My name is Lukas van Witsen Franck. My father, Frederick Franck changed the spelling of his family name from Frank to Franck upon arrival in the United States out of an abundance of caution and to somewhat disguise his background.
When I was born (1953) I was given the middle name "van Witsen' in honor of my Uncle and Aunt who died in Auschwitz in their 80s and took the family name with them. It is an honor to remember them in this way.
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