Anne Frank in the 20th Century

Anne Frank book coverAnne Frank needs no introduction. While she was in hiding during the German Occupation of the Netherlands, she wrote what is arguably the most famous diary in the world. The famous diary was turned into a book, an American play, and a movie. The book was translated into 60 languages, and has many editions, some with added material that was previously unknown.

But how did the diary of an unknown girl from Amsterdam morph into such an icon the world over? This is the question at the heart of our upcoming lecture by renowned Dutch scholar David Barnouw, who was one of the editors of “The Diary of Anne Frank: The Revised Critical Edition”. He has studied the Anne Frank phenomenon for many years, and delved into the controversies surrounding the icon of Anne Frank. In his lecture, Barnouw askes "Who owns Anne Frank?" and follows her emergence as a global phenomenon and what this means for her historical persona as well as for her legacy as a symbol of the Holocaust.

David Barnouw is an independent scholar and emeritus researcher and former director of communications at the Dutch Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies. He has written more than fifteen books and dozens of articles on World War II subjects.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, October 18, 7:30 pm, at the Oxford Road presentation room, 1390 Oxford Road, on the Emory campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.