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An Evening with Eva Schloss, Step-Sister of Anne Frank – Houstonia Magazine

On the evening of February 15th,The Shul of Bellairehosted a historic event in honor of its 6th Anniversary. Holocaust survivor, author and humanitarian Eva Schlosswas invited to share her story of struggle and survival in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The evening was a tribute to the Jewish community and The Shul’s mission to embrace every individual in the community, regardless of background or affiliation.

Schloss sharedher personal story of struggle as well as an account of the life of Anne Frank, her childhood friend and step-sister, witha live interview on-stage at The Wortham Center inside of the Lillie and Roy Cullen Theater. The Shul’s founder and leader Rabbi Yossi Zaklikofskykicked off the event by giving a speech. The remarks were followed by honoring Dr. Doreen and Marshall Lerner with a Lamplighter Award as well as Alex and Victoria Lazar with the Parents of the Year Award.

Honorary guestBecca Cason Thrash alongside Eva Schloss lit the “Candle of the Silent Six Million” to honor the memories of those that were tragically lost in the past, as well as the “Lantern of Continuity”, that symbolizes the renewal and resilience of our nation as a strong, radiant, and inextinguishable beacon of light for the future.

The night was made possible with the support of Amy and Gary Davis, Melissa and Ron Jacobs, Momentum BMW and so many more. The rabbi also thanked Holocaust Museum Houston and the many amazing volunteers for their help.

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Anne Frank Center calls out Steve Bannon for anti-Semitic rant against ‘globalist media’ – Raw Story

The director of the Anne Frank Center took another shot at the Trump administrations apparent anti-Semitism.

Steven Goldstein, who leads the civil rights organization, ripped President Donald Trumps tardy and pathetic disavowal this week of recent attacks, vandalism and threats against synagogues and Jewish community centers which drew an angry response from White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

The day after Trumps disavowal, his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, taunted the globalist media opposing the presidents nationalist agenda and Goldstein couldnt help but notice the language he used was loaded with historically anti-Semitic tropes, reported the Chicago Tribune.

We are now seeing a pattern, and during the week in which the Trump administration has been under a microscope for anti-Semitism, this is how you refer to the press? In some of the most unfortunate anti-Semitic terms in history? Goldstein said. That doesnt happen by accident.

Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have long featured dark tales about Jewish elites controlling the world through international banking and global media which Bannon almost certainly knows as the former chief of the alt-right Breitbart News.

Globalist and corporate media these are code words of anti-Semitism, and when theyre used by a man with an anti-Semitic history such as Steve Bannon, youd have to be living in the Stone Age not to connect the dots, Goldstein said.

Trump has refused to specifically acknowledge Jewish suffering during the Holocaust or condemn his anti-Semitic supporters, and Goldstein said Bannon is sending a similar message to those white nationalist backers.

Bannon is engaging in what I call plausible deniability anti-Semitism, Goldstein said. He can turn around and say, Well, what are you talking about? I didnt attack Jews today, I attacked the media being linked to some corporate conspiracy. By not mentioning Jews, he dares us to play rope-a-dope, to play a game of gotcha.

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Amy Goodman: Remember the lesson of Anne Frank – The Spokesman-Review

Anne Frank would be 87 years old had she not perished in Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp in Germany. What words of wisdom might she offer the Trump administration as it crafts its latest iteration of its Muslim and refugee ban? Anne Frank is known for her famous diary, written while she and her family hid from the Gestapo in a secret annex of a house in Amsterdam from 1942 to 1944. Long before the family went into hiding, Annes father, Otto Frank, desperately sought visas to bring his family to the United States. Like tens of thousands of other European Jews at the time, they were repeatedly denied.

Anne Frank and her family were betrayed and sent to the concentration camps. Only her father, Otto Frank, survived. He went on to publish her writing as The Diary of a Young Girl, which has entered the canon of resistance literature. It should be required reading as Donald Trump and his coterie of xenophobes attempt to ban Muslims and refugees from gaining the same safe haven that the Frank family was denied 75 years ago.

Anne Frank was denied immigration at least twice. Otto Frank, her father, appealed to the Franklin Roosevelt administration, roughly between the periods of 1939 to 1941, Stephen Goldstein told us on the Democracy Now! news hour. He is the executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Otto Frank was able to get communications very high up in the Roosevelt administration, saying, Please, save my family. Save the Frank family. It didnt work. FDR refused refugee Anne Frank.

This aspect of Anne Franks story was unknown until papers were discovered decades later and made public in 2007. The 81 pages document Otto Franks attempts to gain visas for his family for travel to the United States. Fanning flames of fear that Nazi Germany would be sending agents and saboteurs amidst the potential flood of refugees, anti-Semites in the State Department blocked as many refugees as they could, condemning tens of thousands to their deaths at the hands of the Nazis. Whether this kind of evil prejudice against refugees was perpetrated by a Democrat like Franklin Roosevelt or a Republican like Donald Trump, it is an unconscionable blot on the American national conscience, Goldstein added. Thats why, in the name of Anne Frank, we have an obligation to stand with Muslim refugees and to stand with all refugees to help them come into this nation.

Since President Trump took office, there has been a surge in threats and attacks against both Jews and Muslims. At least 69 bomb threats have been directed at 54 Jewish Community Centers across the United States since the inauguration. On Wednesday morning, the Anti-Defamation League, which tracks these threats, received a bomb threat at its New York City offices. In University Hills, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis, more than 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery were overturned.

As images of the anti-Semitic vandalism emerged, two Muslim activists Linda Sarsour, co-chair of the Womens March on Washington, and Tarek El-Messidi launched a crowdsourced campaign to raise funds to repair the damage. They hoped to raise $20,000. Within 24 hours, they had raised more than $90,000. Any remaining funds after the cemetery is restored, they wrote, will be allocated to repair any other vandalized Jewish centers. Two weeks earlier, on Saturday, Jan. 28, the Islamic Center in Victoria, Texas, was burnt to the ground. The local Jewish community gave the Muslim worshippers the keys to their synagogue, saying there was room for them all to pray there. An online campaign was launched to rebuild the mosque. Within weeks, more than $1.1 million was raised. Construction is already underway.

Jan. 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. President Trump issued a statement that was widely criticized for failing to mention Jews at all. Then, at a press conference held with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when asked by an Israeli reporter about the rise of anti-Semitism since his election, Trump responded by gloating about his election victory. When questioned several days later by a Hasidic Jewish reporter, again about the rise of anti-Semitism, Trump scolded the reporter, telling him to sit down, saying, Quiet, quiet, quiet.

After widespread criticism over his failure to condemn the waves of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers, President Trump finally called anti-Semitism horrible and painful. Then Vice President Mike Pence visited the Missouri cemetery that had been vandalized.

We all would benefit in these times of resurgent right-wing nationalism and xenophobia to heed the words of Anne Frank, What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.

Amy Goodman is the host of Democracy Now! Denis Moynihan is an author and researcher.

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Message from Anne Frank’s step-sister: Peace will prevail if people are good – ABC NEWS 4

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV)

The step-sister of an historical figure spent her Thursday night in the Lowcountry telling her story of the Holocaust.

Eva Schloss is the step-sister to Anne Frank, the girl known for journaling her life during World War II. Both Frank and Schloss were sent to concentration camps.

Now, Schloss travels the country sharing her story and that of her late step-sister.

She says it’s everyone’s jobs to bring awareness to the Holocaust and the present day.

“Personally I am not afraid. We have to have security yes everywhere. But that happens not just against Jewish people. So I think we just have to live with that. And just be careful. And be good citizens,” she said.

Schloss says she understand the threat to several Jewish centers across the country, but she’s convinced that peace will prevail if people are good to each other.

The 90-minute talk was sold out and the room was packed with people wanting to hear Schloss speak.

The event was moderated by ABC News 4’s Dean Stephens and simulcast on the abcnews4.com website and on the station’s Facebook page.

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‘Diary of Anne Frank’ coming to Play House in October | Briefs … – Cleveland Jewish News

The Diary of Anne Frank is coming to the Cleveland Play House Oct. 21 to Nov. 12 as part of the 2017-18 season. It will be performed in the Outcalt Theater.

Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, and adapted by Wendy Kesselman, the play focuses on 13-year-old Anne Frank and seven other Jews living in a secret factory annex hoping to evade Nazi deportation. Following two years of hiding, the show focuses on trust, bravery and the urge to stand up for one another in the face of intolerance, fear and hate.

As we began building our 2017-18 season, we were determined to find plays that would inspire all of us to be the very best version of ourselves plays that remind us that diversity, pluralism and multiculturalism are sound of our societies greatest strengths and they must be protected, said Laura Kepley, Cleveland Play Houses artistic director. The result is a season full of light, hope and grit, with exciting productions that will bring our audiences to the edges of their seats.

Other shows are: Shakespeare in Love from Sept. 9 to Oct. 1, Marie and Rosetta from Jan. 20 to Feb. 11, The Invisible Hand from Feb. 17 to March 11, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee from April 14 to May 6 and The Royale from May 5 to May 27.

All shows are in the venues of the Allen Theatre complex at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. Tickets sales start in early August, with prices for single tickets ranging from $25 to $95. Students under age 25 are eligible for $15 rush tickets, with valid student ID. Call 216-241-6000 or visit clevelandplayhouse.com for more information.

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A Survivor Story: Remembering Anne Frank and the Holocaust – Free Times

Eva Schloss speaks Feb. 27 at the Koger Center.

Eva Schloss is a Holocaust survivor with a most unusual legacy.

First, she endured Auschwitz. Second, shes one of the few remaining people who actually knew Anne Frank, who would later become her posthumous stepsister.

Born Eva Geiringer in Austria in 1929, Schloss who will speak Monday, Feb. 27, at the Koger Center first experienced anti-Semitism at the age of nine, after Nazi Germany annexed her native country. Her family fled first to Belgium and then to the Netherlands. It was in Amsterdam that she came to know Anne Frank, whose family lived in the apartment building opposite her own.

As the Nazi threat ramped up, Evas family, like Annes, would be forced into hiding; both were discovered and experienced similar fates. Both the Frank and Geiringer families were sent to Auschwitz. Anne, her mother, and sister would all lose their lives, leaving only their father Otto behind. Eva and her mother, Elfriede, would survive; her father and brother would not. Otto and Elfriede would later marry.

Schloss has made a point of keeping these memories alive. In 2010, she published her memoir, Evas Story, a gripping account of what it is like to be a 15-year-old girl in a death camp. She has also she continued to tour the world to talk about her experiences.

Most people didnt. From the six million people, theres really only a small proportion who survived. I was still young, I was 15, I wanted to experience life. I didnt want to die. So I held on. But I couldnt have made it much longer.

Auschwitz was, of course, one of the most terrible ones, but at least there was a selection there [to decide who would be killed and who would be kept alive to work]. There were camps where there was no selection, so the whole transport to the camp went straight to the gas chambers. If I would have gone to Treblinka, for instance, I would not have had a chance.

I dont know how I would have been without it, but for many, many years I was quite shy and depressed; I didnt want really to mix with people. It was in my mind all the time, with everything. You kind of try to make a life for yourself, but this is haunting you over time, until I started to speak about it in 1986, 40 years after, and then you can sort of let go. Eventually, you make peace with the fact that that this happened and you live with it.

No, not really. It was a relief, actually. Because I felt now that it is over I can let go, and even now when somebody asks me a little detail out of the book, I have to look it up again Ive forgot, you know? Before, it was imprinted in my brain. But once it was written down and once I spoke about it, I could let go.

I knew her when she was 11 until 13. Her family had left Germany in 1934 when she was four years old, so she had not experienced any hardship, any anti-Semitism like I [did when I was] nine years old in Austria so she was very relaxed about everything. She was very clever and a very sophisticated little girl, quite a little lady. She was very interested in boys and clothes and hairstyles, and I was really a tomboy. I had an older brother. I used to play with the boys more.

She was quite an independent girl, knew what she wanted, had her own will.

She might have become a politician, because she was very interested in what was going on in the world. Or she might have become a writer. This was really something which she was good at, at that time, and interested in, whats happening in the world. She might have become somebody of Amnesty International, or somebody about womens rights, but she certainly would have done something involved in what was going on around her.

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Anne Frank Center Commends Pence for Visit to Vandalized Cemetery After Criticisms of Trump – Mediaite

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect had some particularly critical words for President Trump yesterday on the subject of anti-Semitism, but today the center praised Vice President Mike Pence for his visit to a Jewish cemetery that was recently vandalized.

During a planned speech in Missouri today, the vice president condemned the vandalism and acts of hatred and anti-Semitism.

He thenvisited the cemetery itself and spoke out against hate there again, as well as helped out the clean-up efforts.

Yesterday the Anne Frank Center released a statement blasting Trump for not doing enough to condemn anti-Semitismsomething Sean Spicer pushed back onbut today they posted another statement praising Pence:

You can watch a clip of Pences remarks at the cemetery above, via CNN.

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Woodland Opera House presents ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ – Daily Democrat

WHAT: The Diary of Anne Frank

WHERE: Woodland Opera House, 320 2nd St.

WHEN: Feb. 24-March 19, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

TICKETS: Reserved seats are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors 62+, and $12 for children 17 and under. Balcony tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children. Flex Pass specials and group rates are available. To purchase tickets call the box office at 666-9617, visit our website at woodlandoperahouse.org.

While The Diary of Anne Frank may portray a dark period in history, its message may be more relevant than one might expect.

As people of different ethnicities and religions remain the targets of hate crimes some as recently as last month when the Davis Islamic Center was vandalized the Woodland Opera Houses choice to perform the classic tale couldnt be more fitting.

Opening Friday night, The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous and haunting stories to emerge from the 20th Century, according to Opera House Executive Director Angela Baltezore.

This story is as much about a young girls struggles with family relations, sense of self and coming of age as it is about a family in hiding during the atrocities committed upon the Jews during this dark period, explained Director Dean Shellenburger. Anne is a young teen learning about life, love, and relationship struggles, just as we all did at an early age. She is all of the young girls in our lives, merely victimized by circumstance and ultimately and tragically taken far too young from this world during one of our darkest hours.

For nearly two years, Anne, her father, mother, and sister, joined with the Van Daan family, were forced to hide in a secret annex space above her fathers former office in Amsterdam, as the Nazis deported the Jews of Holland to their deaths.

Despite her oppressive circumstances and the horrors that surround her, Annes spirit transcends, as she voices her belief, in spite of everything, people are truly good at heart. Annes dynamism, her luminous spirit, and her story of resilience continue to resonate deeply, making her story as vital today as when her diary first was published, Baltezore stated.

My actors, several of Jewish descent including Rachel Trauner playing Anne, feel compelled to honor this story and often express to me their gratitude for the opportunity to retell this important event, Shellenburger stated. I hope all who see will share in their pride.

According to the program, Trauner is honored to be portraying such an important historical figure.

Trauner who is a junior at Davis Senior High School has also appeared in The Tempest and Macbeth, The Musical Comedy. She has been in the Woodland Opera House Broadway Bound program for four years. She and her fellow cast members will take the Opera House stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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The Anne Frank Center is blasting Donald Trump and Sean Spicer on Twitter – SFGate

By Katie Dowd, San Francisco Chronicle

Photo: Screenshot Via Twitter

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The Anne Frank Center is blasting Donald Trump and Sean Spicer on Twitter

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called President Donald Trump’s denouncement of anti-Semitism “unbelievably forceful,” but the Anne Frank Center certainly does not agree and its Twitter account has become a non-stop voice against the president.

“@realDonald Trump do not make us Jews settle for crumbs of condescension,” one tweet reads.

“RIDICULOUS for @POTUS & @WhiteHouse to use Ivanka’s religion as defense to #Antisemitism – like saying Some of my best daughters are Jewish,” another says.

It’s not the work of one employee going rogue on Twitter, however. The entire organization, the U.S. branch of the Anne Frank Organizations network which is dedicated to fighting discrimination worldwide, is calling out President Trump for what it calls a weak response to anti-Semitism across the country.

“The President’s sudden acknowledgment of Anti-Semitism is a Band-Aid on the cancer of Anti-Semitism that has infected his own administration,” the center said in a press release. “His statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Anti-Semitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record. Make no mistake: The Anti-Semitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have seen from any Administration.”

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An Evening with Eva Schloss, Step-Sister of Anne Frank – Houstonia Magazine

On the evening of February 15th,The Shul of Bellairehosted a historic event in honor of its 6th Anniversary. Holocaust survivor, author and humanitarian Eva Schlosswas invited to share her story of struggle and survival in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The evening was a tribute to the Jewish community and The Shul’s mission to embrace every individual in the community, regardless of background or affiliation. Schloss sharedher personal story of struggle as well as an account of the life of Anne Frank, her childhood friend and step-sister, witha live interview on-stage at The Wortham Center inside of the Lillie and Roy Cullen Theater. The Shul’s founder and leader Rabbi Yossi Zaklikofskykicked off the event by giving a speech. The remarks were followed by honoring Dr. Doreen and Marshall Lerner with a Lamplighter Award as well as Alex and Victoria Lazar with the Parents of the Year Award. Honorary guestBecca Cason Thrash alongside Eva Schloss lit the “Candle of the Silent Six Million” to honor the memories of those that were tragically lost in the past, as well as the “Lantern of Continuity”, that symbolizes the renewal and resilience of our nation as a strong, radiant, and inextinguishable beacon of light for the future. The night was made possible with the support of Amy and Gary Davis, Melissa and Ron Jacobs, Momentum BMW and so many more. The rabbi also thanked Holocaust Museum Houston and the many amazing volunteers for their help.

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Anne Frank Center calls out Steve Bannon for anti-Semitic rant against ‘globalist media’ – Raw Story

The director of the Anne Frank Center took another shot at the Trump administrations apparent anti-Semitism. Steven Goldstein, who leads the civil rights organization, ripped President Donald Trumps tardy and pathetic disavowal this week of recent attacks, vandalism and threats against synagogues and Jewish community centers which drew an angry response from White House press secretary Sean Spicer. The day after Trumps disavowal, his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, taunted the globalist media opposing the presidents nationalist agenda and Goldstein couldnt help but notice the language he used was loaded with historically anti-Semitic tropes, reported the Chicago Tribune. We are now seeing a pattern, and during the week in which the Trump administration has been under a microscope for anti-Semitism, this is how you refer to the press? In some of the most unfortunate anti-Semitic terms in history? Goldstein said. That doesnt happen by accident. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have long featured dark tales about Jewish elites controlling the world through international banking and global media which Bannon almost certainly knows as the former chief of the alt-right Breitbart News. Globalist and corporate media these are code words of anti-Semitism, and when theyre used by a man with an anti-Semitic history such as Steve Bannon, youd have to be living in the Stone Age not to connect the dots, Goldstein said. Trump has refused to specifically acknowledge Jewish suffering during the Holocaust or condemn his anti-Semitic supporters, and Goldstein said Bannon is sending a similar message to those white nationalist backers. Bannon is engaging in what I call plausible deniability anti-Semitism, Goldstein said. He can turn around and say, Well, what are you talking about? I didnt attack Jews today, I attacked the media being linked to some corporate conspiracy. By not mentioning Jews, he dares us to play rope-a-dope, to play a game of gotcha.

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Amy Goodman: Remember the lesson of Anne Frank – The Spokesman-Review

Anne Frank would be 87 years old had she not perished in Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp in Germany. What words of wisdom might she offer the Trump administration as it crafts its latest iteration of its Muslim and refugee ban? Anne Frank is known for her famous diary, written while she and her family hid from the Gestapo in a secret annex of a house in Amsterdam from 1942 to 1944. Long before the family went into hiding, Annes father, Otto Frank, desperately sought visas to bring his family to the United States. Like tens of thousands of other European Jews at the time, they were repeatedly denied. Anne Frank and her family were betrayed and sent to the concentration camps. Only her father, Otto Frank, survived. He went on to publish her writing as The Diary of a Young Girl, which has entered the canon of resistance literature. It should be required reading as Donald Trump and his coterie of xenophobes attempt to ban Muslims and refugees from gaining the same safe haven that the Frank family was denied 75 years ago. Anne Frank was denied immigration at least twice. Otto Frank, her father, appealed to the Franklin Roosevelt administration, roughly between the periods of 1939 to 1941, Stephen Goldstein told us on the Democracy Now! news hour. He is the executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Otto Frank was able to get communications very high up in the Roosevelt administration, saying, Please, save my family. Save the Frank family. It didnt work. FDR refused refugee Anne Frank. This aspect of Anne Franks story was unknown until papers were discovered decades later and made public in 2007. The 81 pages document Otto Franks attempts to gain visas for his family for travel to the United States. Fanning flames of fear that Nazi Germany would be sending agents and saboteurs amidst the potential flood of refugees, anti-Semites in the State Department blocked as many refugees as they could, condemning tens of thousands to their deaths at the hands of the Nazis. Whether this kind of evil prejudice against refugees was perpetrated by a Democrat like Franklin Roosevelt or a Republican like Donald Trump, it is an unconscionable blot on the American national conscience, Goldstein added. Thats why, in the name of Anne Frank, we have an obligation to stand with Muslim refugees and to stand with all refugees to help them come into this nation. Since President Trump took office, there has been a surge in threats and attacks against both Jews and Muslims. At least 69 bomb threats have been directed at 54 Jewish Community Centers across the United States since the inauguration. On Wednesday morning, the Anti-Defamation League, which tracks these threats, received a bomb threat at its New York City offices. In University Hills, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis, more than 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery were overturned. As images of the anti-Semitic vandalism emerged, two Muslim activists Linda Sarsour, co-chair of the Womens March on Washington, and Tarek El-Messidi launched a crowdsourced campaign to raise funds to repair the damage. They hoped to raise $20,000. Within 24 hours, they had raised more than $90,000. Any remaining funds after the cemetery is restored, they wrote, will be allocated to repair any other vandalized Jewish centers. Two weeks earlier, on Saturday, Jan. 28, the Islamic Center in Victoria, Texas, was burnt to the ground. The local Jewish community gave the Muslim worshippers the keys to their synagogue, saying there was room for them all to pray there. An online campaign was launched to rebuild the mosque. Within weeks, more than $1.1 million was raised. Construction is already underway. Jan. 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. President Trump issued a statement that was widely criticized for failing to mention Jews at all. Then, at a press conference held with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when asked by an Israeli reporter about the rise of anti-Semitism since his election, Trump responded by gloating about his election victory. When questioned several days later by a Hasidic Jewish reporter, again about the rise of anti-Semitism, Trump scolded the reporter, telling him to sit down, saying, Quiet, quiet, quiet. After widespread criticism over his failure to condemn the waves of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers, President Trump finally called anti-Semitism horrible and painful. Then Vice President Mike Pence visited the Missouri cemetery that had been vandalized. We all would benefit in these times of resurgent right-wing nationalism and xenophobia to heed the words of Anne Frank, What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again. Amy Goodman is the host of Democracy Now! Denis Moynihan is an author and researcher. Published Feb. 24, 2017, midnight in: Anne Frank, anti-Semitism, bomb threats, Donald Trump, Jewish community centers, Otto Frank, refugees

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Message from Anne Frank’s step-sister: Peace will prevail if people are good – ABC NEWS 4

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) The step-sister of an historical figure spent her Thursday night in the Lowcountry telling her story of the Holocaust. Eva Schloss is the step-sister to Anne Frank, the girl known for journaling her life during World War II. Both Frank and Schloss were sent to concentration camps. Now, Schloss travels the country sharing her story and that of her late step-sister. She says it’s everyone’s jobs to bring awareness to the Holocaust and the present day. “Personally I am not afraid. We have to have security yes everywhere. But that happens not just against Jewish people. So I think we just have to live with that. And just be careful. And be good citizens,” she said. Schloss says she understand the threat to several Jewish centers across the country, but she’s convinced that peace will prevail if people are good to each other. The 90-minute talk was sold out and the room was packed with people wanting to hear Schloss speak. The event was moderated by ABC News 4’s Dean Stephens and simulcast on the abcnews4.com website and on the station’s Facebook page.

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‘Diary of Anne Frank’ coming to Play House in October | Briefs … – Cleveland Jewish News

The Diary of Anne Frank is coming to the Cleveland Play House Oct. 21 to Nov. 12 as part of the 2017-18 season. It will be performed in the Outcalt Theater. Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, and adapted by Wendy Kesselman, the play focuses on 13-year-old Anne Frank and seven other Jews living in a secret factory annex hoping to evade Nazi deportation. Following two years of hiding, the show focuses on trust, bravery and the urge to stand up for one another in the face of intolerance, fear and hate. As we began building our 2017-18 season, we were determined to find plays that would inspire all of us to be the very best version of ourselves plays that remind us that diversity, pluralism and multiculturalism are sound of our societies greatest strengths and they must be protected, said Laura Kepley, Cleveland Play Houses artistic director. The result is a season full of light, hope and grit, with exciting productions that will bring our audiences to the edges of their seats. Other shows are: Shakespeare in Love from Sept. 9 to Oct. 1, Marie and Rosetta from Jan. 20 to Feb. 11, The Invisible Hand from Feb. 17 to March 11, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee from April 14 to May 6 and The Royale from May 5 to May 27. All shows are in the venues of the Allen Theatre complex at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. Tickets sales start in early August, with prices for single tickets ranging from $25 to $95. Students under age 25 are eligible for $15 rush tickets, with valid student ID. Call 216-241-6000 or visit clevelandplayhouse.com for more information.

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A Survivor Story: Remembering Anne Frank and the Holocaust – Free Times

Eva Schloss speaks Feb. 27 at the Koger Center. Eva Schloss is a Holocaust survivor with a most unusual legacy. First, she endured Auschwitz. Second, shes one of the few remaining people who actually knew Anne Frank, who would later become her posthumous stepsister. Born Eva Geiringer in Austria in 1929, Schloss who will speak Monday, Feb. 27, at the Koger Center first experienced anti-Semitism at the age of nine, after Nazi Germany annexed her native country. Her family fled first to Belgium and then to the Netherlands. It was in Amsterdam that she came to know Anne Frank, whose family lived in the apartment building opposite her own. As the Nazi threat ramped up, Evas family, like Annes, would be forced into hiding; both were discovered and experienced similar fates. Both the Frank and Geiringer families were sent to Auschwitz. Anne, her mother, and sister would all lose their lives, leaving only their father Otto behind. Eva and her mother, Elfriede, would survive; her father and brother would not. Otto and Elfriede would later marry. Schloss has made a point of keeping these memories alive. In 2010, she published her memoir, Evas Story, a gripping account of what it is like to be a 15-year-old girl in a death camp. She has also she continued to tour the world to talk about her experiences. Most people didnt. From the six million people, theres really only a small proportion who survived. I was still young, I was 15, I wanted to experience life. I didnt want to die. So I held on. But I couldnt have made it much longer. Auschwitz was, of course, one of the most terrible ones, but at least there was a selection there [to decide who would be killed and who would be kept alive to work]. There were camps where there was no selection, so the whole transport to the camp went straight to the gas chambers. If I would have gone to Treblinka, for instance, I would not have had a chance. I dont know how I would have been without it, but for many, many years I was quite shy and depressed; I didnt want really to mix with people. It was in my mind all the time, with everything. You kind of try to make a life for yourself, but this is haunting you over time, until I started to speak about it in 1986, 40 years after, and then you can sort of let go. Eventually, you make peace with the fact that that this happened and you live with it. No, not really. It was a relief, actually. Because I felt now that it is over I can let go, and even now when somebody asks me a little detail out of the book, I have to look it up again Ive forgot, you know? Before, it was imprinted in my brain. But once it was written down and once I spoke about it, I could let go. I knew her when she was 11 until 13. Her family had left Germany in 1934 when she was four years old, so she had not experienced any hardship, any anti-Semitism like I [did when I was] nine years old in Austria so she was very relaxed about everything. She was very clever and a very sophisticated little girl, quite a little lady. She was very interested in boys and clothes and hairstyles, and I was really a tomboy. I had an older brother. I used to play with the boys more. She was quite an independent girl, knew what she wanted, had her own will. She might have become a politician, because she was very interested in what was going on in the world. Or she might have become a writer. This was really something which she was good at, at that time, and interested in, whats happening in the world. She might have become somebody of Amnesty International, or somebody about womens rights, but she certainly would have done something involved in what was going on around her.

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Anne Frank Center Commends Pence for Visit to Vandalized Cemetery After Criticisms of Trump – Mediaite

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect had some particularly critical words for President Trump yesterday on the subject of anti-Semitism, but today the center praised Vice President Mike Pence for his visit to a Jewish cemetery that was recently vandalized. During a planned speech in Missouri today, the vice president condemned the vandalism and acts of hatred and anti-Semitism. He thenvisited the cemetery itself and spoke out against hate there again, as well as helped out the clean-up efforts. Yesterday the Anne Frank Center released a statement blasting Trump for not doing enough to condemn anti-Semitismsomething Sean Spicer pushed back onbut today they posted another statement praising Pence: You can watch a clip of Pences remarks at the cemetery above, via CNN. [image via screengrab] Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com

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Woodland Opera House presents ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ – Daily Democrat

WHAT: The Diary of Anne Frank WHERE: Woodland Opera House, 320 2nd St. WHEN: Feb. 24-March 19, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. TICKETS: Reserved seats are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors 62+, and $12 for children 17 and under. Balcony tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children. Flex Pass specials and group rates are available. To purchase tickets call the box office at 666-9617, visit our website at woodlandoperahouse.org. While The Diary of Anne Frank may portray a dark period in history, its message may be more relevant than one might expect. As people of different ethnicities and religions remain the targets of hate crimes some as recently as last month when the Davis Islamic Center was vandalized the Woodland Opera Houses choice to perform the classic tale couldnt be more fitting. Opening Friday night, The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous and haunting stories to emerge from the 20th Century, according to Opera House Executive Director Angela Baltezore. This story is as much about a young girls struggles with family relations, sense of self and coming of age as it is about a family in hiding during the atrocities committed upon the Jews during this dark period, explained Director Dean Shellenburger. Anne is a young teen learning about life, love, and relationship struggles, just as we all did at an early age. She is all of the young girls in our lives, merely victimized by circumstance and ultimately and tragically taken far too young from this world during one of our darkest hours. For nearly two years, Anne, her father, mother, and sister, joined with the Van Daan family, were forced to hide in a secret annex space above her fathers former office in Amsterdam, as the Nazis deported the Jews of Holland to their deaths. Despite her oppressive circumstances and the horrors that surround her, Annes spirit transcends, as she voices her belief, in spite of everything, people are truly good at heart. Annes dynamism, her luminous spirit, and her story of resilience continue to resonate deeply, making her story as vital today as when her diary first was published, Baltezore stated. My actors, several of Jewish descent including Rachel Trauner playing Anne, feel compelled to honor this story and often express to me their gratitude for the opportunity to retell this important event, Shellenburger stated. I hope all who see will share in their pride. According to the program, Trauner is honored to be portraying such an important historical figure. Trauner who is a junior at Davis Senior High School has also appeared in The Tempest and Macbeth, The Musical Comedy. She has been in the Woodland Opera House Broadway Bound program for four years. She and her fellow cast members will take the Opera House stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Advertisement Contact Sarah Dowling at 530-406-6231.

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The Anne Frank Center is blasting Donald Trump and Sean Spicer on Twitter – SFGate

By Katie Dowd, San Francisco Chronicle Photo: Screenshot Via Twitter Tweets from the Anne Frank Center about the Trump administration. Tweets from the Anne Frank Center about the Trump administration. Tweets from the Anne Frank Center about the Trump administration. Tweets from the Anne Frank Center about the Trump administration. Tweets from the Anne Frank Center about the Trump administration. Tweets from the Anne Frank Center about the Trump administration. Tweets from the Anne Frank Center about the Trump administration. Tweets from the Anne Frank Center about the Trump administration. Tweets from the Anne Frank Center about the Trump administration. Tweets from the Anne Frank Center about the Trump administration. Tweets from the Anne Frank Center about the Trump administration. Tweets from the Anne Frank Center about the Trump administration. President Trump’s most significant tweets since he became president February 21st, 2017 After reports surfaced of GOP lawmakers getting heckled by their constituents at town hall events, the president came to their defense on Twitter. President Trump’s most significant tweets since he became president February 21st, 2017 After reports surfaced of GOP lawmakers getting heckled by their constituents at town hall events, the president came to February 20th, 2017 President Trump tweeted this photo to announce the hiring of General H.R. McMasteras National Security Adviser. The role was vacated after the resignation of Michael Flynn. February 20th, 2017 President Trump tweeted this photo to announce the hiring of General H.R. McMasteras National Security Adviser. The role was vacated after the resignation of Michael Flynn. February 19th, 2017 President Trump sent this clarification tweet after a reference to Sweden that was confusing even to the Swedes. February 19th, 2017 President Trump sent this clarification tweet after a reference to Sweden that was confusing even to the Swedes. February 14th, 2017 After the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump tweeted that the “real story” is the leak of White House information to the press. February 14th, 2017 After the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump tweeted that the “real story” is the leak of White House information to the press. February 11th, 2017 February 11th, 2017 February 9th, 2017 After the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that his controversial travel ban cannot be put back in place, the president took to Twitter to stress his commitment to reinstating the ban. Trump can appeal this decision to the Supreme Court, but is not likely to do so until Neil Gorsuch is confirmed by the Senate. February 9th, 2017 After the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that his controversial travel ban cannot be put back in place, the president took to Twitter to stress his commitment to reinstating the ban. February 7th, 2017 After long delays for the confirmations of cabinet picks Jeff Sessions, Tom Price and others, the president accused the Democrats of obstruction. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren presented a 1986 anti-Sessions letter from Coretta Scott King on the Senate Floor, but was ruled out of order andsilenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. February 7th, 2017 After long delays for the confirmations of cabinet picks Jeff Sessions, Tom Price and others, the president accused the Democrats of obstruction. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren February 7th, 2017 After telling Fox News host Bill O’Reilly during an interview that he “respects” Russian president Vladimir Putin, Trump defended himself with this tweet after facing intense criticism for his remarks. February 7th, 2017 After telling Fox News host Bill O’Reilly during an interview that he “respects” Russian president Vladimir Putin, Trump defended himself with this tweet after facing intense criticism for his February 6th, 2017 February 6th, 2017 February 4th, 2017 President Trump tweeted this after U.S. District Judge JamesRobart issued a temporary nationwide restraining order on Trump’s controversial travel ban. February 4th, 2017 President Trump tweeted this after U.S. District Judge JamesRobart issued a temporary nationwide restraining order on Trump’s controversial travel ban. February 4th, 2017 President Trump tweeted this after U.S. District Judge James Robartissueda temporary nationwide restraining order on Trump’s controversial travel ban. February 4th, 2017 President Trump tweeted this after U.S. District Judge James Robartissueda temporary nationwide restraining order on Trump’s controversial travel ban. February 3rd, 2017 After making fun of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for low ratings on the new Celebrity Apprentice, Schwarzenegger offered to switch jobs with the president. Refusing to let Arnold get the final word, Trump issued this tweet. February 3rd, 2017 After making fun of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for low ratings on the new Celebrity Apprentice, Schwarzenegger offered to switch jobs with the president. Refusing to let February 3rd, 2017 After reports surfaced that a phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull turned hostile, Trump was quick to claim that the conversation was “civil.” Turnbull stated that the call ended “courteously.” February 3rd, 2017 After reports surfaced that a phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull turned hostile, Trump was quick to claim that the conversation was “civil.” Turnbull stated that the February 3rd, 2017 The president tweeted this after Iran performed a ballistic missile test. The days of turning a blind eye to Irans hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said in a statement. February 3rd, 2017 The president tweeted this after Iran performed a ballistic missile test. The days of turning a blind eye to Irans hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world February 1st, 2017 After much backlash regarding the implementation of the travel ban, Trump took to Twitter to defend its intentions. February 1st, 2017 After much backlash regarding the implementation of the travel ban, Trump took to Twitter to defend its intentions. January 31st, 2017 President Trump announced his appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court with this tweet. January 31st, 2017 President Trump announced his appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court with this tweet. January 31st, 2017 A microphone snafu during a press conference held by Congressional Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer led to mockery from the president. January 31st, 2017 A microphone snafu during a press conference held by Congressional Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer led to mockery from the president. January 27th, 2017 After floating the idea of a 20% import tax on Mexican goods as a way to pay for the border wall, Trump defended his proposal with this tweet. January 27th, 2017 After floating the idea of a 20% import tax on Mexican goods as a way to pay for the border wall, Trump defended his proposal with this tweet. January 25th, 2017 President Trump continues to insist that there was widespread voter fraud during the election, despite there being no evidence to support his claim. His efforts to launch an investigation have since stalled. January 25th, 2017 President Trump continues to insist that there was widespread voter fraud during the election, despite there being no evidence to support his claim. His efforts to launch an investigation have January 24th, 2017 The president threatened to use federal forces to stop violence in the city of Chicago, after a surge of shootings in January of 2017. January 24th, 2017 The president threatened to use federal forces to stop violence in the city of Chicago, after a surge of shootings in January of 2017. January 22nd, 2017 President Trump issued this tweet in response to the women’s marches across the country to protest his presidency. Celebrities joined in throngs at these marches, including Madonna, Julia Roberts, Katy Perry and Amy Schumer. The Anne Frank Center is blasting Donald Trump and Sean Spicer on Twitter White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called President Donald Trump’s denouncement of anti-Semitism “unbelievably forceful,” but the Anne Frank Center certainly does not agree and its Twitter account has become a non-stop voice against the president. “@realDonald Trump do not make us Jews settle for crumbs of condescension,” one tweet reads. “RIDICULOUS for @POTUS & @WhiteHouse to use Ivanka’s religion as defense to #Antisemitism – like saying Some of my best daughters are Jewish,” another says. It’s not the work of one employee going rogue on Twitter, however. The entire organization, the U.S. branch of the Anne Frank Organizations network which is dedicated to fighting discrimination worldwide, is calling out President Trump for what it calls a weak response to anti-Semitism across the country. “The President’s sudden acknowledgment of Anti-Semitism is a Band-Aid on the cancer of Anti-Semitism that has infected his own administration,” the center said in a press release. “His statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Anti-Semitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record. Make no mistake: The Anti-Semitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have seen from any Administration.”

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