Here’s the JTA very deliberately pushing its political agenda of getting sexualized books to kids.
A school district in suburban Fort Worth, Texas, has ordered its librarians to remove an illustrated adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank” from their shelves and digital libraries, along with the Bible and dozens of other books that were challenged by parents last year…
“Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation,” by Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman and illustrator David Polonsky, is a 2019 illustrated adaptation of the bestselling diary by the teenage Holocaust victim. The New York Times called the book “so engaging and effective that it’s easy to imagine it replacing the [original] ‘Diary’ in classrooms and among younger readers.”
The parental challenge against the book came in February, and the district initially dismissed it, Hawes said. Hawes, who is not Jewish, is on a list of parents who can be called in to serve on a committee to review book challenges.
“When we got ‘The Diary of Anne Frank,’ we thought, ‘This is a joke.’ But it wasn’t,” Hawes said, adding that the complaint was that “the book shouldn’t be read without parent supervision.” She suspected that the parent may have objected to the unabridged diary’s references to female genitalia, same-sex attraction and other sexual matters, which have been deemed “pornographic” by parental challenges in the past. But she couldn’t be sure because the parent who challenged the book didn’t show up to the meeting.
This is not Anne Frank’s diary.
This is a comic book based on a version of the diary that neither Anne nor her father wanted published.
I’ve written about the abuse of Anne Frank’s legacy multiple times. There’s the famous play that eliminated her Jewishness. There’s also the ‘unabridged’ diary. This is material that Frank wrote when she was younger that she then got rid of. Her father respectfully edited the diary when he fulfilled her wish to have it published. After his death, the “unabridged” diary containing sexual materials that neither the dead girl nor her father wanted to publish was gleefully put out there.
The material that parents objected to in “Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation”, even assuming it’s true to the unabridged version (I have no idea if it is) was also the material that Anne’s older self censored and that her father got rid of. It doesn’t belong in schools and shouldn’t be in public view. It’s an insult to her memory.
Not everything people write as 13-year-olds should be out there. Nor should they be forced to live with it after death.
The publishing interests pushing this claim that they have some moral right to dig up and publish material that Anne did not want out there for the “greater good”.
Getting it out of libraries and out of publication is a very good thing because it’s effectively stolen material that was never meant for publication. It’s no different than publishing sexual materials or photos of any other deceased person that they would have not wanted in the public realm.
Exploiting the Holocaust to push a sexual agenda in schools is despicable. And using stolen writings from a murdered Jewish girl to do so is equally so.
Anne Frank deserves better. So do our children.