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The Stolen Legacy of Anne Frank Meyer Levin, Lillian Hellman, and the Staging of the Diary

by Ralph Melnick

  • ISBN: 9780300069075
  • ISBN10: 0300069073

The Stolen Legacy of Anne Frank Meyer Levin, Lillian Hellman, and the Staging of the Diary

by Ralph Melnick

  • List Price: $45.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 09/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780300069075
  • ISBN10: 0300069073
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Description: As one of the first American journalists to enter the newly liberated concentration camps in the closing days of the Holocaust, Meyer Levin wished the world to know of the horror he had found. Seizing upon Anne Frank's Diary as a poignant voice to tell the tale, he helped to arrange for its American publication and secured from Anne's father the right to adapt it for the theater. But Levin's overtly "Jewish" treatment was rejected in favor of a play with a universal message, conceived by Lillian Hellman and others in her circle. Anne's thoughts about her Jewishness were distorted, omitted, and rewarded in this new version, and Levin was convinced that a conspiracy existed to delete the Jewish elements from the diary. He spent the rest of his life protesting this suppression of Anne's legacy and fighting for the right to produce his own play. Now Ralph Melnick draws on material never used before -- including papers of Lillian Hellman, Otto Frank, and other key players -- and substantiates Levin's claims.

Melnick unravels the story step by step, establishing the bias of the opposition to Levin. He also describes the wider cultural struggle of the 1950s of which this episode was only a small part. Documenting the conspiracy against Levin and, therefore, ultimately against Anne Frank's work, he shows that something meaningful was at stake in this struggle over the "Jewishness" of the destruction of the Jews.

"I read this book with avid interest. Meyer Levin's conviction that his dramatization of Anne Frank's story was 'de-Judaized' for the American stage through the efforts of Lillian Hellman and her associates has been examined and debunked recently in a book by Lawrence Graver. ButMelnick's book -- which verifies Levin's claims -- is a much more thorough and careful study of what transpired among those opposed to Levin". -- Ruth R. Wisse, Harvard University

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