of Jewish Heritage
has Anne Frank’s Diary been portrayed in popular culture?” “How
did other adolescents express themselves during the Holocaust?
and “When and how should we introduce the topic of the Holocaust
to students? were the questions posed in the “Anne Frank Reconsidered”
symposium at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial
to the Holocaust recently.
Over 100 educators attended the event which examined the uses
and misuses of Anne Frank’s Diary in Holocaust education and popular
Featured speakers included Fanya Gottesfeld Heller, a Holocaust
survivor and author of Strange and Unexpected Love: A
Teenage Girl’s Holocaust Memoirs; Dr. Lawrence Langer, Professor
Emeritus of English, Simmons College, and author of Admitting
the Holocaust; Alexandra Zapruder, author of Salvaged Pages:
Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust; and Dr. Jeffrey
Shandler, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University
and the author of While America Watches: Televising
the Holocaust. A group discussion on the theory and practice
of Holocaust education concluded the symposium.
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