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Anne Frank, an American Citizen? A New Yorker's Quest To Make It So
NY Sun ^ | 12/31/04 | MEGHAN CLYNE

Posted on 12/31/2004 3:28:11 PM PST by wagglebee

Her diary is said to be the second most read book worldwide, after the Bible. It has been translated into 67 languages and transformed into several stage and screen productions. It enshrined its teenage author as one of the 20th century's greatest witnesses to one of history's darkest evils, and it has been a beacon to others imprisoned by fanaticism and hate.

Despite all Anne Frank accomplished, however, it appears that nearly 60 years after her death from typhus in Bergen-Belsen, she remains as stateless as she was when hidden away in her "Secret Annex" in the Netherlands, or wasting away in a concentration camp in Germany.

That, in the view of an Islip town council member, Christopher Bodkin, makes Frank a perfect candidate for honorary American citizenship.

The distinction has been bestowed on only six figures. The first to receive honorary citizenship was Winston Churchill, in 1963. Next was Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, in 1981, when Wallenberg received the honor posthumously. Also awarded citizenship posthumously were Mr. and Mrs. William Penn, founders of Pennsylvania, in 1984, and the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette, in 2002. Mother Theresa received honorary citizenship in 1996, a year before her death.

Anne Frank, Mr. Bodkin said, would be the first Jew to be awarded honorary American citizenship, and the first child.

(Excerpt) Read more at nysun.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: americancitizenship; annefrank; holocaust
We have plenty of American citizens who don't deserve it in my opinion (the Klintoons, Jane Fonda, the Heinz-Kerrys, Ramsey Clarke, etc.), so I see nothing wrong with making a symbol of freedom and hope an honorary American.
1 posted on 12/31/2004 3:28:11 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

Same here. I've read her diaries several dozen times over the years.


2 posted on 12/31/2004 3:41:51 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Boycotting movies since 1988)
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To: wagglebee

What is the purpose of this? Some people have lots of time on their hands.


3 posted on 12/31/2004 3:43:08 PM PST by montag813
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She was not and is not an American citizen. What an insult!


4 posted on 12/31/2004 3:50:32 PM PST by Mfkmmof4
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To: wagglebee
Said the article:

"in Israel, the country's laws do not allow for the granting of citizenship posthumously"

The matter is not for the United States, but for the people of Israel to make a new law or amend an existing law, such that the victims so estranged from a homeland, may go home and end their exodus.

5 posted on 12/31/2004 3:53:57 PM PST by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: Mfkmmof4
What an insult!

Why?

6 posted on 12/31/2004 4:07:04 PM PST by Former Fetus (aren't we all?)
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To: montag813

Bump to that. It's like Mudd's family "clearing his name." What a silly waste of time.


7 posted on 12/31/2004 4:19:09 PM PST by LibertarianInExile (NO BLOOD FOR CHOCOLATE! Get the UN-ignoring, unilateralist Frogs out of Ivory Coast!)
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To: wagglebee

What a waste of legislative effort this would be to award citizenship to a non-American who never even set foot on this continent. Of course the wasted legislative effort would at least distract our congress-critters from spending our money, if only briefly...


8 posted on 12/31/2004 4:51:15 PM PST by No Longer Free State (If integrity does not reside in the captain of the ship, then it is not on board)
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To: wagglebee

Anne Frank said in her diary that her dream was to go to Hollywood and be a star. In any case, she never set foot in America. This "honor" would cheapen her memory, because she is for all countries, for all times.


9 posted on 12/31/2004 4:53:57 PM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie)
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To: wagglebee
Frank wrote. "Nice people, the Germans! To think that I was once one of them too! No, Hitler took away our nationality long ago. In fact, Germans and Jews are the greatest enemies in the world."

The senior researcher at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Aaron Breitbart, also expressed skepticism about the purported restoration of Anne Frank's German citizenship.

"I'm sure the Germans would like to claim her," he said, but he added: "Anne Frank's citizenship was certainly taken away from her, and she was dead by the time the law had been changed, so it's very difficult to say that she became a German citizen after she died."

In summary, he said, "Anne Frank remains stateless."

Anne, if no one else wants to claim you, I would love to welcome you here in America.

10 posted on 12/31/2004 6:41:22 PM PST by bjs1779
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To: wagglebee

I would be happy were this to occur, but IMHO she should be made an honorary citizen of Israel. Both countries? Ok with me.


11 posted on 12/31/2004 7:31:02 PM PST by Chu Gary (USN Intel guy 1967 - 1970)
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To: Chu Gary

Israel seems to have some bizarre law that prohibits posthumous citizenship, but I agree she should certainly have honorary citizenship in Israel and the US.


12 posted on 12/31/2004 7:34:42 PM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: wagglebee

When I visited the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam several years ago, I was surprised to learn that Anne's diary was one of dozens of diaries that were written. Anne, along with others, had written diaries with the intent of publishing them once the war was over (and cashing in). Annes' just happened to be thew best written of the lot.


13 posted on 12/31/2004 7:37:03 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (Fraud is the lifeblood of the Democratic Party)
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To: Cowboy Bob

I read that her sister Margot kept a diary as well--but it was lost.


14 posted on 12/31/2004 11:38:00 PM PST by beaversmom (The greatness of a man is measured by the fatness of his wife)
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To: Ciexyz

Her diary was also pretty pornographic / erotic in content. In my opinion it wasn't appropriate required reading, but it was in my 6th grade. Yes, we were even reading it aloud.


15 posted on 01/01/2005 1:02:48 AM PST by newzjunkey (Demand Mexico Turnover Fugitive Murderers: http://www.escapingjustice.com)
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To: wagglebee

No. Way. She wasn't, never even came here. Why doesn't the freaking UN declare her a Citizen of the World? Ridiculous and unAmerican to bestow this kind of honour / title!


16 posted on 01/01/2005 1:03:54 AM PST by newzjunkey (Demand Mexico Turnover Fugitive Murderers: http://www.escapingjustice.com)
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To: Cowboy Bob
Anne, along with others, had written diaries with the intent of publishing them once the war was over (and cashing in).

I had no idea. I find this scandalous!

17 posted on 01/01/2005 1:05:35 AM PST by newzjunkey (Demand Mexico Turnover Fugitive Murderers: http://www.escapingjustice.com)
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To: Mfkmmof4

I don't think it is an insult, though I fail to see the point in doing it, really.


18 posted on 01/01/2005 1:09:59 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: newzjunkey

If Anne Frank had lived through the war...the last thing on earth she would have wanted...is someone to print her diary. It is the stuff that teenage girls usually talk about...drama, problems, boys, and life in general. After you go to the house in Amsterdam and understand the stress of living in 24 hours a day...seven days a week...you can't blame her for intense emtions and putting those feeling into print.

As for the citizenship deal...its mostly a joke. We as well go back and convict Hitler of war-crimes or take Chairman Mao into court over the execution of 1000s of Chinese.


19 posted on 01/01/2005 1:22:04 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Former Fetus

Why an insult? Because she died as a German Jew and I see nothing wrong with that.


20 posted on 01/01/2005 6:40:53 AM PST by Mfkmmof4
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To: wagglebee

Sorry, but I think this idea has as much merit as the Mormons "converting" people after their death. Another case of misdirected passion that could be channeled towards other "good deeds that need doing."


21 posted on 01/01/2005 6:47:25 AM PST by blu (Red Counties to Blue Counties.."Can you hear us NOW?")
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To: newzjunkey

I don't remember her diary as being pornographic. I remember that she spoke about the changes in her body as she matured, but I don't remember anything objectionable.


22 posted on 01/01/2005 10:24:16 AM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie)
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To: wagglebee; proudofthesouth; Former Fetus; Chu Gary; beaversmom

"This is a photo as I would wish myself to look all the time. Then I would maybe have a chance to come to Hollywood." Anne Frank 10 Oct 1942

Anne decorates her narrow bedroom with photographs and postcards of movie stars.


Mass grave at Belsen-Bergen like Anne was buried in.


23 posted on 01/01/2005 3:24:53 PM PST by bjs1779
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