Who doesn’t love Anne Frank? — the Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis for years, living in an attic in Amsterdam.
I have visited the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, and I have written extensively about Anne on these two pages of my website:
You can read the latest news about Anne Frank at http://bangordailynews.com/2017/01/25/religion/holocaust-remembrance-day-to-feature-talk-on-americanization-of-anne-frank/
The following quote is from the news story:
BANGOR, Maine — Nearly every American first learns of the Holocaust by reading the “Diary of Anne Frank,” first published in 1952. While an unedited version of the diary was published in the 1990s, the sanitized version of her diary influenced how the Holocaust has been viewed by Americans for decades.
Anthony Wexler, a faculty fellow in religious studies at Colby College, will discuss how the diary contributed what scholars have call the Americanization of the Holocaust at 7 p.m. Friday at Congregation Beth El, 183 French Street, Bangor. It is sponsored by local synagogues and Jewish Community Endowment Associates and is being present on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“Because of the way the diary was edited by her father, Otto Frank, Anne was made into a kind of All-American girl,” Wexler said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “The Holocaust was a very acceptable event [in the first version of the diary published]. It didn’t feature the aspects of the Holocaust that were most terrifying.”
Other Holocaust scholars have criticized how the historical event has been portrayed in the U.S., including how the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. is designed.
You can read a description of the Anne Frank house on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AnneFrank/AnneFrank03.html
In order to see the attic, where Anne was hiding, you must climb some very steep stairs. Don’t worry about falling down these stairs — there are plenty of people on the stairs behind you, ready to catch you if you fall.
The people who work there won’t tell you this, but there is an elevator that you can use — but only if you are a prominent Jew, or if you are in a wheelchair — and a Jew.