Last week, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research revealed nearly 80 documents showing that Otto Frank, the father of the world's most famous diarist, Anne Frank, attempted in 1941 to emigrate his entire family from Holland to America. Due to immigration restrictions, labyrinthine bureaucracies and the ticking clock of America's entry into World War II, his visas were never granted. Over a year later, the family secreted themselves into the attic that would become their doomed refuge and the setting for Anne's memoir of crammed domesticity and human resilience. The rest, as we well know, is Holocaust history.