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The stolen legacy of Anne Frank : Meyer Levin, Lillian Hellman, and the staging of the diary

Author: Ralph Melnick
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, ©1997.
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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"  Read more...
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Named Person: Meyer Levin; Anne Frank; Lillian Hellman; Anne Frank; Lillian Hellman; Meyer Levin; Lillian Hellman; Anne Frank; Meyer Levin
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph Melnick
ISBN: 0300069073 9780300069075
OCLC Number: 35723688
Description: xxii, 268 pages, [14] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Ralph Melnick.

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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 reworded 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.

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