Anne Frank

Yom HaShoah, Anne Frank And Refugee Security Checks

05/03/2016 - 16:19

Today, there are more displaced persons worldwide than we have seen since World War II, and more fear of “the other” than I have ever seen in this country in my lifetime. We must take action to welcome refugees.

Syrian Kurdish people arrive at the Turkish border, fleeing an attack from ISIS, in September, 2014. Getty Images

Music and Art Highlight the 2015 Anne Frank Awards

I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains,” Anne Frank wrote in her “Diary of a Young Girl.”  

Dutch Ambassador Henne Schuwer, and award winners Nicholas Kristof and Cindy McCain. Courtesy Royal Netherlands Embassy

A New Chapter In Anne Frank’s Story

Anne Frank has become a metonymy, both a symbol and a shorthand for the Holocaust. Her youthful diary, hopeful, funny, frightened but stalwart, has been a source of inspiration to millions of readers worldwide. Still, after viewing the new film, “No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story,” and hearing the details of her post-diary life and eventual death in the camps, I wonder: If Anne Frank had survived, would her subsequent writings more closely mirror the darkness of Elie Wiesel’s “Night” than the hopefulness of her diary.

Anne Frank modeling a new coat. United States Holocaust Museum. Courtesy Eva Schloss

New Research Shows Anne Frank Died Earlier Than Believed

03/30/2015 - 20:00

Anne Frank died earlier than previously believed, according to new research.

Anne Frank’s Cousin, Actor Buddy Elias, Dies At 89

03/17/2015 - 20:00

Buddy Elias, a former president of the Anne Frank Fonds in Basel and a cousin of the teenage diarist from Amsterdam, has died.

Box Office Hit Sets Kiss Scene in Anne Frank House, Provoking Debate

06/08/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

“I believe we have a choice in this world about how to tell sad stories,” says Hazel Grace Lancaster, the protagonist of John Green’s recent best-selling novel, "The Fault in Our Stars." The recent film adaptation of the novel, directed by Josh Boone, topped charts this past weekend, grossing $48.2 million during its debut. The film grappled with looming questions about suffering, tragedy and how to truthfully tell sad stories.

A statue of Anne Frank in front of the house in which she hid from the Nazis. Wikimedia Commons

Anne Frank And Her Disciples

With apologies to Nathan Englander, what should we look at when we look at Anne Frank?  Faith & Form, the new exhibit at The Anne Frank Center USA provides some answers.  Aligned with the Center’s mission of using the diary and spirit of Anne Frank as tools to educate about the dangers of racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination, the exhibit features multi-media work by 21 artists, all members of the Jewish Art Salon, addressing those issues in a range of styles and expression. 

Ash Fitzgerald, Passing Through (A Golem's Journey).

Justin Bieber’s Anne Frank Remarks Debated

04/16/2013 - 20:00

Pop music star Justin Bieber’s comments left in a guestbook following a visit to the Anne Frank House drew mixed reactions.

Anne Frank Museum Praises Justin Bieber Visit After Guestbook Flap

04/14/2013 - 20:00

The Anne Frank House defended Justin Bieber's visit to the museum and his guestbook message hoping that the teen diarist "would have been a Belieber."

"The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We think it is very positive that he took the time and effort to visit our museum," the Amsterdam-based museum wrote Monday in a post on its Facebook page. "He was very interested in the story of Anne Frank and stayed for over an hour. We hope that his visit will inspire his fans to learn more about her life and hopefully read the diary."

Justin Bieber

Jewish, Beyond Belief: Why Behavior Matters

06/20/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist
As a native New Yorker, I know that my hometown is famous for many things, ranging from bagels to Broadway. But earlier this summer, our city made national news for a novel, awesome phenomenon:
Deborah Grayson Riegel
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