Objects in Mirror

The legacy of Anne Frank

Posted at 10:17 AM on August 13, 2009 by Eliza Hartley

This August is the 65-year anniversary of Anne Frank and her family's discovery in their secret annex. Her diary remains one of the most detailed and real accounts of Nazism in Europe and the Holocaust to this day. Kerri Miller's topic on Midmorning is its lingering importance and the diary's legacy, and we pose similar questions in the online discussion: What is the book's legacy today? What is its lingering power? What themes make it applicable to our 21st century lives?

Joanne Vicente explains the continuing importance of the diary to her modern students of Cuban and Central American descent:

More than anything, it's an affirmation of the power of the human spirit. In spite of all the horrors going on around her, Anne Frank remained a normal young girl. My students are primarily immigrants from Cuba and Central America, and they tell me they love the book because they see a lot of the trials and tribulations they encountered in getting here, then acclimating to a new life and culture. They always say they wish they could have learned that she, too, escaped to freedom. I think it's also a lesson to us all that we will prevail, even with the powerful hatred and violence around us.

Share your thoughts about Anne Frank's legacy - her diary is one of the few books with such an important place in our literary canon and school curricula. What does it mean to you?

Listen to Kerri and her guests, Anne Frank scholars and authors Carol Ann Lee, Deborah Lipstadt, and Francine Prose, discuss the diary's lingering importance on Midmorning between 10-11 a.m. CDT. Audio will be archived on the web later.

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