Saturday, April 10, 2010
Anne Frank Exhibit Goes On Display At The Salt Lake City Public Library, But Doubts Linger As To The Diary's Authenticity
As a follow-up to Holocaust Remembrance Day On Sunday April 11th, 2010, the Salt Lake City Public Library is hosting a Holocaust-related exhibit entitled "Anne Frank: A History for Today" from April 13th until May 11th. The United Jewish Federation of Utah is co-hosting the exhibit; although individuals can view the exhibit at their leisure, the UJF asks that schools and other groups arrange tours through them. Utah Governor Gary Herbert will preview the exhibit as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 11th. Media story published by KSL Channel 5. The Deseret News published a related story about Ruth Hartz, whose book "Your Name Is Renee" is also part of the exhibit. KSL news video embedded below:
According to the UJF, the exhibit includes photographs of the Frank family and the other occupants of the Secret Annex and shows how people were persecuted by political decisions and by the actions of individuals. Implicit in the exhibit are the themes of scapegoating, bullying, anti-Semitism, racism, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. Visitors are challenged to look for ways to resolve differences without violence and to learn about human rights laws and standards as defined by such documents as the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights and Convention on the Rights of Children. Finally, visitors are encouraged by docents to learn about current events and take an active role in their community and government.
For those few who have managed to evade Holocaust saturation training, Anne Frank was a young Jewish diarist from Amsterdam who hid for two years during World War II before being betrayed and taken to a Nazi concentration camp where she died of typhus in 1945. Her diary, which chronicles her early teen years from 1942-44 while in hiding, was published in 1947 by her father after he returned to their home after the war and found it had been saved.
Yet doubts about the authenticity of Anne Frank's diary continue to linger. These doubts surfaced once again in the KSL comments section, where a person identified as Tony A. posted a comment on April 9th at 7:53 P.M. referring us to the Truthseeker website. To summarize, in 1980 Otto Frank (Anne Frank's father) sued two men in German court for distributing literature denouncing the diary as a fraud. Because of the lawsuit in a German court, the German state forensic bureau, the Bundes Kriminal Amt [BKA] forensically examined the manuscript, which at that point in time consisted of three hardbound notebooks and 324 loose pages bound in a fourth notebook, with special forensic equipment. The results of tests, performed at the BKA laboratories, showed that “significant” portions of the work, especially the fourth volume, were written with a ballpoint pen. Since ballpoint pens were not available before 1951, the BKA concluded those sections must have been added subsequently.
In the end, BKA clearly determined that none of the diary handwriting matched known examples of Anne's handwriting. The German magazine, Der Spiegel, published an account of this report alleging that (a) some editing postdated 1951; (b) an earlier expert had held that all the writing in the journal was by the same hand; and thus (c) the entire diary was a postwar fake. Although the BKA information was redacted at the time, it was later inadvertently released to researchers in the United States.
But while this information may be in dispute, some other Holocaust-related scams are beyond dispute. A book written by Herman Rosenblat entitled "Angel At The Fence" subsequently turned out to be falsified. In the book, a girl by the name of Roma Radzicki allegedly threw apples and bread over the fence to Rosenblat when he was incarcerated at the Buchenwald complex. After the war, when Rosenblat moved to New York, he met Radzicki by chance and discovered she was the girl who had thrown apples and bread to him. They fell in love and married. But after some questioned Rosenblat's descriptions of Schlieben - a sub-camp of Buchenwald - and said it was impossible to throw food over the fence there, Rosenblat owned up to faking that part of the story and admitted that he had actually first met Radzicki on a blind date in New York and married her 50 years ago.
Another Holocaust memoir also proved to be fake. In her book entitled "Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years", Misha Defonseca claimed to have lived with wolves to escape the Nazis, killed a German soldier in self-defense, and walked 3,000 miles across Europe in search of her parents. But Defonseca subsequently admitted the book was not true after a genealogical researcher working with Daniel on her own book about the case uncovered inconsistencies in her story, including records that showed Defonseca was baptized Catholic and had attended an elementary school in Schaarbeek, Belgium, in 1943, during a time in which she said in her book she was living with wolves in Ukraine. Furthermore, she even admitted that she was not Jewish.
And in March 2009, Henry Makow reveals that a Holocaust survivor named Miklos Gruner claims that the individual currently identified as Elie Wiesel is an imposter. Elie Wiesel was supposedly known to Gruner at Auschwitz and Buchenwald as Lazar Wiesel, but when Gruner met Elie Wiesel at the Savoj Hotel in Stockholm on December 14th, 1986, he said he instead saw a man he didn`t recognize at all, who didn`t even speak Hungarian or Yiddish and instead he was speaking English in a strong French accent. Subsequently, Gruner became convinced Elie Wiesel was an imposter.
Yet despite all this alleged fakery, individuals in Europe who attempt to uncover inconsistencies in Holocaust stories are, under Europe's Holocaust denial laws, labeled Holocaust deniers, and are arrested, tried, and imprisoned, the most recent and prominent example being Ernst Zündel. Holocaust revisionists, the term by which they are more precisely described, do not question the occurrence of the Holocaust, but rather some of the critical attributes such as the demographics, the methodology, and above all, the singularity attached to it. Jewish extremists like Abe Foxman of the ADL insist that the Holocaust is a unique form of genocide, an assault upon God Himself. In the January 1994 issue of "ADL on the Frontline", Foxman wrote, "The Holocaust is something different. It is a singular event. It is not simply one example of genocide but a near successful attempt on the life of God's chosen children and thus, on God Himself". Perhaps this explains why we have 25 Holocaust Museums in the United States, but no museums memorializing the 50 million victims of Roe v. Wade.
The bottom line: There are many hucksters out there exploiting the Holocaust for personal and even financial benefit. It is wise to retain an open mind and be prepared to separate the wheat from the chaff.