Too Much Anne Frank

I have reviews I have written of Shalom Auslander’s “Hope: A Tragecy,” a novel that features an elderly Anne Frank living in an attic in upstate New York, and of Nathan Englander’s new short story collection, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank,” being published soon. Both Auslander’s novel and Englander’s short story deal with the use and abuse of the memory and symbolism of the young diarist murdered in the Holocaust. I have shared my thoughts about the posthumous conversion of Jews, including Anne Frank and other Holocaust victims, by Mormons. And I have also posted numerous Anne Frank-related items on my Facebook page.

But this is just positively freaking me out:

What exactly is this? It’s a photo (from Getty Images) of schoolchildren considering the wax figure of Anne Frank, seated in a newly constructed reconstruction of her hideout at Madame Tussauds in Berlin, Germany. Perhaps its the Norman Rockwell-ishness of it that doesn’t sit right with me.

Might it be time to finally let the poor girl rest in peace?

© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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