposition to the backdrop of a rustic at struggle ( & dropping), and the rising hostility in direction of “the enemy”, all efforts had been in useless.

However Anna didn’t solely escape the camps and sure loss of life by the hands of the Nazis when she got here to Britain, she additionally fled from a bleaker-than-bleak household background of violence and abuse in direction of her which manifested as a morbid concern of being locked up – the legacy of being thrown right into a freezing chilly, pitch-black cellar no larger than a canine kennel for days on finish. This concern of being incarcerated herself got here again to hang-out her in Britain solely days after Man had been imprisoned when the British authorities declared that ALL enemy aliens had been to be interned.

So Anna went on the run, attempting to keep away from imprisonment herself, and located sanctuary with a Swiss artist.

The authorities nevertheless – particularly MI5, whose management grew to become more and more paranoid concerning the presence of any enemy aliens at massive within the nation – had been decided to trace down all and each German, Austrian, Italian and many others who had thus-far evaded them.

Photos Of Anna is a doc – however not a documentary – about Anna’s destiny and her makes an attempt to keep away from imprisonment, which she knew would “kill her” inside. It’s about historical past – about politics – however principally about one younger lady’s battle to seek out freedom on this planet, at a time when the forces lined up in opposition to her had by no means been so mighty nor so formidable. In Germany she was up in opposition to the Nazis (due to her race) – within the UK her foe was the federal government and the navy (due to her passport) – and at ‘house’ in Hamburg she was the enemy of a vicious and vindictive household.

‘POA’ is a narrative a few never-before episode in each British and German historical past which – till my novel was printed – had by no means earlier than been informed in common tradition i.e. not in literature nor movie, which provides us a method of taking a look at our world by means of a window to the previous.  


I met Anna myself on two events, however that was lengthy earlier than I knew her story. My aunt at all times used to say “somebody ought to write a ebook about Anna’s life” and – on the ripe outdated age of 80-plus – my aunt, nonetheless a detailed good friend of Anna’s proper as much as her loss of life, determined to do an A-level in German on the native school within the UK and one of many workouts she was given was to “write a brief essay in German, both about somebody well-known, or about somebody who you realize who has had an fascinating life.” So Joan, my aunt, wrote about Anna and despatched it to me in Germany for my spouse (Jutta was German) to learn by means of and examine for grammar, expression and many others. I too learn it and thought immediately “this with none doubt is a screenplay – I knew instantly that I used to be sitting on one thing particular, one thing explosive – (** I’m a screenwriter) – and commenced to put in writing a script primarily based on Anna’s story however utilizing the character I’d found when researching for one more mission about looted Nazi artwork within the Nineteen Forties in Paris i.e. the French woman who had tried to avoid wasting her Jewish artist/boyfriend from being deported to the loss of life camps by “befriending” the SS officer who was in control of the work’ distribution. That SS officer occurred to be my neighbour’s father once we lived down on Lake Konstanz in southern Germany.

My screenplay was a novel alongside the way in which, though it’s also an ongoing film mission – a German-UK co-production.


Why did it turn into a novel? That was my present to my late-wife – or possibly it was her present to me… I’ll by no means work that one out. When she was recognized with ALS/motor neuron illness she started to put in writing Anna’s story herself – however after simply six pages in, her solely good hand started to weaken badly after which pack up altogether and she or he realised that she couldn’t kind anymore, and “spelling” it out along with her eye-controlled speech pc would have taken her 100 years to finish. She didn’t even get 100 weeks.

I cared for her proper as much as the bitter finish… and the top, consider me, it was greater than bitter. However we did a deal. She gave me an hour-and-a-half daily with a view to vanish into my workplace – to fade into Anna’s world and into Anna’s story – and write the novel. I wrote it, she learn it, she cried. And he or she stated I’d achieved a particular story justice. And that – actually, simply these phrases alone – that was sufficient for me.

However she is a giant, huge a part of this as a result of I informed her to place collectively one thing for the entrance cowl. She was extraordinarily restricted by that point – nearly in a “vegetable state” – however through the use of her eyes solely she designed the entrance cowl (she was painter and will really paint utilizing her eyes and a few superb Spanish software program {that a} good friend found for her).

As I stated, the above is just maybe 1 % of what I might inform you concerning the mission, which has taken me to Berlin, to London, to Hamburg, to Vienna, and has allowed me to satisfy and work with a few of the greatest names within the movie trade.

Lastly I’ll give a giant shout-out and a heartfelt “thanks” to Sandra David, my writer at Arrow Gate Publishing in London. I’d turned down three earlier provides to publish the novel as a result of I needed to maintain the film Rights – or the bulk share of them – as a result of Photos Of Anna was additionally a film mission and it was crucial that it continued. The primary three publishers rejected my request and I believed “Sam, you fool, you’ve actually blown it now”. Then got here the decision from Sandra.

I ought to say “thanks” too to those who turned me and my request down as a result of Sandra David has been a rock, an absolute hero for me and no phrases can categorical my gratitude for taking the prospect and for her help. She referred to as me the day that Jutta died and she or he cried and cried – we each needed a lot for the ebook to come back out whereas Jutta might share in its success. I one other lifetime possibly… one other fairer lifetime.

I’m donating no matter Photos Of Anna earns for me to the ALS/mnd analysis guys. I’ll by no means see a treatment for the worst of all diseases in my lifetime, but when in 100 years from now somebody will be cured and somebody doesn’t should undergo what my poor spouse went by means of… simply to know that possibly… simply possibly.. that I’ve made a contribution – that’s sufficient for me. However that isn’t all. I’d additionally like Arrow Gate to get their reward too. I’d love, simply love, Sandra David to get her fair proportion of its success too. She actually does deserve that a lot, as a result of a greater particular person on this world for a mission like Photos Of Anna… nicely, I’m fairly certain that particular person doesn’t exist.

The place can you purchase the ebook? Clearly all the large ebook retailers, or by way of the publishers: phrases=sam+martin+footage+of+anna&qid=1654618782&s=books&sprefix=sam+martin+footage+of+annapercent2Cstripbooks-intl-shippercent2C137&sr=1-1 phrases=sam+martin+footage+of+anna&qid=1654618850&sprefix=sam+martin+footage+of+annapercent2Caps%2C74&sr=8-1


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