Event Details

On Tuesday, September 18th, we are host the book presentation of Dutch historian and writer David Barnouw’s recently published book, The Phenomenon of Anne Frank.

Following the presentation, Barnouw will do a talk about Anne Frank, and how she became the phonomenon which she is nowadays. His talk will be accompanied by music by Dutch singer Wilma Wever, who will perform songs on texts from Anne Frank’s diary.

While Anne Frank was in hiding during the German Occupation of the Netherlands, she wrote what has become the world’s most famous diary. But how could an unknown Jewish girl from Amsterdam be transformed into an international icon? Renowned Dutch scholar David Barnouw investigates the facts and controversies that surround the global phenomenon of Anne Frank. Barnouw highlights the ways in which Frank’s life and ultimate fate have been represented, interpreted, and exploited. He follows the evolution of her diary into a book (with translations into nearly 60 languages and editions that added previously unknown material), an American play, and a movie. As he asks, “Who owns Anne Frank?” Barnouw 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.

More information about this event will follow soon.