LimmudFest 2021 LimmudFest 2021

Sunday, March 14, 2021

In Quarantine with Anne Frank
Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos
Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos
Loyola University of New Orleans, Professor of Languages and Cultures

In the early days of the pandemic, the name Anne Frank was everywhere, whether as a Facebook meme or as a stern warning never to forget the unique horror of the Holocaust. But although Anne Frank is an iconic figure for Jews and non-Jews alike, most of us do not know the nuances of her story or its context in the Dutch experience of World War II. We also may not be aware that the "diary" we read is, in fact, a combination of Anne’s daily diary and her own (incomplete) revision, which she hoped to publish after the war. Looking at examples of Anne’s own writing and re-writing, we will consider how she might serve as a model of spiritual resilience and hope in a time of anxiety and hate.