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Trump’s America Is Looking a Lot Like Germany Before World War II, Anne Frank Center Says – Newsweek

Updated| A human rightsorganization inspired by World War II diarist Anne Frank referenced the Holocaust Tuesday in an attempt to caution its followers about President Donald Trump.

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, a New York Citybased nonprofit that says it wasfounded by Anne’s father in 1959, shared an image on Twitter of a bulleted list laying out what appeared to be similarities between Trump and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Among them were”the president creates his own media,” “he endorses police brutality,” and “he demonizes people who believe, look or love differently.”

“Alarming parallels of history escalate,” the center wrote.

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In a statement to Newsweek, executive director and tweet author Steven Goldstein points out that the tweet doesn’t directly compare Trump and Hitler. Hitlertargeted and killed millions of Jewish, disabled and gay people in the 1930s and 1940s. Equating him with Trump “would trivialize the Holocaust,” Goldstein says.

However, he adds, the tweet’s language and message wereintentional.

“By the same token, it is responsible, and indeed our moral imperative, to point out parallels between actions taken by the Trump administration today and the actions taken by Germany in the 1930s before the Holocaust,” Goldstein says. “1930s Germany imposed a series of escalating steps of oppression, including demonization, discrimination and isolation of vulnerable communities, that evoke what we are seeing today. That comparison is just, and not to make the comparison would be a dereliction of our duty to ensure ‘never again’ to any people.”

Tuesday wasn’t the first time the center has spoken out about the White House. It’s become aregular critic of Trump and his team,bluntly calling out everything from the president’s plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico to former press secretary Sean Spicer’s complaints about Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of him onSaturday Night Live. But the louder it gets, the more the center is scrutinized. The Capital Research Center, a conservative think tank, has raised doubts that Anne’s father was truly involved in the project and accused it of using her name to “advance its anti-Trump agenda.”

Goldstein pushed back against those allegations in an interview with The Atlantic. “So help me God, if Donald Trump were a Democrat, I would criticize him with the same gusto,” he said.

Regardless, Trump has been likened to Hitler before. Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto said in 2016 that Trump’s “strident rhetoric” was similar to Hitler’s, and North Korean state media has called Trump’s “America first” foreign policy “Nazism in the 21st century.” And, most recently, several critics posted on Twitter that Trump’s late July speech to Boy Scouts about loyalty reminded them ofthe HitlerYouth, a branch of the Nazi Party.

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Anne Frank’s Tragic Legacy Abused by the Left – Capital Research Center

Summary: The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (AFC) is a political attack group posing as a Holocaust education organization. The AFC has evolved from a quiet nonprofit into a personal propaganda machine for its flamboyant executive director, Steven Goldsteinwho uses Anne Franks tragic victimhood and Holocaust imagery to advance its anti-Trump agenda.

If theres one group that proves the American Left can make anything rotten, its the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Dont let that name fool you; this is a run-of-the-mill example of a group co-opted and retooled by the Left into a hard-driving propaganda machine. Under new ultra-partisan ownership, its become a self-anointed one-man crusade against anti-Semitism and other -isms, sporting a slick, heart-tugging moniker aimed at garnering as much mainstream media coverage as possible. Theres only one problema big onethe Anne Frank Center has nothing to do with Anne Frank. Instead, its a partisan attack dog aimed at assailing the Donald Trump administration.

Anne Frank is, of course, a powerful symbol of the lives lost in the Holocaust, and a source of education to millions about the danger of tyranny. Unlike the young German Holocaust victim it takes its name from, however, there is nothing genuine about the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (AFC). It has changed its name, its leadership, and its mission statement to the point where it has become unrecognizable from its original iteration. Even the first AFCsupposedly founded in 1959 as the American Friends of the Anne Frank Centerhas dubious connections to the young German-Jewish girl who died in the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen, Germany, in 1945.

The AFC claims Annes father, Otto Frank, established the organization in New York; yet officials at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the Anne Frank Fonds (which owns the rights to her diary) in Switzerland deny the connection. The facts are hazy. The wife of AFCs first president relates, I think my husband met with [Otto Frank] once or twice. Members of the original staff claim the AFC was started in 1977 (when it achieved its IRS 501(c)(3) status). Grayson Covil, the AFCs executive director in the 1980s, puts it plainly: I dont believe that Otto Frank started the American Friends of the Anne Frank Center.

For an organization that was supposedly founded less than six decades ago by a world-renowned Holocaust survivor, the Anne Frank Center sure has a hard time proving where it came from.

In almost every regard, too, the AFC is vastly different from the public image it cultivates. It has no mass membership or scholarly board. It isnt Jewish, and it doesnt seek to educate about the Holocaust. In fact, its difficult to find anything about the group that isnt illusion or flat-out lie, with one exception: the Anne Frank Center has exceptional Left-wing credentials.

On April 11, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered remarks on the chaotic Syrian Civil War:

We did not use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as [Adolf] Hitler who did not even sink to using chemical weapons.

Strictly speaking, Spicer was correct; the sarin gas used to murder victims of the Nazi death camps was never defined as a chemical weapon. During the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, Albert Speer, the German Minister of Armaments and War Production, testified that the Nazis purposely avoided using chemical weapons in warfare in order to avoid like retaliation and, in his own words, international crimes which could be held against the German people after they had lost the war. Ironic as his statement was, the prosecutors understood the difference between chemical weapons used in combat and the sarin gas employed in the death camps.

Spicer was referencing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the dictators use of deadly gas on Syrian citizens, but for the Left-wing press it was tantamount to denying the Holocaust.

The run of Democratic hacksNancy Pelosi and Barbra Streisand, to name a fewlaunched a predictably shrill salvo calling for Spicers resignation. Spicer quickly offered his heartfelt apologies, explaining he had been referring to the use of sarin gas in combat, not in the setting of Nazi holocaust centers. This second slip-up (he should have said concentration camps) earned the beleaguered press secretary yet another round of phony lamentations as the Left howled aghast and rent its collective clothes.

BREAKING NEWS: SEAN SPICER DENIES HITLER GASSED JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST. MR. PRESIDENT, FIRE SEAN SPICER NOW. Credit: Executive Office of the POTUS. License: https://goo.gl/fxw8oA (Public domain).

It was political opportunism; even MSNBC host Chris Matthews stated in 2013 that Adolf Hitler didnt use chemical weapons, and he was never called a Holocaust denier. But one voice rose above the general cacophony. Safely ensconced in cosmopolitan New York City, Steven Goldsteinexecutive director of the Anne Frank Centerlaunched a flurry of social media attacks implying Spicer is a Holocaust denier:

BREAKING NEWS: SEAN SPICER DENIES HITLER GASSED JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST. MR. PRESIDENT, FIRE SEAN SPICER NOW.

On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death. Spicers statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary.

The vitriol emanating from an outlet named for a 15-year old Holocaust victim took many by surprise, even on the Left. The AFC is tiny, and before mid-2016 was hardly known outside of its New York headquarters. But this wasnt the first time its vocal new executive director had assailed the Donald Trump administration for its supposed anti-Semitism. On January 27, the White House released its International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement and came under immediate fire from Goldstein:

[Trumps] statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record. Make no mistake: The Antisemitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have ever seen from any Administration.

What was the President guilty of? The statement left out the word Jew in its attempt to honor the myriad groups victimized by the Nazis. After the Left spent decades expanding Holocaust education to include non-Jewish victims (such as homosexuals and gypsies) in order to universalize the tragedy, its rich that Trump could be accused of anti-Semitism for neglecting to mention Jews in his 117-word statement.

Never mind the fact that it was a Jewish aide descended from Holocaust survivors who wrote the statement. It is anti-Semitism in Goldsteins eyesand this from an organization with Mutual Respect in the name. So who is Goldstein, and what does the AFC actually advocate for?

Goldstein has closed the AFCs modest museum, slapped the words Mutual Respect onto the name, and waded it shrilly into the fetid bog of Left-wing activism. Screenshot. Credit: Erin Burnett Out Front (CNN). License: https://goo.gl/h7vMcB.

Prior to 2016, the AFC was a sleepy educational charity with a staff of less than ten that ran its little storefront museum in New York City. All that changed when the AFC was made the target of a hostile Left-wing takeover. Ten members of the original 21-person board were replaced, and the original staff quit or were fired. In their place came the usual cadre of whingy stage actors, hardened Democrat campaign veterans, and social justice warriors. Their staff biographies veritably sparkle with leftist slogans; they really want you to know they are staunch social justice advocate[s] who fully realize the fight for total equality is never over.

Even former staffhardly staunch conservatives themselvesadmit the AFC has taken a radical turn. Yvonne Simons, former executive director and herself a vocal progressive, noted that the board of directors changed its mission after my 10-year tenure.

The prior board chair was replaced with Peter Rapaport, a Manhattanite and private-wealth manager. Rapaport, in turn, led the push in June 2016 to appoint Steven Goldstein as executive director to the new Anne Frank Center. Since that time, Goldstein has closed the AFCs modest museum, slapped the words Mutual Respect onto the name, and waded it shrilly into the fetid bog of Left-wing activism.

Like many co-opted outlets, the AFC hardly conceals its real motives. It only halfheartedly tries to blend in among legitimate anti-Semitism organizations, and admits it isnt Jewish. William Shulman, president of the respected Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO), divulged in an interview that the AFC is inactive in the AHO beyond paying its dues. Not that the AFC has a problem with this; Rapaport fully admits that it isnt our focus to be pro-Jewish or to be just a Holocaust-education [organization]. After all, why would anyone assume that the Anne Frank Center had anything to do with the Holocaust?

The new AFC apparently felt strong enough about the Jewish connection that it almost immediately dissolved the last thing actually linking it to Anne Frankits advisory board of Holocaust experts. Goldstein explained the move with specious credulity: Nobody knew what their purpose was. As everyone knows, the last thing a nonprofit dedicated to combating anti-Semitism needs are Holocaust experts.

But this isnt Goldsteins first foray into the fever swamps of Left-wing hysteria.

Steven Goldstein (b. 1962) is a political activist from New Jersey. His degrees are from elite, typically Left-wing universities: Brandeis University (B.A.), Harvard (M.A., Public Policy), the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and Columbia Law School.

Goldstein is a longtime Democratic Party operative, starting out as co-campaign manager in 2000 for Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ), then as press secretary to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), followed by a stint with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and last as a counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. In the early 2000s Goldstein worked as a television producer for NBC. In 2004 he founded Garden State Equality, a New Jersey same-sex marriage campaign. He left in 2013 when Rutgers University-Newark hired the activist to be its Associate Chancellor for External Relations. Bizarrely, Goldstein briefly owned Attention America, a now-defunct Manhattan public affairs firm that was approached by the bin Laden family in October 2001, seeking a PR company to distance themselves from Osama bin Laden, following the 9/11 attacks.

This self-proclaimed Harvey Milk of New Jersey (taken from a June 2016 interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency) first wormed into the national spotlight in 2006 during the Laurel Hester debacle. Hester, a police lieutenant in Ocean County, NJ, diagnosed with lung cancer, had sought to extend survivor benefits to her lesbian partner. Goldstein leaped at the chance to showboatin his words, to flash his sense of camp. He claimed the Countys decision to extend Hesters benefits to her partner as a personal victory, which would lead to the 2015 feature film Freeheld, where Goldstein is played by actor Steve Carell. In the movie Goldstein is portrayed as a self-serving ideologue bent on making an issue of survivor benefits into a broader gay marriage campaignto the point where he nearly costs Hester her victory.

David Smith, the AFCs deputy executive director, also has a long history in Left-wing politics. Smith notes his time working for Goldstein as deputy executive director for Garden State Equality. He touts his extensive background in Democratic political campaigns, and served as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

If these two sound like the B-team still learning on the job, theyre finding success in bamboozling much of the media into believing theyre real Holocaust experts. Together, Goldstein and Smith are prepared to take the AFC to new lows in the vague but tireless quest to call out prejudice, counter discrimination and advocate for the kinder and fairer world of which Anne Frank dreamed.

Or so they say. Its difficult to imagine exactly what kind of world this little girl would have embraced and defended. Anneliese Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 12, 1929, but lived most of her life in Amsterdam, where she penned the diary that made her name synonymous with Holocaust tragedy. In July 1942, the Frank family went into hiding in the secret annex of a building on Prinsengracht, in Amsterdam. They survived cooped up there until August 1944, when they were discovered, arrested, and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland. Anne was soon relocated to the camp at Bergen-Belsen where she died, likely from a combination of exhaustion and typhus in early February 1945.

Otto Frank was a key mover in the effort to make his daughters diary famous. In 1963, he founded the Anne Frank Fonds in Basel, Switzerland, where hed relocated following Germanys defeat in May 1945. After his death in 1980, the Fonds continued as the legitimate owner of Annes diary and related materials.

Goldstein has inanely called Anne one of the greatest feminist and social justice leaders in history. Implying that this fifteen-year-old led the charge to fight sexism, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, [and] bias against the differently abled is patently absurd. Screenshot. Credit: Anne Frank Fonds. License: https://goo.gl/P31piA.

Goldstein and his toadies are hardly the first to appropriate the Holocaust tragedy for their own political ends, but their use of Anne Frank as a generic fill-in for any and all social justice campaigns is especially galling. It is, in the end, terribly convenient for the AFC that Anne cannot speak for herself; otherwise she might sound suspiciously unlike the social justice guerrilla the AFC has made her out to be. Its hard to know, for example, what Anne might have felt upon seeing a man wearing a dress claiming to be a woman who used to be a manbut being the product of a middle-class background in an era before the general acceptance of such shenanigans, she probably wouldnt have reacted in a positive way.

Still, a little history couldnt stop Goldstein from bravely posting his vitriol across social media, where the AFC has twisted and warped Anne Frank into a screeching snowflake commando armed with her trusty hashtags. Some ask: How dare you use Anne Franks name to stand up for Muslims as you would for everyone else? the AFC wrote in one post. We respond: You havent a clue as to what Anne Frank stood for. What? Who could have imagined in 1945 that Anne Frank would one day be a full-throated defender of Black Lives Matter, or a bare-knuckle brawler taking on the supposedly racist proponents of Islamophobia?

This kind of revisionist invective would be comical if it werent so cynical: Rolf Wolfswinkel, an actual Anne Frank scholar and former member of the AFCs expert board, doesnt conceal his distaste for the new bulked-up, progressive Anne: To believe that Anne Frank is a sort of Mother Teresa, or a universal symbol of tolerance and goodnessI dont see it in the diary he writes. By taking the Jewishness out of the Holocaust, are we still talking about the same thing?

On its Twitter banner, the AFC displays an image with a smiling Anne superimposed on a photo depicting crying Arab children and hijab-sporting Muslims. America denied immigration to refugee Anne Frank, the caption reads, Open your heart to refugees and immigrants today. The image was created in response to President Donald Trumps lawful and constitutional executive order temporary halting immigration from six terrorist-breeding countries in the Middle East. Goldsteins minions wasted no time in decrying the RACIST MUSLIM BAN and peppering AFCs social media with what passes for witty commentary in leftist circles.

That a young Jewish victim of anti-Semitism is cast as the poster-child for victimized anti-Semites in the Middle East is an irony Goldstein likely cant fathom. But like the AFC in general, the outrage over anti-Semitism is a Potemkin village; the real fight is with President Trump.

Steven Goldstein has taken it upon himself to wage holy war against the Trump administration. A vocal Hillary Clinton supporter during the 2016 election, he is quick to assail the Republican Party while attempting to disguise himself behind the veil of nonpartisanship. In March, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson gave a speech in front of department employees, referring to African slaves as immigrants:

There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less, but they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.

It was hardly the stuff to spark revolution. This is as offensive a remark as it gets, an outraged Goldstein nevertheless pronounced. You do not get a pass because you are African-American, any more than President Trump gets a pass for his delayed and sometimes nonexistent responses to [anti-Semitism] because he has Jewish relatives. A devastating salvo, to be sure, yet one which raises a question: why should Steven Goldstein, a white Jew, be more offended at a remark about black slaves than Ben Carson, the descendant of African slaves? Moreover, Carsons words have the weight of the English language behind them. Websters Dictionary defines immigrant as a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence.

Its a rare and entertaining spectacle, but on occasion even leftists turn on each other: In this case, Steven Goldstein may have pushed the envelope beyond what the conventional Left is prepared to accept.

In spring 2017 the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam released a statement distancing itself from Goldsteins political comments:

The Anne Frank [House] is a museum and an educational organisation [sic]. We too see social developments that cause us great concern, including an increase in antisemitic [sic] incidents and other forms of discrimination. We stay out of the political playing field, and see it as our task to achieve our missioncombating anti-Semitism, racism and discriminationthrough our educational activities.

The world of nonprofits dedicated to educating about anti-Semitism is crowded, and for the most part, attempts to stay removed from controversy. But, of course, the Anne Frank Center isnt a real part of that world, judges David Benkof, a Jewish historian. Armed with a great organizational title, Benkof writes in the Daily Caller, incendiary but ready-to-print quotes; and a gullible media slavishly lapping it all up, Goldstein is finding tremendous success promoting his civil rights warrior career aspirations.

Neither is the center-Left Atlantic magazine buying the AFCs narrative. [B]ecause it talks a big game and wields the name of Anne Frank, the media has awarded [the AFC] authority it never earned. Even the Anti-Defamation Leagueanother organization co-opted by the Leftrefrained from accusing Sean Spicer of Holocaust denial.

Nevertheless, it isnt clear that the belligerent Anne Frank Center 2.0 is having any effect on the Trump presidency. Far from undermining the administration, Goldsteins frequent eruptions seem to have galvanized the President and his supporters.

Following a spate of bombing attacks on Jewish community centers in early 2017, the AFC launched yet another round of invectives accusing Trump of committing grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism [sic]. This time, however, the Donald responded. In a mid-February press conference, Trump condemned the violence, adding, It wont be my people who would be discovered as the perpetrators. It will be the people on the other side.

Predictably, the Left imploded. Jonathon Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League and a longtime Obama operative, said, We are astonished by what the President reportedly said. Sen. Chuck Schumer called the comments absurd and obscene. Debbie Wasserman-Schulz, the disgraced former head of the Democratic Party, characteristically blabbed: [Trump has] given license and permission to anti-Semites and opened the floodgates to anti-Semitic attacks. Steven Goldstein blasted Trumps prediction as anti-Semitism in itself.

Then, in March, police charged Juan Thompson, an African American Left-wing journalist, for making bomb threats against Jewish sites and organizations in the United States; later that month Israeli police arrested a Jewish Israeli-American teenager for doing the sameboth likely false flag attacks designed to smear the reputation of President Trump, his supporters and other conservatives. But the Left was deafeningly silent on the motivation behind these miscreants activities and quickly let the matter drop.

Despite the rhetoric, there is no evidence to support the narrative that Donald Trumps supporters are responsible for a rise in anti-Semitic crimes, if indeed there has been a risethe data is thin on this question. A Pew Research Center poll conducted in February found that Republicans and evangelical Christians are more favorable towards Jews than Democrats areand theyve grown even more affectionate since Election Day.

That doesnt stop the endless, apoplectic accusations of anti-Semitism. In a typical tweet, Goldstein accused Dr. Sebastian Gorkaa Hungarian-American member of Trumps national security advisory staffof having links with a neo-Nazi outfit in Hungary. In fact, Gorkas family hid Jews during the Holocaust. The crime which brought him under fire is his tough stance on fanatical Islamists; ironically, the same zealots who quite vocally seek the violent death of Jews.

In the rush to defame the Right for fictional crimes by blanketing the Trump administration in accusations of anti-Semitism, however, the Left has made some interesting revelations. Alan Dershowitz, a liberal author and notable Harvard professor, nailed it:

This guy who claims to be the head of the [Anne] Frank Center [Goldstein] is a total phony. There is no such thing, this is a minor institution with no credibility within the Jewish community. He is constantly trying to get headlines by overblowing everything.

[Sean Spicer] screwed up. And he apologized from his heart, and I am prepared to give him a pass on this. You know who I am not prepared to give a pass on this? The Democratic National Committee.

They have immediately decided to [politicize] this. This is the same Democratic National Committee, who has as co-chairman Keith Ellison, who didnt recognize the fact that he was working for an anti-Semite, [Louis] Farrakhan. This is just hypocrisy and I think we should not make politics out of this.

Dershowitz is right, of course, save for one thing: the Left intends to make politics out of everything. What these radicals have unwittingly done, though, is uncover their own anti-Semitic transgressions.

It was former President Barack Hussein Obama who authorized a staffer to call Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu chickenshit. It was Obama who lectured the Jewish state endlessly on the right of Palestinians to build settlements on Jewish land and negotiated Israel into a corner by all but rubber-stamping Irans nuclear program. Obamas first Secretary of State, the choleric Hillary Clinton, called Bill Clintons 1974 congressional campaign manager a f***ing Jew bastard.

In his last act as President, Obamas second Secretary of State, John Kerry, refused to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution declaring Jews have no connection with East Jerusalemmanaging to malign millennia of Jewish history, permanently damage Israeli national security, and secure his bosss place as the most anti-Israel president in modern U.S. history. The Simon Wiesenthal Center ranked the move the most anti-Semitic incident of 2016.

Contrast that with Donald Trump, whose brief time as president has already brought tangible victories to Jews in America and Israel.

For one, pro-Israel Jews and gentiles hold key positions in the Trump administration. His pick for U.S. ambassador to Israel is David Friedman, the devout Orthodox son of a New York rabbi and a brilliant economist, physicist, and legal scholar. (In contrast, the British ambassador to Israel is blandly touted for being openly gay; the French and Canadian ambassadors are lauded for being female; and none of them are Jewish.)

Trumps highly competent Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, is Jewish. Jason Dov Greenblatt, the administrations special representative for international negotiations, is a longtime personal friend of Trump who has been described by a leading American rabbi as a serious Jew and devoted friend of Israel.

Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and the Trump administrations U.N. ambassador, has made combating the U.N.s ubiquitous anti-Semitism her goal as the new sheriff in town. I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel, Haley said, Im here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the U.N.s anti-Israel bias. On June 13, Haley criticized a report issued by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, calling it the latest example of the Human Rights Council singling out Israel rather than focusing on the worlds actual human rights abusers.

Donald Trump has familial reasons to sympathize with the tribe. Jared Kushnerthe Presidents beloved son-in-law and trusted adviseris a Modern Orthodox Jew. His wife, Ivanka, converted to Judaism from Presbyterianism shortly before their marriage in 2008, and the couple has raised their children in the Jewish faith; decisions apparently supported by Trump.

Of course, these facts are meaningless to zealots like Steven Goldstein. Goldstein and his cronies remain convinced beyond all evidence to the contrary that theyre living in an alternate reality perpetrated by a conservative cabal. In a February 2017 CNN panel, a growling Goldstein was reduced to sputtering rage at the mere mention of Donald Trump:

CNN contributor Kayleigh McEnany: So, you think the President does not like Jews and is prejudiced against Jews? You think that about the President of the United States?

Steven Goldstein: You. Bet.

McEnany: Does he hate his daughter? Does he hate his [son-in-law]?

Goldstein: You know what, Kayleigh? I am tired of commentators like you from the Right trotting out his daughter, trotting out his son-in-law, as talking points against the Presidents anti-Semitism. They are Jewish, but that is not a talking point against anti-Semitism

And on it goes. But just like the rest of the Lefts impotent attempts to slander the Right, these cries of anti-Semitism fall on deaf ears. In an op-ed to The Hill, Rabbi Dov Fisher points to the professional Democrat Jews who are as false as the Fake News they spread about the President of the United States:

If these leftists are so concerned about anti-Semitism, why is it that so many among them never once sought to protect me or Israel from Barack Obama or John Kerry? When Obama and Kerry combined to imperil Israel by entering into an horrific deal with Iran, they were quiet.

They do not condemn the anti-Semitism of an Al Sharpton, nor challenge why an Obama began his second Presidential campaign by meeting with Sharptons organization.

This President of the United States, Donald Trump, is the most philo-Semitic President of my lifetime, perhaps in American history. We Orthodox Jews know what anti-Semitism really is, what it sounds and feels like, at work and at play.

Israel has returned the warm feelings. A May 22 Politico piece notes that one in four Israeli Jews would vote for Donald Trump. A plurality thought he would be best at representing Israels interests over the other 2016 candidates, including Hillary Clinton. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a sincere friend of the Republican Party, said that for the first time in many years and first in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change. Conservative Israelis in particular delight in Trumps tough stance on growing Iranian hegemony in the Middle East (Israels most pressing concern), and his determination to eradicate the Islamic State.

In his weekly address during Passover and Easter, a reverent Trump praised the incredible people of Israel who have raised up the face of humankind. The state of Israel, he went on, stands as a monument to their faith and endurance. And like Israel, America is a nation of believers. We have a beautiful country, an abundant countryside, and an amazing people with a truly bright and wonderful future. As long as we have faith in each other, and trust in God, we will succeed.

The perennial war between statism and liberty is fought every day, and on countless fronts. The armed gangs which do the fighting go by many names and proclaim many -ismsenvironmentalism, social justice, anti-anti-Semitism, feminismbut they are bound up in the same insidious cause. Steven Goldstein and his cronies at the AFC may be small fry living in perpetual delusion, but they are also critical foot soldiers in the very real struggle to steal America from those who cherish it.

Sometimes they hide that goal successfully. Other times they dontas with the so-called Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, which Rabbi Fisher muses is akin to someone forming a Martin Luther King Center to sell discount tickets to baseball games and ski resorts.

I couldnt have said it better myself.

Hayden Ludwig is a communications assistant at Capital Research Center.

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Anne Frank is captured – August 4, 1944 – WDEL 1150AM

Anne Frank, a 15-year-old Jewish girl whose diary documenting her family’s hiding in a small space during World War II while Nazis committed mass genocide would touch the world upon publication, was captured by the Gestapo today, August 4, in 1944.

She made her finally entry to the diary on August 1, 1944. Compounded by the deplorable conditions of the concentration camp in which she and her sister Margot were being held, she died of typhus in March 1945. Read more about her story on History.com.

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How Anne Frank’s diary was very nearly lost forever – The Times of Israel

August 4, 1944. The Gestapo raided the secret annex where Anne Frank and her family were hiding and officer Karl Silberbauer grabbed father Otto Franks leather briefcase to transport the loot he found there.

That briefcase happened to be the hiding spot where Anne stashed her diary describing the two years the Franks, along with the Dussel family, spent in seclusion there at 263 Prinsengracht in Amsterdam.

After everyone was rounded up and the rooms emptied, Miep Gies, who helped hide the families in the annex above Ottos spice company, collected the papers scattered on the floor and saved them for Annes return.

But it was not to be. The family was deported to Auschwitz, where Ottos wife Edith perished. Daughters Margot and Anne later died in Bergen-Belsen. After the war, Miep turned the diary over to Otto, saying, Here is your daughter Annes legacy to you.

The story of how Anne had received the iconic red and white checkered diary from her parents on June 12, 1942 her 13th birthday is a famous one. Her first entry expressed the hope that she would be able to confide completely in her diary and that it would be a support and comfort.

She had only been writing in it as a free person for a few weeks before her sister Margot received a call to go to a labor camp in Germany causing the family to go into hiding. The diary became her record of growing up and of self-discovery, as well of understanding the complex world and the brutal war around her.

Anne Frank. (Flickr Commons)

She named her diary Kitty, and, in hiding, entrusted it with her innermost thoughts.

An October 9, 1942 entry reads: Our many Jewish friends and acquaintances are being taken away in droves. The Gestapo is treating them very roughly and transporting them in cattle cars to Westerbork, the big camp in Drenthe to which theyre sending all the Jews If its that bad in Holland, what must it be like in those faraway and uncivilized places where the Germans are sending them? We assume that most of them are being murdered. The English radio says theyre being gassed.

If its that bad in Holland, what must it be like in those faraway and uncivilized places where the Germans are sending them?

And on February 3, 1944, just months before Anne was arrested, she wrote: Ive reached the point where I hardly care whether I live or die. The world will keep on turning without me, and I cant do anything to change events anyway. Ill just let matters take their course and concentrate on studying, and hope that everything will be all right in the end.

When the Russians liberated Auschwitz in January 1945, Otto Frank made the journey back to Amsterdam alone. Eva Schloss, then 15, and her mother Fritzi were on the same homeward bound trip. Evas father and brother had also been sent to Auschwitz, and later perished in Mauthausen.

Together, the survivors went to Odessa and then Marseilles before returning to Amsterdam in June 1945. Otto and Fritzi became firm friends and eventually married in 1953. Had Anne survived, she and Eva born just a month apart would have been step-sisters.

Otto Frank. (Courtesy)

German-born Anne and Austrian-born Eva had in fact met when they were both 11-year-old immigrants taking refuge in Holland.

We were very sociable. We lived in an apartment and so had no garden. Children played in the street every day after school, Schloss told The Times of Israel.

Years later, when Schloss read Annes diary, she was astounded at the maturity of the young girls thinking.

She wrote about feminism and politics. And she said you dont have to wait till tomorrow to do good deeds and help people. She was really quite amazing for that age, Schloss said.

Otto, who had been very close with Anne, was astonished at what he read, realizing he didnt know his daughter as well as he thought.

It took Otto three weeks to read the diary, said Schloss. Then he copied it into German to send to his mother, who lived in Basel. He showed it to everybody.

Over the next few months Otto and Fritzi met at her home to discuss the publication of the diary. In that traumatic post-war period where uncertainty about how to carry on was commonplace, they welcomed the distraction.

Fritzi and Otto in Jerusalem, 1967. (Courtesy)

They were relieved to talk about something else. Following the recent Dutch famine of 1944-1945, where many people had starved to death, there was a very depressing atmosphere in Holland, said Schloss. For Otto, the diary was a ray of sunshine and became his life. If not for the diary I would have wondered how he could have carried on with his life.

But finding a publisher was not such a straightforward matter until an article by Dutch historian Jan Romein in April 1946 appeared on the front page of Dutch newspaper Het Parool.

To me, however, this apparently inconsequential diary by a child stammered out in a childs voice, embodies all the hideousness of fascism, more so than all the evidence at Nuremberg put together, Romein wrote.

Eventually, the Dutch publisher Contact produced the book Anne Frank, Het Achterhuis, translated as The Secret Annex, on June 25, 1947. Noted in Ottos appointment book that day is the word: Boek (Book).

If she had been here, Anne would have been so proud, Otto later said.

The first edition, noted Schloss, wasnt particularly successful because people werent in the mood to read more terrible things after all the suffering that had been endured in the war.

A Frank/Schloss New Years Eve party with all the family, Switzerland 1973. (Courtesy)

Moreover, no one thought what a little girl writes about day-to-day would interest anyone, she said.

Undeterred, Otto got in touch with foreign publishers, who had it translated. He tried to market the book in the United States, with little success, until Doubleday published the first English version entitled The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank. Judith Jones, the editor who rescued the diary from a rejection slush pile at Doubleday, died this week at age 93.

It was just as much as people could cope with then

The diary gave people an insight, without being too graphic. It was just as much as people could cope with then, Schloss said.

In the spring of 1944, exiled Dutch education minister Gerrit Bolkestein appealed on Dutch radio for people to keep a written record about life during the Nazi occupation. On hearing this, Anne decided to rewrite her original diary with the hope it would be published after the war.

But neither she or anyone else could have ever predicted the overnight success it would garner once translated into English, five years after the 1947 Dutch version. Starting with a modest edition of 5,000 books, it was followed quickly by runs of 15,000 and then 45,000 copies.

Eva Schloss at home in London, 2017. (Courtesy)

Jewish author and war correspondent Meyer Levins New York Times review on June 15, 1952, was a game changer. Levin, a war correspondent in Europe, had been witness to the camps as they were liberated. He was among the first Americans to go into Buchenwald, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen and Theresienstadt.

Levin, it was reported, had first come across the French translation of the diary in a Paris bookshop in 1951, identifying with the writings of the born writer immediately.

Hers was probably one of the bodies seen in the mass grave at Bergen-Belsen, for in August, 1944, the knock came on that hidden door in Amsterdam, he wrote in his review. Because the diary was not written in retrospect, it contains the trembling life of every moment Anne Franks voice becomes the voice of 6 million vanished Jewish souls.

Eva Schloss is the author of Evas Story, After Auschwitz, and The Promise. Nadine Wojakovski is the author of Dutch wartime memoir Two Prayers Before Bedtime.

Anne Frank, at age 12, at her school desk in Amsterdam, 1941. (Photo credit: Courtesy Beyond the Story)

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Editor who plucked ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ from rejection pile dies – New York Post

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Judith Jones, a legend in the New York publishing world who plucked The Diary of Anne Frank out of a rejection pile, died Wednesday at her summer home in Vermont at the age of 93.

Jones worked for Knopf publishing for more than five decades, joining the company in 1957 and retiring in 2011. Over the course of her storied career, Jones convinced Alfred Knopf to publish Julia Childs now-iconic Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961, and she championed other cookbook authors like James Beard, Marcella Hazan, Lidia Bastianich, and literary writers like John Updike, Anne Tyler, William Maxwell, and Sharon Olds.

It is impossible to imagine book publishing without Judith, said Knopf Chairman and Editor in Chief Sonny Mehta. Her authors have been recipients of five Pulitzer Prizes, five National Book Awards, and three National Book Critics Circle Awards, and her cookbook authors have been recipients of 41 awards from the James Beard Foundation and thirteen awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Prior to joining Knopf, Jones worked as an assistant at Doubleday, first in New York and then in Paris. It was there that she noticed Holocaust victim Anne Franks diary in a slush pile that had been rejected by other publishers for translation into English.

When Anne Franks father Otto returned to Amsterdam after the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, he went to see Miep Gies, who was one of the people who helped hide the Frank family in a secret annex above Otto Franks business. Gies had found the diary after the Gestapo raid of the annex and hid it, unread, hoping that Anne would one day return for it.

Instead, Otto would be the only member of the eight annex residents to return. Anne died in March 1945 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, only about 2 months before the Germans were defeated.

Anne Frank made it clear in her diary that she wanted it published. Despite initial misgivings, Otto followed her wishes. The diary was printed in Dutch in 1947 and in Germany and France in 1950, but had not been translated into English.

Jones was drawn by Annes picture on the advance copy of the French edition, and spent all day reading it in tears.

When my boss returned, I told him, We have to publish this book. He said, What? That book by that kid? Jones explained in a 2001 interview with the Associated Press.

She brought the diary to the attention of Doubledays New York office, and the book was published in the US in 1952 to wide acclaim. I was so taken with it, and I felt it would have a real market in America. Its one of those seminal books that will never be forgotten.

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Judith Jones, cookbook author who brought Julia Child and others to the table, dies at 93 – Washington Post

Judith Jones, the legendary editor who rescued The Diary of Anne Frank from a publishers reject pile and later introduced readers to the likes of Julia Child and a host of other influential cookbook authors, died Aug. 2 at her summer home in Walden, Vt. She was 93.

The cause was complications from Alzheimers disease, said her step-daughter Bronwyn Dunne.

Mrs. Jones helped open a world of cuisines to a public previously bound by convenience foods, and her impact on cookbook publishing, home cooking and the American palate was monumental.

Beginning in the 1950s, she followed her own curiosity and her instincts for what readers wanted to cook and needed to know, and she championed the work of unknown authors who became icons and whose books became classics.

The list of these scholar-cooks who owe her their career includes Madhur Jaffrey, Claudia Roden, Marcella Hazan, Joan Nathan, Edna Lewis, Lidia Bastianich, Anna Thomas, Hiroko Shimbo, Michael Field and Nina Simonds. She also edited some of Alfred A. Knopf Inc.s most famous fiction writers, including John Updike and Anne Tyler.

Without her discovery of Franks memoir, while she was at Doubleday in Paris, American readers might never have been introduced to Franks startling, first-person narrative, one of the first Holocaust accounts to reach the United States. Her role was small but pivotal, and it was enough to get her noticed and hired by Knopf co-founder Blanche Knopf in 1957.

As a junior editor at Knopf, Mrs. Jones began primarily as a translator of such French writers as Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, and she had no intention of editing cookbooks, the work for which she became famous.

But she had fallen in love with French food when she lived in Paris after college, and upon returning to the United States with a new husband, she was desperate for help unlocking the cuisines secrets in their New York kitchen.

One day in 1959, a huge manuscript arrived on her desk. From the moment I started turning the pages, I was bouleverse, as the French say knocked out, she wrote in her memoir, The Tenth Muse (2007).This was the book Id been searching for.

This was also the book that Child, with co-authors Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, had spent six years unsuccessfully trying to shorten for an editor at Houghton Mifflin. Child worried that the book was unpublishable, she wrote in her own memoir, My Life in France. Maybe the editors were right. After all, there probably werent many people like me who liked to fuss around in the kitchen.

Fortunately for Child and for generations of cooks who fell in love with her there was at least one who did: Mrs. Jones, who spent months trying recipes before deciding the book must see the light of day.

If the book was so right for me, there were bound to be maybe thousands like me who really wanted to learn the whys and wherefores of good French cooking, she wrote. Ordinary Americans, not just the privileged, were traveling to Europe now, in droves, and their taste buds had been awakened. I hoped wed had our fill of quick-and-easy, and there was an appetite for the real thing.

She prevailed, and as Childs editor, Mrs. Jones got her hands, and kitchen, dirty. She scouted for ingredients and equipment, practiced making omelettes and fluting mushrooms, and gave recipes to a cooking neophyte in the Knopf office to try all to make sure the recipes would work in American kitchens. She even was responsible for the books title, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

When I triumphantly showed our title to Mr. Knopf, he scowled and said, Well, Ill eat my hat if that title sells, she wrote. I like to think of all the hats he had to eat.

We are flying blind

The diminutive Mrs. Jones, known for her classic suits and pageboy haircut, was also good at getting her authors noticed. When Mastering was nearing publication, she sent copies to taste-makers James Beard and Craig Claiborne, the latter the food editor of the New York Times.

They both loved it. Beard threw a party for Child & Co., and Claiborne agreed to review it but only if Mrs. Jones and her husband, Evan, would first agree to be the subjects of a Times story about their own cooking.

Mastering sold millions of copies, and Child who had emerged from her co-authors as the books guiding force became a TV star, culinary treasure and household name.

Mrs. Jones formed similar partnerships with other authors, having particular success with those writing about global cuisines curious to Americans.

With a new, exotic, unfamiliar style of cooking, more than ever we are flying blind we may never even have tasted the dish we are trying to reproduce and we need a lot of hand-holding, she wrote. So I kept my eyes and ears, to say nothing of my taste buds, open to the kind of writer-cook who was particularly gifted, like Julia, at explaining the techniques of a different cooking culture.

The best ones, she found, were often transplants, longing to re-create the foods of their homeland. That describes Hazan, whose passion for cooking didnt emerge until she and her husband had moved to the United States from Italy.

She and Hazan clashed often, with Hazan insisting on authenticity and Mrs. Jones wanting recipes to be accessible.

Mrs. Jones also developed a longstanding interest in regional American cuisine. After she was referred to Lewis, the granddaughter of a former slave who wanted to write a book about Southern cooking, Mrs. Jones was disappointed when sample pages Lewis wrote with a co-author didnt have Lewiss voice.

The co-author quit, and Mrs. Jones and Lewis instead began regularly meeting to talk about Lewiss upbringing in a small Virginia community founded by freed slaves. While we were both still giddy with the pleasures she had evoked and the ease with which the details of each anecdote had surfaced, I suggested she go home right away and put everything down just as she had told it to me, Mrs. Jones wrote. It worked miraculously. The stories and recipes in 1976 became The Taste of Country Cooking, which served to transform the publics perception of Southern food and is still considered a masterpiece.

Nathan, the eminent Jewish-cooking authority, worked on four books with Mrs. Jones and traveled with her to Israel while working on The Foods of Israel Today.

She only wanted to do books that made a difference, Nathan said in an interview. Shes a real editor. There aren’t many of them left.

Her favorite lesson from Mrs. Jones: Find your voice, Nathan said. Find who you are and dont be afraid to show it.

We have to publish this book

She came from Barbados and at my urging would tell me about the foods she grew up on strange fruits Id never heard of, hot peppers that made one sweat, and, of course, garlic, she wrote in her memoir. Her father recognized her adventurous palate and indulged her on restaurant visits.

After she graduated in 1945 from Bennington College in Vermont, she returned briefly to New York to work in publishing before a three-week vacation in Europe turned into a full-time move to Paris.

At 27, working as a girl Friday at Doubleday in Paris, she was tasked one day in 1950 with filing rejected submissions.

My boss went off to lunch with his fellow editors, and left me with a pile of stuff, she told the Jewish Chronicle in 2009. I came to this lovely face, she said, referring to Anne Franks photo on the advance copy of the French edition of the book. I read it all day. When my boss returned, I told him, We have to publish this book. He said, What? That book by that kid?

It had been published in Dutch and was set for publication in French, but was rejected by other English-language publishers, too, before she successfully argued that the New York office of Doubleday should take it on. The story of the Holocaust as seen through a young girls eyes became an international sensation, one of the best-selling books of all time and adapted for stage and screen.

Early in her Paris years, the future cookbook editor had been an assistant to Evan Jones, who edited a magazine aimed at American tourists. They wed in 1951, eventually settling in New York and maintaining their summer home in Vermont.

Survivors include four stepchildren, Bronwyn Dunne of South Burlington, Vt., Pamela Richards of Stamford, Conn., Audrey Bierman of Grinnell, Iowa, and John Christopher Vandercook of Honolulu; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her cookbook editing, Mrs. Jones wrote three books with Evan: The Book of Bread; Knead It, Punch It, Bake It! (a childrens book); and The Book of New New England Cookery.

She worked at Knopf for a half-century, but her early time there was not without struggle.

For many years, she and Blanche were the only women in the Knopf offices, Sara Franklin, who spent months interviewing Mrs. Jones for an oral history on behalf of the Julia Child Foundation, wrote in Cherry Bombe magazine in 2014. While editing prestigious writers helped Jones climb the ranks, her culinary pursuits were often perceived as fluff. Women were kept down, she remembers, and people often assumed she was a secretary rather than an editor.

In 2006, Mrs. Jones was awarded the James Beard Foundations Lifetime Achievement Award. She retired from Knopf in 2010 as senior editor and vice president.

Her husband died in 1996, but Mrs. Jones was determined to not let his absence deter her from continuing their favorite ritual: cooking. Instead of walking into what might have seemed an empty apartment actually, Ive always had a dog who is hungry to greet me I gravitate toward the kitchen, she wrote in The Tenth Muse.

After her memoir was published, Mrs. Jones received so many requests to write more about her solo cooking that in 2010 she published The Pleasures of Cooking for One. Rather than dwell on the challenges, the book praises the joys of lighting a candle, pouring a glass of wine and laying out her best linens for a meal she would savor. She drew on a lifetime of cooking and lessons from the authors she had edited to espouse her belief in frugality and the smart use of leftovers, repurposing them into other dishes.

Her last book was 2014s Love Me, Feed Me, a guide to making food that a cook could share with a dog. Its no accident that many of the recipes she wrote about doling out for herself and her little pooch, Mabon Moroccan moussaka, Indian red lentils, Southern-style shrimp and grits are staples of some of the same cuisines Mrs. Jones had long before helped demystify.

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Anne Frank wrote her last diary entry on this day – The Jerusalem Post

Jews around the world today are observing the 9th of Av or Tisha Be’av, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem.

Coincedentally, this year the somber fasting holiday shares the same gregorian calendar date as another sad anniversary in Jewish history.

August 1, 1944 was the date of Anne Frank’s last diary entry. Frank wrote the diary during the two-year period that her family hid in the attic of Opekta, her father Otto’s former place of business, in Amsterdam.

The Frank family went into hiding on June 12, 1942 and Anne began writing in her diary two days later on the 14th. From June 14, 1942 to August 1, 1944, the teenager would document life inside the attic in her diary, which she addressed to “Kitty,” ultimately becoming one of the most complete first-hand accounts of a Holocaust victim.

The original occupants of the attic were Anne, her older sister Margot, and their parents Otto and Edith. Three members of the van Pels family — Hermann, Auguste, and their son Peter — and Fritz Pfeffer, a German-born dentist, moved into the attic later in 1942.

Three days after her last diary entry, on August 4, 1944, German police entered the attic and arrested all the occupants.

Anne and Margot were sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. Both died of typhus shortly before the camp was liberated in 1945. The exact dates of their deaths are unknown.

Of the seven occupants of the attic, only Otto Frank survived. After the war, he devoted much of his life to publishing his daughter’s diary. The diary (published in English as The Diary of a Young Girl) has been translated into over 60 languages and adapted into multiple award-winning plays and films.

15-year-old Anne’s entry from August 1, 1944 reads as follows: Dearest Kitty,

“A bundle of contradictions” was the end of my previous letter and is the beginning of this one. Can you please tell me exactly what “a bundle of contradictions” is? What does “contradiction” mean? Like so many words, it can be interpreted in two ways: a contradiction imposed from without and one imposed from within.

The former means not accepting other people’s opinions, always knowing best, having the last word; in short, all those unpleasant traits for which I’m known. The latter, for which I’m not known, is my own secret.

As I’ve told you many times, I’m split in two. One side contains my exuberant cheerfulness, my flippancy, my joy in life and, above all, my ability to appreciate the lighter side of things. By that I mean not finding anything wrong with flirtations, a kiss, an embrace, an off-color joke. This side of me is usually lying in wait to ambush the other one, which is much purer, deeper and finer. No one knows Anne’s better side, and that’s why most people can’t stand me.

Oh, I can be an amusing clown for an afternoon, but after that everyone’s had enough of me to last a month. Actually, I’m what a romantic movie is to a profound thinker a mere diversion, a comic interlude, something that is soon forgotten: not bad, but not particularly good either.

I hate having to tell you this, but why shouldn’t I admit it when I know it’s true? My lighter, more superficial side will always steal a march on the deeper side and therefore always win. You can’t imagine how often I’ve tried to push away this Anne, which is only half of what is known as Anne-to beat her down, hide her. But it doesn’t work, and I know why.

I’m afraid that people who know me as I usually am will discover I have another side, a better and finer side. I’m afraid they’ll mock me, think I’m ridiculous and sentimental and not take me seriously. I’m used to not being taken seriously, but only the “light-hearted” Anne is used to it and can put up with it; the “deeper” Anne is too weak. If I force the good Anne into the spotlight for even fifteen minutes, she shuts up like a clam the moment she’s called upon to speak, and lets Anne number one do the talking. Before I realize it, she’s disappeared.

So the nice Anne is never seen in company. She’s never made a single appearance, though she almost always takes the stage when I’m alone. I know exactly how I’d like to be, how I am on the inside. But unfortunately I’m only like that with myself. And perhaps that’s why-no, I’m sure that’s the reason why I think of myself as happy on the inside and other people think I’m happy on the outside. I’m guided by the pure Anne within, but on the outside I’m nothing but a frolicsome little goat tugging at its tether.

As I’ve told you, what I say is not what I feel, which is why I have a reputation for being boy-crazy as well as a flirt, a smart aleck and a reader of romances. The happy-go-lucky Anne laughs, gives a flippant reply, shrugs her shoulders and pretends she doesn’t give a darn. The quiet Anne reacts in just the opposite way. If I’m being completely honest, I’ll have to admit that it does matter to me, that I’m trying very hard to change myself, but that I I’m always up against a more powerful enemy.

A voice within me is sobbing, “You see, that’s what’s become of you. You’re surrounded by negative opinions, dismayed looks and mocking faces, people, who dislike you, and all because you don’t listen to the advice of your own better half.”

Believe me, I’d like to listen, but it doesn’t work, because if I’m quiet and serious, everyone thinks I’m putting on a new act and I have to save myself with a joke, and then I’m not even talking about my own family, who assume I must be sick, stuff me with aspirins and sedatives, feel my neck and forehead to see if I have a temperature, ask about my bowel movements and berate me for being in a bad mood, until I just can’t keep it up anymore, because when everybody starts hovering over me, I get cross, then sad, and finally end up turning my heart inside out, the bad part on the outside and the good part on the inside, and keep trying to find a way to become what I’d like to be and what I could be if if only there were no other people in the world.

Yours, Anne M. Frank

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Anne Frank Center Tweets Rant Against Trump and Ivanka For Transgender Ban – MRCTV (blog)

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, an organization which theoretically fights against the kind of prejudice that led to the Holocaust, has been using its Twitter account to attack President Trump and Ivanka Trump over Trumps proposed transgender troop ban.

The Anne Frank Center began their tweeting spree by issuing an official statement by calling the transgender troop ban a NEW LOVE OF HATRED and EVIL:

They continued the rant by calling Trump evil, even trying to draw a connection between the day former President Truman desegregated the military and Trumps transgender tweet:

The Anne Frank Center then questioned Trumps own courage:

The Center even went as far as to say Trump terrorized U.S. military preparedness with his ban and needs extreme vetting:

The Anne Frank Center even repeatedly tweeted that an example of a world leader is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, not Trump:

Even Trumps daughter was not spared from the Anne Frank Centers scorn. In a now-deleted tweet, the Anne Frank Center tweeted a still image from a Saturday Night Live skit about Ivanka Trump (archive here), calling her complicit:

Another tweet claimed Ivanka, who has said she supports the gay community before, can no longer do more good from the inside:

The Center even scolded fellow human rights organizations for not vocally opposing the transgender ban.

As of Monday morning (approximately 9 a.m. ET) the Anne Frank Center has issued approximately 20 tweets regarding the transgender troop ban.

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Human Condition: Remembering Anne Frank, and a world of families lost – The Advocate

Aug. 4 marks the 73rd anniversary of the capture of Anne Frank and her family by the Gestapo in Amsterdam during World War II.

Part of her family would die in Auschwitz. Anne and her sister, Margot, would perish at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

From the ashes of those days of racist fire, the world was bequeathed a diary of family history to twist the souls of reasonable beings.

I am an addict to history.

I love reading about history.

I just wish I had one.

Many of my friends, using sites like Ancestry.com, can excavate their family past. I know one person who does it the old-fashioned way, digging through dusty archives in courthouses and public libraries. She’s even gone so far as to travel to Europe to uncover her past all the way back to the royal court of France’s Louis XIV.

I’m not so lucky.

In an ironic way, I don’t have a history because of history.

What I do know is this: My grandfather, Reuben Kamenitz, arrived in New York City from Kovno, Lithuania, sometime around 1910. I don’t know what he worked at, but he saved his money to bring his family over. First his father, Kusiel. Later came his brothers, including Murray, who was a deaf mute.

The rest of our direct line of descendants remained in Kovno, whose 35,000 Jews made up about a third of the city’s population. According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the city was home to 40 synagogues and four Hebrew high schools, among many other Jewish institutions. Kovno was the educational, historical and religious center for the Jews of Lithuania.

It is there, on the streets of Kovno on June 25, 1941, that my family history ends.

That’s the day the Nazis arrived.

There werent enough of them at the time to do too much damage, so they just whipped up the local Jew haters in town to lend a helping hand, carrying out Hitler’s “Final Solution to the Jewish Problem.”

Some 3,800 Jews were hacked, beaten and shot to death. Many were beaten to death with metal rods. One anonymous individual, nicknamed “Death Dealer, has been pictured with his handiwork. He tortured 50 Jews while they hung in a garage.

In a way, then, it was fortunate that at in July, Police Battalion 65, a German mobile extermination unit, arrived. They just systematically lined up another 3,000 Jews and shot them.

As heinous as this litany from hell’s playbook may seem, it was just the warm-up act for Kovno. On the following Oct. 29, the ever-efficient bookkeeping and killing Nazis, with help of Lithuanian volunteers, shot 2,007 Jewish men, 2,920 women and 4,273 children in a single day. It was called “The Great Action” and is documented by the U.S. National Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Before they were forced to retreat in 1944 from advancing Soviet forces, the Nazis used hand grenades and dynamite to burn the Jewish Ghetto to the ground along with anything else Jewish, right down to the last scrap of paper.

So I don’t get to spend a day in a dusty room with genealogy or an afternoon at my desk poking around websites for my bloodline.

Our small family history is basically derived from two sources: an oral narrative from my dad and an old photo stuffed in an envelope I found after he died.

He answered most of my questions about our family tree with “I dont know” or “They are all dead, and we will never know.”

I cant say he was sad, just a little lost when it came to the subject.

I guess its just me wanting roots, to hear family stories that will never be told. To learn about the people who aren’t in the photos.

The old photo on my shelf shows Grandpa Reuben holding my infant father on his lap with my pregnant Grandma Esther and other family members nearby as they make their new life in the tenement houses of Brooklyn.

In a way, it says a lot.

But it’s also a dead end. There are so many people missing.

On Aug. 4, 73 years after they took Anne Frank away, we should all try to remember our history and, hopefully, learn something from it.

Kamenitz lives in New Orleans

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Trump’s America Is Looking a Lot Like Germany Before World War II, Anne Frank Center Says – Newsweek

Updated| A human rightsorganization inspired by World War II diarist Anne Frank referenced the Holocaust Tuesday in an attempt to caution its followers about President Donald Trump. The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, a New York Citybased nonprofit that says it wasfounded by Anne’s father in 1959, shared an image on Twitter of a bulleted list laying out what appeared to be similarities between Trump and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Among them were”the president creates his own media,” “he endorses police brutality,” and “he demonizes people who believe, look or love differently.” “Alarming parallels of history escalate,” the center wrote. Daily Emails and Alerts – Get the best of Newsweek delivered to your inbox Related: Anne Frank’s stepsister: ‘Donald Trump is acting like Hitler’ In a statement to Newsweek, executive director and tweet author Steven Goldstein points out that the tweet doesn’t directly compare Trump and Hitler. Hitlertargeted and killed millions of Jewish, disabled and gay people in the 1930s and 1940s. Equating him with Trump “would trivialize the Holocaust,” Goldstein says. However, he adds, the tweet’s language and message wereintentional. “By the same token, it is responsible, and indeed our moral imperative, to point out parallels between actions taken by the Trump administration today and the actions taken by Germany in the 1930s before the Holocaust,” Goldstein says. “1930s Germany imposed a series of escalating steps of oppression, including demonization, discrimination and isolation of vulnerable communities, that evoke what we are seeing today. That comparison is just, and not to make the comparison would be a dereliction of our duty to ensure ‘never again’ to any people.” Tuesday wasn’t the first time the center has spoken out about the White House. It’s become aregular critic of Trump and his team,bluntly calling out everything from the president’s plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico to former press secretary Sean Spicer’s complaints about Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of him onSaturday Night Live. But the louder it gets, the more the center is scrutinized. The Capital Research Center, a conservative think tank, has raised doubts that Anne’s father was truly involved in the project and accused it of using her name to “advance its anti-Trump agenda.” Goldstein pushed back against those allegations in an interview with The Atlantic. “So help me God, if Donald Trump were a Democrat, I would criticize him with the same gusto,” he said. Regardless, Trump has been likened to Hitler before. Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto said in 2016 that Trump’s “strident rhetoric” was similar to Hitler’s, and North Korean state media has called Trump’s “America first” foreign policy “Nazism in the 21st century.” And, most recently, several critics posted on Twitter that Trump’s late July speech to Boy Scouts about loyalty reminded them ofthe HitlerYouth, a branch of the Nazi Party.

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Anne Frank’s Tragic Legacy Abused by the Left – Capital Research Center

Summary: The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (AFC) is a political attack group posing as a Holocaust education organization. The AFC has evolved from a quiet nonprofit into a personal propaganda machine for its flamboyant executive director, Steven Goldsteinwho uses Anne Franks tragic victimhood and Holocaust imagery to advance its anti-Trump agenda. If theres one group that proves the American Left can make anything rotten, its the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Dont let that name fool you; this is a run-of-the-mill example of a group co-opted and retooled by the Left into a hard-driving propaganda machine. Under new ultra-partisan ownership, its become a self-anointed one-man crusade against anti-Semitism and other -isms, sporting a slick, heart-tugging moniker aimed at garnering as much mainstream media coverage as possible. Theres only one problema big onethe Anne Frank Center has nothing to do with Anne Frank. Instead, its a partisan attack dog aimed at assailing the Donald Trump administration. Anne Frank is, of course, a powerful symbol of the lives lost in the Holocaust, and a source of education to millions about the danger of tyranny. Unlike the young German Holocaust victim it takes its name from, however, there is nothing genuine about the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (AFC). It has changed its name, its leadership, and its mission statement to the point where it has become unrecognizable from its original iteration. Even the first AFCsupposedly founded in 1959 as the American Friends of the Anne Frank Centerhas dubious connections to the young German-Jewish girl who died in the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen, Germany, in 1945. The AFC claims Annes father, Otto Frank, established the organization in New York; yet officials at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the Anne Frank Fonds (which owns the rights to her diary) in Switzerland deny the connection. The facts are hazy. The wife of AFCs first president relates, I think my husband met with [Otto Frank] once or twice. Members of the original staff claim the AFC was started in 1977 (when it achieved its IRS 501(c)(3) status). Grayson Covil, the AFCs executive director in the 1980s, puts it plainly: I dont believe that Otto Frank started the American Friends of the Anne Frank Center. For an organization that was supposedly founded less than six decades ago by a world-renowned Holocaust survivor, the Anne Frank Center sure has a hard time proving where it came from. In almost every regard, too, the AFC is vastly different from the public image it cultivates. It has no mass membership or scholarly board. It isnt Jewish, and it doesnt seek to educate about the Holocaust. In fact, its difficult to find anything about the group that isnt illusion or flat-out lie, with one exception: the Anne Frank Center has exceptional Left-wing credentials. On April 11, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered remarks on the chaotic Syrian Civil War: We did not use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as [Adolf] Hitler who did not even sink to using chemical weapons. Strictly speaking, Spicer was correct; the sarin gas used to murder victims of the Nazi death camps was never defined as a chemical weapon. During the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, Albert Speer, the German Minister of Armaments and War Production, testified that the Nazis purposely avoided using chemical weapons in warfare in order to avoid like retaliation and, in his own words, international crimes which could be held against the German people after they had lost the war. Ironic as his statement was, the prosecutors understood the difference between chemical weapons used in combat and the sarin gas employed in the death camps. Spicer was referencing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the dictators use of deadly gas on Syrian citizens, but for the Left-wing press it was tantamount to denying the Holocaust. The run of Democratic hacksNancy Pelosi and Barbra Streisand, to name a fewlaunched a predictably shrill salvo calling for Spicers resignation. Spicer quickly offered his heartfelt apologies, explaining he had been referring to the use of sarin gas in combat, not in the setting of Nazi holocaust centers. This second slip-up (he should have said concentration camps) earned the beleaguered press secretary yet another round of phony lamentations as the Left howled aghast and rent its collective clothes. BREAKING NEWS: SEAN SPICER DENIES HITLER GASSED JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST. MR. PRESIDENT, FIRE SEAN SPICER NOW. Credit: Executive Office of the POTUS. License: https://goo.gl/fxw8oA (Public domain). It was political opportunism; even MSNBC host Chris Matthews stated in 2013 that Adolf Hitler didnt use chemical weapons, and he was never called a Holocaust denier. But one voice rose above the general cacophony. Safely ensconced in cosmopolitan New York City, Steven Goldsteinexecutive director of the Anne Frank Centerlaunched a flurry of social media attacks implying Spicer is a Holocaust denier: BREAKING NEWS: SEAN SPICER DENIES HITLER GASSED JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST. MR. PRESIDENT, FIRE SEAN SPICER NOW. On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death. Spicers statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary. The vitriol emanating from an outlet named for a 15-year old Holocaust victim took many by surprise, even on the Left. The AFC is tiny, and before mid-2016 was hardly known outside of its New York headquarters. But this wasnt the first time its vocal new executive director had assailed the Donald Trump administration for its supposed anti-Semitism. On January 27, the White House released its International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement and came under immediate fire from Goldstein: [Trumps] statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record. Make no mistake: The Antisemitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have ever seen from any Administration. What was the President guilty of? The statement left out the word Jew in its attempt to honor the myriad groups victimized by the Nazis. After the Left spent decades expanding Holocaust education to include non-Jewish victims (such as homosexuals and gypsies) in order to universalize the tragedy, its rich that Trump could be accused of anti-Semitism for neglecting to mention Jews in his 117-word statement. Never mind the fact that it was a Jewish aide descended from Holocaust survivors who wrote the statement. It is anti-Semitism in Goldsteins eyesand this from an organization with Mutual Respect in the name. So who is Goldstein, and what does the AFC actually advocate for? Goldstein has closed the AFCs modest museum, slapped the words Mutual Respect onto the name, and waded it shrilly into the fetid bog of Left-wing activism. Screenshot. Credit: Erin Burnett Out Front (CNN). License: https://goo.gl/h7vMcB. Prior to 2016, the AFC was a sleepy educational charity with a staff of less than ten that ran its little storefront museum in New York City. All that changed when the AFC was made the target of a hostile Left-wing takeover. Ten members of the original 21-person board were replaced, and the original staff quit or were fired. In their place came the usual cadre of whingy stage actors, hardened Democrat campaign veterans, and social justice warriors. Their staff biographies veritably sparkle with leftist slogans; they really want you to know they are staunch social justice advocate[s] who fully realize the fight for total equality is never over. Even former staffhardly staunch conservatives themselvesadmit the AFC has taken a radical turn. Yvonne Simons, former executive director and herself a vocal progressive, noted that the board of directors changed its mission after my 10-year tenure. The prior board chair was replaced with Peter Rapaport, a Manhattanite and private-wealth manager. Rapaport, in turn, led the push in June 2016 to appoint Steven Goldstein as executive director to the new Anne Frank Center. Since that time, Goldstein has closed the AFCs modest museum, slapped the words Mutual Respect onto the name, and waded it shrilly into the fetid bog of Left-wing activism. Like many co-opted outlets, the AFC hardly conceals its real motives. It only halfheartedly tries to blend in among legitimate anti-Semitism organizations, and admits it isnt Jewish. William Shulman, president of the respected Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO), divulged in an interview that the AFC is inactive in the AHO beyond paying its dues. Not that the AFC has a problem with this; Rapaport fully admits that it isnt our focus to be pro-Jewish or to be just a Holocaust-education [organization]. After all, why would anyone assume that the Anne Frank Center had anything to do with the Holocaust? The new AFC apparently felt strong enough about the Jewish connection that it almost immediately dissolved the last thing actually linking it to Anne Frankits advisory board of Holocaust experts. Goldstein explained the move with specious credulity: Nobody knew what their purpose was. As everyone knows, the last thing a nonprofit dedicated to combating anti-Semitism needs are Holocaust experts. But this isnt Goldsteins first foray into the fever swamps of Left-wing hysteria. Steven Goldstein (b. 1962) is a political activist from New Jersey. His degrees are from elite, typically Left-wing universities: Brandeis University (B.A.), Harvard (M.A., Public Policy), the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and Columbia Law School. Goldstein is a longtime Democratic Party operative, starting out as co-campaign manager in 2000 for Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ), then as press secretary to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), followed by a stint with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and last as a counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. In the early 2000s Goldstein worked as a television producer for NBC. In 2004 he founded Garden State Equality, a New Jersey same-sex marriage campaign. He left in 2013 when Rutgers University-Newark hired the activist to be its Associate Chancellor for External Relations. Bizarrely, Goldstein briefly owned Attention America, a now-defunct Manhattan public affairs firm that was approached by the bin Laden family in October 2001, seeking a PR company to distance themselves from Osama bin Laden, following the 9/11 attacks. This self-proclaimed Harvey Milk of New Jersey (taken from a June 2016 interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency) first wormed into the national spotlight in 2006 during the Laurel Hester debacle. Hester, a police lieutenant in Ocean County, NJ, diagnosed with lung cancer, had sought to extend survivor benefits to her lesbian partner. Goldstein leaped at the chance to showboatin his words, to flash his sense of camp. He claimed the Countys decision to extend Hesters benefits to her partner as a personal victory, which would lead to the 2015 feature film Freeheld, where Goldstein is played by actor Steve Carell. In the movie Goldstein is portrayed as a self-serving ideologue bent on making an issue of survivor benefits into a broader gay marriage campaignto the point where he nearly costs Hester her victory. David Smith, the AFCs deputy executive director, also has a long history in Left-wing politics. Smith notes his time working for Goldstein as deputy executive director for Garden State Equality. He touts his extensive background in Democratic political campaigns, and served as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. If these two sound like the B-team still learning on the job, theyre finding success in bamboozling much of the media into believing theyre real Holocaust experts. Together, Goldstein and Smith are prepared to take the AFC to new lows in the vague but tireless quest to call out prejudice, counter discrimination and advocate for the kinder and fairer world of which Anne Frank dreamed. Or so they say. Its difficult to imagine exactly what kind of world this little girl would have embraced and defended. Anneliese Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 12, 1929, but lived most of her life in Amsterdam, where she penned the diary that made her name synonymous with Holocaust tragedy. In July 1942, the Frank family went into hiding in the secret annex of a building on Prinsengracht, in Amsterdam. They survived cooped up there until August 1944, when they were discovered, arrested, and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland. Anne was soon relocated to the camp at Bergen-Belsen where she died, likely from a combination of exhaustion and typhus in early February 1945. Otto Frank was a key mover in the effort to make his daughters diary famous. In 1963, he founded the Anne Frank Fonds in Basel, Switzerland, where hed relocated following Germanys defeat in May 1945. After his death in 1980, the Fonds continued as the legitimate owner of Annes diary and related materials. Goldstein has inanely called Anne one of the greatest feminist and social justice leaders in history. Implying that this fifteen-year-old led the charge to fight sexism, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, [and] bias against the differently abled is patently absurd. Screenshot. Credit: Anne Frank Fonds. License: https://goo.gl/P31piA. Goldstein and his toadies are hardly the first to appropriate the Holocaust tragedy for their own political ends, but their use of Anne Frank as a generic fill-in for any and all social justice campaigns is especially galling. It is, in the end, terribly convenient for the AFC that Anne cannot speak for herself; otherwise she might sound suspiciously unlike the social justice guerrilla the AFC has made her out to be. Its hard to know, for example, what Anne might have felt upon seeing a man wearing a dress claiming to be a woman who used to be a manbut being the product of a middle-class background in an era before the general acceptance of such shenanigans, she probably wouldnt have reacted in a positive way. Still, a little history couldnt stop Goldstein from bravely posting his vitriol across social media, where the AFC has twisted and warped Anne Frank into a screeching snowflake commando armed with her trusty hashtags. Some ask: How dare you use Anne Franks name to stand up for Muslims as you would for everyone else? the AFC wrote in one post. We respond: You havent a clue as to what Anne Frank stood for. What? Who could have imagined in 1945 that Anne Frank would one day be a full-throated defender of Black Lives Matter, or a bare-knuckle brawler taking on the supposedly racist proponents of Islamophobia? This kind of revisionist invective would be comical if it werent so cynical: Rolf Wolfswinkel, an actual Anne Frank scholar and former member of the AFCs expert board, doesnt conceal his distaste for the new bulked-up, progressive Anne: To believe that Anne Frank is a sort of Mother Teresa, or a universal symbol of tolerance and goodnessI dont see it in the diary he writes. By taking the Jewishness out of the Holocaust, are we still talking about the same thing? On its Twitter banner, the AFC displays an image with a smiling Anne superimposed on a photo depicting crying Arab children and hijab-sporting Muslims. America denied immigration to refugee Anne Frank, the caption reads, Open your heart to refugees and immigrants today. The image was created in response to President Donald Trumps lawful and constitutional executive order temporary halting immigration from six terrorist-breeding countries in the Middle East. Goldsteins minions wasted no time in decrying the RACIST MUSLIM BAN and peppering AFCs social media with what passes for witty commentary in leftist circles. That a young Jewish victim of anti-Semitism is cast as the poster-child for victimized anti-Semites in the Middle East is an irony Goldstein likely cant fathom. But like the AFC in general, the outrage over anti-Semitism is a Potemkin village; the real fight is with President Trump. Steven Goldstein has taken it upon himself to wage holy war against the Trump administration. A vocal Hillary Clinton supporter during the 2016 election, he is quick to assail the Republican Party while attempting to disguise himself behind the veil of nonpartisanship. In March, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson gave a speech in front of department employees, referring to African slaves as immigrants: There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less, but they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land. It was hardly the stuff to spark revolution. This is as offensive a remark as it gets, an outraged Goldstein nevertheless pronounced. You do not get a pass because you are African-American, any more than President Trump gets a pass for his delayed and sometimes nonexistent responses to [anti-Semitism] because he has Jewish relatives. A devastating salvo, to be sure, yet one which raises a question: why should Steven Goldstein, a white Jew, be more offended at a remark about black slaves than Ben Carson, the descendant of African slaves? Moreover, Carsons words have the weight of the English language behind them. Websters Dictionary defines immigrant as a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence. Its a rare and entertaining spectacle, but on occasion even leftists turn on each other: In this case, Steven Goldstein may have pushed the envelope beyond what the conventional Left is prepared to accept. In spring 2017 the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam released a statement distancing itself from Goldsteins political comments: The Anne Frank [House] is a museum and an educational organisation [sic]. We too see social developments that cause us great concern, including an increase in antisemitic [sic] incidents and other forms of discrimination. We stay out of the political playing field, and see it as our task to achieve our missioncombating anti-Semitism, racism and discriminationthrough our educational activities. The world of nonprofits dedicated to educating about anti-Semitism is crowded, and for the most part, attempts to stay removed from controversy. But, of course, the Anne Frank Center isnt a real part of that world, judges David Benkof, a Jewish historian. Armed with a great organizational title, Benkof writes in the Daily Caller, incendiary but ready-to-print quotes; and a gullible media slavishly lapping it all up, Goldstein is finding tremendous success promoting his civil rights warrior career aspirations. Neither is the center-Left Atlantic magazine buying the AFCs narrative. [B]ecause it talks a big game and wields the name of Anne Frank, the media has awarded [the AFC] authority it never earned. Even the Anti-Defamation Leagueanother organization co-opted by the Leftrefrained from accusing Sean Spicer of Holocaust denial. Nevertheless, it isnt clear that the belligerent Anne Frank Center 2.0 is having any effect on the Trump presidency. Far from undermining the administration, Goldsteins frequent eruptions seem to have galvanized the President and his supporters. Following a spate of bombing attacks on Jewish community centers in early 2017, the AFC launched yet another round of invectives accusing Trump of committing grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism [sic]. This time, however, the Donald responded. In a mid-February press conference, Trump condemned the violence, adding, It wont be my people who would be discovered as the perpetrators. It will be the people on the other side. Predictably, the Left imploded. Jonathon Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League and a longtime Obama operative, said, We are astonished by what the President reportedly said. Sen. Chuck Schumer called the comments absurd and obscene. Debbie Wasserman-Schulz, the disgraced former head of the Democratic Party, characteristically blabbed: [Trump has] given license and permission to anti-Semites and opened the floodgates to anti-Semitic attacks. Steven Goldstein blasted Trumps prediction as anti-Semitism in itself. Then, in March, police charged Juan Thompson, an African American Left-wing journalist, for making bomb threats against Jewish sites and organizations in the United States; later that month Israeli police arrested a Jewish Israeli-American teenager for doing the sameboth likely false flag attacks designed to smear the reputation of President Trump, his supporters and other conservatives. But the Left was deafeningly silent on the motivation behind these miscreants activities and quickly let the matter drop. Despite the rhetoric, there is no evidence to support the narrative that Donald Trumps supporters are responsible for a rise in anti-Semitic crimes, if indeed there has been a risethe data is thin on this question. A Pew Research Center poll conducted in February found that Republicans and evangelical Christians are more favorable towards Jews than Democrats areand theyve grown even more affectionate since Election Day. That doesnt stop the endless, apoplectic accusations of anti-Semitism. In a typical tweet, Goldstein accused Dr. Sebastian Gorkaa Hungarian-American member of Trumps national security advisory staffof having links with a neo-Nazi outfit in Hungary. In fact, Gorkas family hid Jews during the Holocaust. The crime which brought him under fire is his tough stance on fanatical Islamists; ironically, the same zealots who quite vocally seek the violent death of Jews. In the rush to defame the Right for fictional crimes by blanketing the Trump administration in accusations of anti-Semitism, however, the Left has made some interesting revelations. Alan Dershowitz, a liberal author and notable Harvard professor, nailed it: This guy who claims to be the head of the [Anne] Frank Center [Goldstein] is a total phony. There is no such thing, this is a minor institution with no credibility within the Jewish community. He is constantly trying to get headlines by overblowing everything. [Sean Spicer] screwed up. And he apologized from his heart, and I am prepared to give him a pass on this. You know who I am not prepared to give a pass on this? The Democratic National Committee. They have immediately decided to [politicize] this. This is the same Democratic National Committee, who has as co-chairman Keith Ellison, who didnt recognize the fact that he was working for an anti-Semite, [Louis] Farrakhan. This is just hypocrisy and I think we should not make politics out of this. Dershowitz is right, of course, save for one thing: the Left intends to make politics out of everything. What these radicals have unwittingly done, though, is uncover their own anti-Semitic transgressions. It was former President Barack Hussein Obama who authorized a staffer to call Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu chickenshit. It was Obama who lectured the Jewish state endlessly on the right of Palestinians to build settlements on Jewish land and negotiated Israel into a corner by all but rubber-stamping Irans nuclear program. Obamas first Secretary of State, the choleric Hillary Clinton, called Bill Clintons 1974 congressional campaign manager a f***ing Jew bastard. In his last act as President, Obamas second Secretary of State, John Kerry, refused to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution declaring Jews have no connection with East Jerusalemmanaging to malign millennia of Jewish history, permanently damage Israeli national security, and secure his bosss place as the most anti-Israel president in modern U.S. history. The Simon Wiesenthal Center ranked the move the most anti-Semitic incident of 2016. Contrast that with Donald Trump, whose brief time as president has already brought tangible victories to Jews in America and Israel. For one, pro-Israel Jews and gentiles hold key positions in the Trump administration. His pick for U.S. ambassador to Israel is David Friedman, the devout Orthodox son of a New York rabbi and a brilliant economist, physicist, and legal scholar. (In contrast, the British ambassador to Israel is blandly touted for being openly gay; the French and Canadian ambassadors are lauded for being female; and none of them are Jewish.) Trumps highly competent Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, is Jewish. Jason Dov Greenblatt, the administrations special representative for international negotiations, is a longtime personal friend of Trump who has been described by a leading American rabbi as a serious Jew and devoted friend of Israel. Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and the Trump administrations U.N. ambassador, has made combating the U.N.s ubiquitous anti-Semitism her goal as the new sheriff in town. I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel, Haley said, Im here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the U.N.s anti-Israel bias. On June 13, Haley criticized a report issued by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, calling it the latest example of the Human Rights Council singling out Israel rather than focusing on the worlds actual human rights abusers. Donald Trump has familial reasons to sympathize with the tribe. Jared Kushnerthe Presidents beloved son-in-law and trusted adviseris a Modern Orthodox Jew. His wife, Ivanka, converted to Judaism from Presbyterianism shortly before their marriage in 2008, and the couple has raised their children in the Jewish faith; decisions apparently supported by Trump. Of course, these facts are meaningless to zealots like Steven Goldstein. Goldstein and his cronies remain convinced beyond all evidence to the contrary that theyre living in an alternate reality perpetrated by a conservative cabal. In a February 2017 CNN panel, a growling Goldstein was reduced to sputtering rage at the mere mention of Donald Trump: CNN contributor Kayleigh McEnany: So, you think the President does not like Jews and is prejudiced against Jews? You think that about the President of the United States? Steven Goldstein: You. Bet. McEnany: Does he hate his daughter? Does he hate his [son-in-law]? Goldstein: You know what, Kayleigh? I am tired of commentators like you from the Right trotting out his daughter, trotting out his son-in-law, as talking points against the Presidents anti-Semitism. They are Jewish, but that is not a talking point against anti-Semitism And on it goes. But just like the rest of the Lefts impotent attempts to slander the Right, these cries of anti-Semitism fall on deaf ears. In an op-ed to The Hill, Rabbi Dov Fisher points to the professional Democrat Jews who are as false as the Fake News they spread about the President of the United States: If these leftists are so concerned about anti-Semitism, why is it that so many among them never once sought to protect me or Israel from Barack Obama or John Kerry? When Obama and Kerry combined to imperil Israel by entering into an horrific deal with Iran, they were quiet. They do not condemn the anti-Semitism of an Al Sharpton, nor challenge why an Obama began his second Presidential campaign by meeting with Sharptons organization. This President of the United States, Donald Trump, is the most philo-Semitic President of my lifetime, perhaps in American history. We Orthodox Jews know what anti-Semitism really is, what it sounds and feels like, at work and at play. Israel has returned the warm feelings. A May 22 Politico piece notes that one in four Israeli Jews would vote for Donald Trump. A plurality thought he would be best at representing Israels interests over the other 2016 candidates, including Hillary Clinton. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a sincere friend of the Republican Party, said that for the first time in many years and first in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change. Conservative Israelis in particular delight in Trumps tough stance on growing Iranian hegemony in the Middle East (Israels most pressing concern), and his determination to eradicate the Islamic State. In his weekly address during Passover and Easter, a reverent Trump praised the incredible people of Israel who have raised up the face of humankind. The state of Israel, he went on, stands as a monument to their faith and endurance. And like Israel, America is a nation of believers. We have a beautiful country, an abundant countryside, and an amazing people with a truly bright and wonderful future. As long as we have faith in each other, and trust in God, we will succeed. The perennial war between statism and liberty is fought every day, and on countless fronts. The armed gangs which do the fighting go by many names and proclaim many -ismsenvironmentalism, social justice, anti-anti-Semitism, feminismbut they are bound up in the same insidious cause. Steven Goldstein and his cronies at the AFC may be small fry living in perpetual delusion, but they are also critical foot soldiers in the very real struggle to steal America from those who cherish it. Sometimes they hide that goal successfully. Other times they dontas with the so-called Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, which Rabbi Fisher muses is akin to someone forming a Martin Luther King Center to sell discount tickets to baseball games and ski resorts. I couldnt have said it better myself. Hayden Ludwig is a communications assistant at Capital Research Center.

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Anne Frank is captured – August 4, 1944 – WDEL 1150AM

Anne Frank, a 15-year-old Jewish girl whose diary documenting her family’s hiding in a small space during World War II while Nazis committed mass genocide would touch the world upon publication, was captured by the Gestapo today, August 4, in 1944. She made her finally entry to the diary on August 1, 1944. Compounded by the deplorable conditions of the concentration camp in which she and her sister Margot were being held, she died of typhus in March 1945. Read more about her story on History.com.

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How Anne Frank’s diary was very nearly lost forever – The Times of Israel

August 4, 1944. The Gestapo raided the secret annex where Anne Frank and her family were hiding and officer Karl Silberbauer grabbed father Otto Franks leather briefcase to transport the loot he found there. That briefcase happened to be the hiding spot where Anne stashed her diary describing the two years the Franks, along with the Dussel family, spent in seclusion there at 263 Prinsengracht in Amsterdam. After everyone was rounded up and the rooms emptied, Miep Gies, who helped hide the families in the annex above Ottos spice company, collected the papers scattered on the floor and saved them for Annes return. But it was not to be. The family was deported to Auschwitz, where Ottos wife Edith perished. Daughters Margot and Anne later died in Bergen-Belsen. After the war, Miep turned the diary over to Otto, saying, Here is your daughter Annes legacy to you. The story of how Anne had received the iconic red and white checkered diary from her parents on June 12, 1942 her 13th birthday is a famous one. Her first entry expressed the hope that she would be able to confide completely in her diary and that it would be a support and comfort. She had only been writing in it as a free person for a few weeks before her sister Margot received a call to go to a labor camp in Germany causing the family to go into hiding. The diary became her record of growing up and of self-discovery, as well of understanding the complex world and the brutal war around her. Anne Frank. (Flickr Commons) She named her diary Kitty, and, in hiding, entrusted it with her innermost thoughts. An October 9, 1942 entry reads: Our many Jewish friends and acquaintances are being taken away in droves. The Gestapo is treating them very roughly and transporting them in cattle cars to Westerbork, the big camp in Drenthe to which theyre sending all the Jews If its that bad in Holland, what must it be like in those faraway and uncivilized places where the Germans are sending them? We assume that most of them are being murdered. The English radio says theyre being gassed. If its that bad in Holland, what must it be like in those faraway and uncivilized places where the Germans are sending them? And on February 3, 1944, just months before Anne was arrested, she wrote: Ive reached the point where I hardly care whether I live or die. The world will keep on turning without me, and I cant do anything to change events anyway. Ill just let matters take their course and concentrate on studying, and hope that everything will be all right in the end. When the Russians liberated Auschwitz in January 1945, Otto Frank made the journey back to Amsterdam alone. Eva Schloss, then 15, and her mother Fritzi were on the same homeward bound trip. Evas father and brother had also been sent to Auschwitz, and later perished in Mauthausen. Together, the survivors went to Odessa and then Marseilles before returning to Amsterdam in June 1945. Otto and Fritzi became firm friends and eventually married in 1953. Had Anne survived, she and Eva born just a month apart would have been step-sisters. Otto Frank. (Courtesy) German-born Anne and Austrian-born Eva had in fact met when they were both 11-year-old immigrants taking refuge in Holland. We were very sociable. We lived in an apartment and so had no garden. Children played in the street every day after school, Schloss told The Times of Israel. Years later, when Schloss read Annes diary, she was astounded at the maturity of the young girls thinking. She wrote about feminism and politics. And she said you dont have to wait till tomorrow to do good deeds and help people. She was really quite amazing for that age, Schloss said. Otto, who had been very close with Anne, was astonished at what he read, realizing he didnt know his daughter as well as he thought. It took Otto three weeks to read the diary, said Schloss. Then he copied it into German to send to his mother, who lived in Basel. He showed it to everybody. Over the next few months Otto and Fritzi met at her home to discuss the publication of the diary. In that traumatic post-war period where uncertainty about how to carry on was commonplace, they welcomed the distraction. Fritzi and Otto in Jerusalem, 1967. (Courtesy) They were relieved to talk about something else. Following the recent Dutch famine of 1944-1945, where many people had starved to death, there was a very depressing atmosphere in Holland, said Schloss. For Otto, the diary was a ray of sunshine and became his life. If not for the diary I would have wondered how he could have carried on with his life. But finding a publisher was not such a straightforward matter until an article by Dutch historian Jan Romein in April 1946 appeared on the front page of Dutch newspaper Het Parool. To me, however, this apparently inconsequential diary by a child stammered out in a childs voice, embodies all the hideousness of fascism, more so than all the evidence at Nuremberg put together, Romein wrote. Eventually, the Dutch publisher Contact produced the book Anne Frank, Het Achterhuis, translated as The Secret Annex, on June 25, 1947. Noted in Ottos appointment book that day is the word: Boek (Book). If she had been here, Anne would have been so proud, Otto later said. The first edition, noted Schloss, wasnt particularly successful because people werent in the mood to read more terrible things after all the suffering that had been endured in the war. A Frank/Schloss New Years Eve party with all the family, Switzerland 1973. (Courtesy) Moreover, no one thought what a little girl writes about day-to-day would interest anyone, she said. Undeterred, Otto got in touch with foreign publishers, who had it translated. He tried to market the book in the United States, with little success, until Doubleday published the first English version entitled The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank. Judith Jones, the editor who rescued the diary from a rejection slush pile at Doubleday, died this week at age 93. It was just as much as people could cope with then The diary gave people an insight, without being too graphic. It was just as much as people could cope with then, Schloss said. In the spring of 1944, exiled Dutch education minister Gerrit Bolkestein appealed on Dutch radio for people to keep a written record about life during the Nazi occupation. On hearing this, Anne decided to rewrite her original diary with the hope it would be published after the war. But neither she or anyone else could have ever predicted the overnight success it would garner once translated into English, five years after the 1947 Dutch version. Starting with a modest edition of 5,000 books, it was followed quickly by runs of 15,000 and then 45,000 copies. Eva Schloss at home in London, 2017. (Courtesy) Jewish author and war correspondent Meyer Levins New York Times review on June 15, 1952, was a game changer. Levin, a war correspondent in Europe, had been witness to the camps as they were liberated. He was among the first Americans to go into Buchenwald, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen and Theresienstadt. Levin, it was reported, had first come across the French translation of the diary in a Paris bookshop in 1951, identifying with the writings of the born writer immediately. Hers was probably one of the bodies seen in the mass grave at Bergen-Belsen, for in August, 1944, the knock came on that hidden door in Amsterdam, he wrote in his review. Because the diary was not written in retrospect, it contains the trembling life of every moment Anne Franks voice becomes the voice of 6 million vanished Jewish souls. Eva Schloss is the author of Evas Story, After Auschwitz, and The Promise. Nadine Wojakovski is the author of Dutch wartime memoir Two Prayers Before Bedtime. Anne Frank, at age 12, at her school desk in Amsterdam, 1941. (Photo credit: Courtesy Beyond the Story)

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Editor who plucked ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ from rejection pile dies – New York Post

Judith JonesGetty Images Judith Jones, a legend in the New York publishing world who plucked The Diary of Anne Frank out of a rejection pile, died Wednesday at her summer home in Vermont at the age of 93. Jones worked for Knopf publishing for more than five decades, joining the company in 1957 and retiring in 2011. Over the course of her storied career, Jones convinced Alfred Knopf to publish Julia Childs now-iconic Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961, and she championed other cookbook authors like James Beard, Marcella Hazan, Lidia Bastianich, and literary writers like John Updike, Anne Tyler, William Maxwell, and Sharon Olds. It is impossible to imagine book publishing without Judith, said Knopf Chairman and Editor in Chief Sonny Mehta. Her authors have been recipients of five Pulitzer Prizes, five National Book Awards, and three National Book Critics Circle Awards, and her cookbook authors have been recipients of 41 awards from the James Beard Foundation and thirteen awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Prior to joining Knopf, Jones worked as an assistant at Doubleday, first in New York and then in Paris. It was there that she noticed Holocaust victim Anne Franks diary in a slush pile that had been rejected by other publishers for translation into English. When Anne Franks father Otto returned to Amsterdam after the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, he went to see Miep Gies, who was one of the people who helped hide the Frank family in a secret annex above Otto Franks business. Gies had found the diary after the Gestapo raid of the annex and hid it, unread, hoping that Anne would one day return for it. Instead, Otto would be the only member of the eight annex residents to return. Anne died in March 1945 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, only about 2 months before the Germans were defeated. Anne Frank made it clear in her diary that she wanted it published. Despite initial misgivings, Otto followed her wishes. The diary was printed in Dutch in 1947 and in Germany and France in 1950, but had not been translated into English. Jones was drawn by Annes picture on the advance copy of the French edition, and spent all day reading it in tears. When my boss returned, I told him, We have to publish this book. He said, What? That book by that kid? Jones explained in a 2001 interview with the Associated Press. She brought the diary to the attention of Doubledays New York office, and the book was published in the US in 1952 to wide acclaim. I was so taken with it, and I felt it would have a real market in America. Its one of those seminal books that will never be forgotten.

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Judith Jones, cookbook author who brought Julia Child and others to the table, dies at 93 – Washington Post

Judith Jones, the legendary editor who rescued The Diary of Anne Frank from a publishers reject pile and later introduced readers to the likes of Julia Child and a host of other influential cookbook authors, died Aug. 2 at her summer home in Walden, Vt. She was 93. The cause was complications from Alzheimers disease, said her step-daughter Bronwyn Dunne. Mrs. Jones helped open a world of cuisines to a public previously bound by convenience foods, and her impact on cookbook publishing, home cooking and the American palate was monumental. Beginning in the 1950s, she followed her own curiosity and her instincts for what readers wanted to cook and needed to know, and she championed the work of unknown authors who became icons and whose books became classics. The list of these scholar-cooks who owe her their career includes Madhur Jaffrey, Claudia Roden, Marcella Hazan, Joan Nathan, Edna Lewis, Lidia Bastianich, Anna Thomas, Hiroko Shimbo, Michael Field and Nina Simonds. She also edited some of Alfred A. Knopf Inc.s most famous fiction writers, including John Updike and Anne Tyler. Without her discovery of Franks memoir, while she was at Doubleday in Paris, American readers might never have been introduced to Franks startling, first-person narrative, one of the first Holocaust accounts to reach the United States. Her role was small but pivotal, and it was enough to get her noticed and hired by Knopf co-founder Blanche Knopf in 1957. As a junior editor at Knopf, Mrs. Jones began primarily as a translator of such French writers as Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, and she had no intention of editing cookbooks, the work for which she became famous. But she had fallen in love with French food when she lived in Paris after college, and upon returning to the United States with a new husband, she was desperate for help unlocking the cuisines secrets in their New York kitchen. One day in 1959, a huge manuscript arrived on her desk. From the moment I started turning the pages, I was bouleverse, as the French say knocked out, she wrote in her memoir, The Tenth Muse (2007).This was the book Id been searching for. This was also the book that Child, with co-authors Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, had spent six years unsuccessfully trying to shorten for an editor at Houghton Mifflin. Child worried that the book was unpublishable, she wrote in her own memoir, My Life in France. Maybe the editors were right. After all, there probably werent many people like me who liked to fuss around in the kitchen. Fortunately for Child and for generations of cooks who fell in love with her there was at least one who did: Mrs. Jones, who spent months trying recipes before deciding the book must see the light of day. If the book was so right for me, there were bound to be maybe thousands like me who really wanted to learn the whys and wherefores of good French cooking, she wrote. Ordinary Americans, not just the privileged, were traveling to Europe now, in droves, and their taste buds had been awakened. I hoped wed had our fill of quick-and-easy, and there was an appetite for the real thing. She prevailed, and as Childs editor, Mrs. Jones got her hands, and kitchen, dirty. She scouted for ingredients and equipment, practiced making omelettes and fluting mushrooms, and gave recipes to a cooking neophyte in the Knopf office to try all to make sure the recipes would work in American kitchens. She even was responsible for the books title, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. When I triumphantly showed our title to Mr. Knopf, he scowled and said, Well, Ill eat my hat if that title sells, she wrote. I like to think of all the hats he had to eat. We are flying blind The diminutive Mrs. Jones, known for her classic suits and pageboy haircut, was also good at getting her authors noticed. When Mastering was nearing publication, she sent copies to taste-makers James Beard and Craig Claiborne, the latter the food editor of the New York Times. They both loved it. Beard threw a party for Child & Co., and Claiborne agreed to review it but only if Mrs. Jones and her husband, Evan, would first agree to be the subjects of a Times story about their own cooking. Mastering sold millions of copies, and Child who had emerged from her co-authors as the books guiding force became a TV star, culinary treasure and household name. Mrs. Jones formed similar partnerships with other authors, having particular success with those writing about global cuisines curious to Americans. With a new, exotic, unfamiliar style of cooking, more than ever we are flying blind we may never even have tasted the dish we are trying to reproduce and we need a lot of hand-holding, she wrote. So I kept my eyes and ears, to say nothing of my taste buds, open to the kind of writer-cook who was particularly gifted, like Julia, at explaining the techniques of a different cooking culture. The best ones, she found, were often transplants, longing to re-create the foods of their homeland. That describes Hazan, whose passion for cooking didnt emerge until she and her husband had moved to the United States from Italy. She and Hazan clashed often, with Hazan insisting on authenticity and Mrs. Jones wanting recipes to be accessible. Mrs. Jones also developed a longstanding interest in regional American cuisine. After she was referred to Lewis, the granddaughter of a former slave who wanted to write a book about Southern cooking, Mrs. Jones was disappointed when sample pages Lewis wrote with a co-author didnt have Lewiss voice. The co-author quit, and Mrs. Jones and Lewis instead began regularly meeting to talk about Lewiss upbringing in a small Virginia community founded by freed slaves. While we were both still giddy with the pleasures she had evoked and the ease with which the details of each anecdote had surfaced, I suggested she go home right away and put everything down just as she had told it to me, Mrs. Jones wrote. It worked miraculously. The stories and recipes in 1976 became The Taste of Country Cooking, which served to transform the publics perception of Southern food and is still considered a masterpiece. Nathan, the eminent Jewish-cooking authority, worked on four books with Mrs. Jones and traveled with her to Israel while working on The Foods of Israel Today. She only wanted to do books that made a difference, Nathan said in an interview. Shes a real editor. There aren’t many of them left. Her favorite lesson from Mrs. Jones: Find your voice, Nathan said. Find who you are and dont be afraid to show it. We have to publish this book She came from Barbados and at my urging would tell me about the foods she grew up on strange fruits Id never heard of, hot peppers that made one sweat, and, of course, garlic, she wrote in her memoir. Her father recognized her adventurous palate and indulged her on restaurant visits. After she graduated in 1945 from Bennington College in Vermont, she returned briefly to New York to work in publishing before a three-week vacation in Europe turned into a full-time move to Paris. At 27, working as a girl Friday at Doubleday in Paris, she was tasked one day in 1950 with filing rejected submissions. My boss went off to lunch with his fellow editors, and left me with a pile of stuff, she told the Jewish Chronicle in 2009. I came to this lovely face, she said, referring to Anne Franks photo on the advance copy of the French edition of the book. I read it all day. When my boss returned, I told him, We have to publish this book. He said, What? That book by that kid? It had been published in Dutch and was set for publication in French, but was rejected by other English-language publishers, too, before she successfully argued that the New York office of Doubleday should take it on. The story of the Holocaust as seen through a young girls eyes became an international sensation, one of the best-selling books of all time and adapted for stage and screen. Early in her Paris years, the future cookbook editor had been an assistant to Evan Jones, who edited a magazine aimed at American tourists. They wed in 1951, eventually settling in New York and maintaining their summer home in Vermont. Survivors include four stepchildren, Bronwyn Dunne of South Burlington, Vt., Pamela Richards of Stamford, Conn., Audrey Bierman of Grinnell, Iowa, and John Christopher Vandercook of Honolulu; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her cookbook editing, Mrs. Jones wrote three books with Evan: The Book of Bread; Knead It, Punch It, Bake It! (a childrens book); and The Book of New New England Cookery. She worked at Knopf for a half-century, but her early time there was not without struggle. For many years, she and Blanche were the only women in the Knopf offices, Sara Franklin, who spent months interviewing Mrs. Jones for an oral history on behalf of the Julia Child Foundation, wrote in Cherry Bombe magazine in 2014. While editing prestigious writers helped Jones climb the ranks, her culinary pursuits were often perceived as fluff. Women were kept down, she remembers, and people often assumed she was a secretary rather than an editor. In 2006, Mrs. Jones was awarded the James Beard Foundations Lifetime Achievement Award. She retired from Knopf in 2010 as senior editor and vice president. Her husband died in 1996, but Mrs. Jones was determined to not let his absence deter her from continuing their favorite ritual: cooking. Instead of walking into what might have seemed an empty apartment actually, Ive always had a dog who is hungry to greet me I gravitate toward the kitchen, she wrote in The Tenth Muse. After her memoir was published, Mrs. Jones received so many requests to write more about her solo cooking that in 2010 she published The Pleasures of Cooking for One. Rather than dwell on the challenges, the book praises the joys of lighting a candle, pouring a glass of wine and laying out her best linens for a meal she would savor. She drew on a lifetime of cooking and lessons from the authors she had edited to espouse her belief in frugality and the smart use of leftovers, repurposing them into other dishes. Her last book was 2014s Love Me, Feed Me, a guide to making food that a cook could share with a dog. Its no accident that many of the recipes she wrote about doling out for herself and her little pooch, Mabon Moroccan moussaka, Indian red lentils, Southern-style shrimp and grits are staples of some of the same cuisines Mrs. Jones had long before helped demystify.

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Anne Frank wrote her last diary entry on this day – The Jerusalem Post

Jews around the world today are observing the 9th of Av or Tisha Be’av, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem. Coincedentally, this year the somber fasting holiday shares the same gregorian calendar date as another sad anniversary in Jewish history. August 1, 1944 was the date of Anne Frank’s last diary entry. Frank wrote the diary during the two-year period that her family hid in the attic of Opekta, her father Otto’s former place of business, in Amsterdam. The Frank family went into hiding on June 12, 1942 and Anne began writing in her diary two days later on the 14th. From June 14, 1942 to August 1, 1944, the teenager would document life inside the attic in her diary, which she addressed to “Kitty,” ultimately becoming one of the most complete first-hand accounts of a Holocaust victim. The original occupants of the attic were Anne, her older sister Margot, and their parents Otto and Edith. Three members of the van Pels family — Hermann, Auguste, and their son Peter — and Fritz Pfeffer, a German-born dentist, moved into the attic later in 1942. Three days after her last diary entry, on August 4, 1944, German police entered the attic and arrested all the occupants. Anne and Margot were sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. Both died of typhus shortly before the camp was liberated in 1945. The exact dates of their deaths are unknown. Of the seven occupants of the attic, only Otto Frank survived. After the war, he devoted much of his life to publishing his daughter’s diary. The diary (published in English as The Diary of a Young Girl) has been translated into over 60 languages and adapted into multiple award-winning plays and films. 15-year-old Anne’s entry from August 1, 1944 reads as follows: Dearest Kitty, “A bundle of contradictions” was the end of my previous letter and is the beginning of this one. Can you please tell me exactly what “a bundle of contradictions” is? What does “contradiction” mean? Like so many words, it can be interpreted in two ways: a contradiction imposed from without and one imposed from within. The former means not accepting other people’s opinions, always knowing best, having the last word; in short, all those unpleasant traits for which I’m known. The latter, for which I’m not known, is my own secret. As I’ve told you many times, I’m split in two. One side contains my exuberant cheerfulness, my flippancy, my joy in life and, above all, my ability to appreciate the lighter side of things. By that I mean not finding anything wrong with flirtations, a kiss, an embrace, an off-color joke. This side of me is usually lying in wait to ambush the other one, which is much purer, deeper and finer. No one knows Anne’s better side, and that’s why most people can’t stand me. Oh, I can be an amusing clown for an afternoon, but after that everyone’s had enough of me to last a month. Actually, I’m what a romantic movie is to a profound thinker a mere diversion, a comic interlude, something that is soon forgotten: not bad, but not particularly good either. I hate having to tell you this, but why shouldn’t I admit it when I know it’s true? My lighter, more superficial side will always steal a march on the deeper side and therefore always win. You can’t imagine how often I’ve tried to push away this Anne, which is only half of what is known as Anne-to beat her down, hide her. But it doesn’t work, and I know why. I’m afraid that people who know me as I usually am will discover I have another side, a better and finer side. I’m afraid they’ll mock me, think I’m ridiculous and sentimental and not take me seriously. I’m used to not being taken seriously, but only the “light-hearted” Anne is used to it and can put up with it; the “deeper” Anne is too weak. If I force the good Anne into the spotlight for even fifteen minutes, she shuts up like a clam the moment she’s called upon to speak, and lets Anne number one do the talking. Before I realize it, she’s disappeared. So the nice Anne is never seen in company. She’s never made a single appearance, though she almost always takes the stage when I’m alone. I know exactly how I’d like to be, how I am on the inside. But unfortunately I’m only like that with myself. And perhaps that’s why-no, I’m sure that’s the reason why I think of myself as happy on the inside and other people think I’m happy on the outside. I’m guided by the pure Anne within, but on the outside I’m nothing but a frolicsome little goat tugging at its tether. As I’ve told you, what I say is not what I feel, which is why I have a reputation for being boy-crazy as well as a flirt, a smart aleck and a reader of romances. The happy-go-lucky Anne laughs, gives a flippant reply, shrugs her shoulders and pretends she doesn’t give a darn. The quiet Anne reacts in just the opposite way. If I’m being completely honest, I’ll have to admit that it does matter to me, that I’m trying very hard to change myself, but that I I’m always up against a more powerful enemy. A voice within me is sobbing, “You see, that’s what’s become of you. You’re surrounded by negative opinions, dismayed looks and mocking faces, people, who dislike you, and all because you don’t listen to the advice of your own better half.” Believe me, I’d like to listen, but it doesn’t work, because if I’m quiet and serious, everyone thinks I’m putting on a new act and I have to save myself with a joke, and then I’m not even talking about my own family, who assume I must be sick, stuff me with aspirins and sedatives, feel my neck and forehead to see if I have a temperature, ask about my bowel movements and berate me for being in a bad mood, until I just can’t keep it up anymore, because when everybody starts hovering over me, I get cross, then sad, and finally end up turning my heart inside out, the bad part on the outside and the good part on the inside, and keep trying to find a way to become what I’d like to be and what I could be if if only there were no other people in the world. Yours, Anne M. Frank Share on facebook

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Anne Frank Center Tweets Rant Against Trump and Ivanka For Transgender Ban – MRCTV (blog)

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, an organization which theoretically fights against the kind of prejudice that led to the Holocaust, has been using its Twitter account to attack President Trump and Ivanka Trump over Trumps proposed transgender troop ban. The Anne Frank Center began their tweeting spree by issuing an official statement by calling the transgender troop ban a NEW LOVE OF HATRED and EVIL: They continued the rant by calling Trump evil, even trying to draw a connection between the day former President Truman desegregated the military and Trumps transgender tweet: The Anne Frank Center then questioned Trumps own courage: The Center even went as far as to say Trump terrorized U.S. military preparedness with his ban and needs extreme vetting: The Anne Frank Center even repeatedly tweeted that an example of a world leader is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, not Trump: Even Trumps daughter was not spared from the Anne Frank Centers scorn. In a now-deleted tweet, the Anne Frank Center tweeted a still image from a Saturday Night Live skit about Ivanka Trump (archive here), calling her complicit: Another tweet claimed Ivanka, who has said she supports the gay community before, can no longer do more good from the inside: The Center even scolded fellow human rights organizations for not vocally opposing the transgender ban. As of Monday morning (approximately 9 a.m. ET) the Anne Frank Center has issued approximately 20 tweets regarding the transgender troop ban. The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect claims to be a U.S. organization dedicated to addressing civil and human rights across America. Thank you for supporting MRCTV! As a tax-deductible, charitable organization, we rely on the support of our readers to keep us running! Keep MRCTV going with your gift here!

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Human Condition: Remembering Anne Frank, and a world of families lost – The Advocate

Aug. 4 marks the 73rd anniversary of the capture of Anne Frank and her family by the Gestapo in Amsterdam during World War II. Part of her family would die in Auschwitz. Anne and her sister, Margot, would perish at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. From the ashes of those days of racist fire, the world was bequeathed a diary of family history to twist the souls of reasonable beings. I am an addict to history. I love reading about history. I just wish I had one. Many of my friends, using sites like Ancestry.com, can excavate their family past. I know one person who does it the old-fashioned way, digging through dusty archives in courthouses and public libraries. She’s even gone so far as to travel to Europe to uncover her past all the way back to the royal court of France’s Louis XIV. I’m not so lucky. In an ironic way, I don’t have a history because of history. What I do know is this: My grandfather, Reuben Kamenitz, arrived in New York City from Kovno, Lithuania, sometime around 1910. I don’t know what he worked at, but he saved his money to bring his family over. First his father, Kusiel. Later came his brothers, including Murray, who was a deaf mute. The rest of our direct line of descendants remained in Kovno, whose 35,000 Jews made up about a third of the city’s population. According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the city was home to 40 synagogues and four Hebrew high schools, among many other Jewish institutions. Kovno was the educational, historical and religious center for the Jews of Lithuania. It is there, on the streets of Kovno on June 25, 1941, that my family history ends. That’s the day the Nazis arrived. There werent enough of them at the time to do too much damage, so they just whipped up the local Jew haters in town to lend a helping hand, carrying out Hitler’s “Final Solution to the Jewish Problem.” Some 3,800 Jews were hacked, beaten and shot to death. Many were beaten to death with metal rods. One anonymous individual, nicknamed “Death Dealer, has been pictured with his handiwork. He tortured 50 Jews while they hung in a garage. In a way, then, it was fortunate that at in July, Police Battalion 65, a German mobile extermination unit, arrived. They just systematically lined up another 3,000 Jews and shot them. As heinous as this litany from hell’s playbook may seem, it was just the warm-up act for Kovno. On the following Oct. 29, the ever-efficient bookkeeping and killing Nazis, with help of Lithuanian volunteers, shot 2,007 Jewish men, 2,920 women and 4,273 children in a single day. It was called “The Great Action” and is documented by the U.S. National Holocaust Memorial Museum. Before they were forced to retreat in 1944 from advancing Soviet forces, the Nazis used hand grenades and dynamite to burn the Jewish Ghetto to the ground along with anything else Jewish, right down to the last scrap of paper. So I don’t get to spend a day in a dusty room with genealogy or an afternoon at my desk poking around websites for my bloodline. Our small family history is basically derived from two sources: an oral narrative from my dad and an old photo stuffed in an envelope I found after he died. He answered most of my questions about our family tree with “I dont know” or “They are all dead, and we will never know.” I cant say he was sad, just a little lost when it came to the subject. I guess its just me wanting roots, to hear family stories that will never be told. To learn about the people who aren’t in the photos. The old photo on my shelf shows Grandpa Reuben holding my infant father on his lap with my pregnant Grandma Esther and other family members nearby as they make their new life in the tenement houses of Brooklyn. In a way, it says a lot. But it’s also a dead end. There are so many people missing. On Aug. 4, 73 years after they took Anne Frank away, we should all try to remember our history and, hopefully, learn something from it. Kamenitz lives in New Orleans Advocate readers may submit stories of about 500 words to The Human Condition at features@theadvocate.com or The Advocate, EatPlayLive, 10705 Rieger Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. There is no payment, and stories will be edited. Authors should include their city of residence.

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