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June 12, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Anne Frank was born June 12, 1929, 84 years ago today. During her short 15 years, she kept a diary and wrote there sorting out her emotions, describing her crushes and despair, her desires and dreams. She kept the diary from 1942 to '44, the two years that her German-Jewish family lived in hiding in Amsterdam during World War II. "When I write, I can shake off all my cares," she wrote in April 1944. A few short months later, in August 1944, Anne, her family and the others who were in hiding with them were discovered by Nazi authorities.
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February 21, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Vandals have been systematically defacing copies of books by and about Anne Frank in public libraries in Tokyo, according to Japanese media reports Friday. More than 250 copies Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and other books about the Dutch Holocaust diarist have reportedly been found with pages ripped out at 31 public libraries across the city since January. "Books related to Ms. Anne Frank are clearly targeted, and it's happening across Tokyo," city official Mitsujiro Ikeda told the Associated Press.
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April 10, 2010 | By MARY McNAMARA, Television Critic
After the Bible, "The Diary of Anne Frank" is the most widely read nonfiction book in the world. Translated into 60 languages, it's been adapted countless times for stage, film and television and used in schools across the country to help children understand the meaning, and horror, of the Holocaust. It is ideally suited for this last task because Anne, apart from being a young Jewish girl forced to go into hiding when the Germans invaded Holland, was a remarkably articulate teenager, fearless about writing precisely what she thought about everything, from her dislike of her mother to her own burgeoning sexuality.
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November 12, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
PEN American Center's report “Chilling Effects,” officially released Tuesday morning, offers some disturbing data about the effect of government surveillance on free expression and self-censorship in the literary world. Of more than 520 American writers surveyed, 16% have avoided writing or speaking on what they consider controversial topics, and 11% “have considered doing so.” The percentages are even higher when it comes to phone or email conversations and social media, which is increasingly part of the writers' toolbox.
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February 21, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Vandals have been systematically defacing copies of books by and about Anne Frank in public libraries in Tokyo, according to Japanese media reports Friday. More than 250 copies Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and other books about the Dutch Holocaust diarist have reportedly been found with pages ripped out at 31 public libraries across the city since January. "Books related to Ms. Anne Frank are clearly targeted, and it's happening across Tokyo," city official Mitsujiro Ikeda told the Associated Press.
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October 15, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sat alone in a front-row folding chair before the start of a news conference at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance. He had just emerged from the museum's brand-new Anne Frank exhibition, which opens to the public Tuesday, and was visibly moved. "It was incredibly powerful," Garcetti said. "It's one of those visceral and transcendent exhibits - it hits you in the heart and the gut. " Gov. Jerry Brown also took time out of his schedule to attend the Monday VIP ribbon-cutting of "Anne," an interactive and fully immersive experience that honors the life and legacy of the teenager, who died in a Nazi concentration camp but left behind a diary that gave voice to the 1.5 million Jewish children murdered in the Holocaust.
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June 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Relatives of Anne Frank will loan a collection of photographs and letters to the Amsterdam museum housing the Jewish teenager's World War II hiding place to mark next week's 60th anniversary of the publication of her diary. The material, which comes from the Anne Frank archive in Basel, Switzerland, and from Anne's cousin, Buddy Elias, includes photos of Anne; her sister, Margot; her mother, Edith; and her father, Otto, that have rarely or never been on public display.
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August 7, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
“The Diary of Anne Frank,” the journal of a Jewish girl who died in the Holocaust during the final days of World War II, has been a worldwide phenomenon since it was first published in 1947. The book was converted into a 1955 play and an Oscar-winning 1959 film by Hollywood scribes, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, who were brought onto the project by Anne's father, Otto Frank, after he fired the original playwright, Meyer Levin.  After a long court battle, Levin signed away his rights to his work, a reputedly darker and less sanitized drama that was barred from production.
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August 17, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Human rights advocates and state officials dedicated a bronze statue of Holocaust victim Anne Frank as the centerpiece of the Idaho Human Rights Memorial, calling for all who see it to guard and keep the dignity of mankind. The $1.5-million riverside memorial near downtown Boise features reflective ponds, waterfalls and an amphitheater. Idaho, the longtime home of the Aryan Nations and other white separatist groups, has been planning the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial since 1995.
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November 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The old chestnut tree visible from Anne Frank's attic window that comforted the Jewish teenager as she hid during the Nazi occupation of Holland is rotten and must be cut down, the Amsterdam City Council said Tuesday. The Anne Frank House Museum, where the tiny apartment has been preserved, said grafts and a sapling from the original have been taken and it hopes to replace the once-towering tree with its progeny. The chestnut is familiar to readers of "The Diary of Anne Frank."
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October 16, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
In Rogue Machine Theatre's beautifully directed and acted West Coast premiere of Deanna Jent's heartbreaking play “Falling,” teenaged Lisa Martin begs her mother, Tami, to send her older brother, Joshua, away. “I know you hate him,” replies Tami. “But moms don't get that choice. We just love our kids no matter what.” This familiar sentiment acquires a painful poignancy in “Falling,” which is based on Jent's experiences raising her own son. Eighteen-year-old Joshua suffers from severe autism.
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October 16, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
David Greig, adapter-translator of August Strindberg's “Creditors,” has commented that Strindberg's acerbic classic is really “less of a play and more an almost demonic experiment on a set of three human lab rats.”  In David Trainer's muscular staging at the Odyssey - a co-production of the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and the New American Theatre - it gradually becomes apparent that the slyly manipulative Gustav (Jack Stehlin), one of the play's tortured threesome, is more scientist than rat - a coldly calculating clinician who sends his laboratory subjects down a deadly psychological maze of his own brilliant devising.  Initially, Gustav comes across as the well-meaning new friend of Adolf (Burt Grinstead)
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October 15, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
Though David Ives is known for wit that's bold, “The Liar's” something special, truth be told. Adapting antique farce by Pete Corneille in vernacular of the present day, complete with pentametric verse in rhyme, the writing's surely worthy of our time. Performed with skill by pros at Antaeus, its L.A. premiere has much to please us. O'erflowing with surfeit of talent vast, the show as usual is double-cast (which makes reviewing problematical enough to wish for a sabbatical). Take solace that the troupe's consistency should make all actor mash-ups fun to see. In an upper class romantic tangle, under direction by Casey Stangl, Nicholas D'Agosto and Rob Nagle were the plucky stars I saw finagle - as cocky pathological liar, and servant whose love of truth aims higher - to woo Jules Willcox' fair lass and Gigi Bermingham's flirty maid, respectively.
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October 15, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sat alone in a front-row folding chair before the start of a news conference at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance. He had just emerged from the museum's brand-new Anne Frank exhibition, which opens to the public Tuesday, and was visibly moved. "It was incredibly powerful," Garcetti said. "It's one of those visceral and transcendent exhibits - it hits you in the heart and the gut. " Gov. Jerry Brown also took time out of his schedule to attend the Monday VIP ribbon-cutting of "Anne," an interactive and fully immersive experience that honors the life and legacy of the teenager, who died in a Nazi concentration camp but left behind a diary that gave voice to the 1.5 million Jewish children murdered in the Holocaust.
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August 7, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
“The Diary of Anne Frank,” the journal of a Jewish girl who died in the Holocaust during the final days of World War II, has been a worldwide phenomenon since it was first published in 1947. The book was converted into a 1955 play and an Oscar-winning 1959 film by Hollywood scribes, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, who were brought onto the project by Anne's father, Otto Frank, after he fired the original playwright, Meyer Levin.  After a long court battle, Levin signed away his rights to his work, a reputedly darker and less sanitized drama that was barred from production.
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June 12, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Anne Frank was born June 12, 1929, 84 years ago today. During her short 15 years, she kept a diary and wrote there sorting out her emotions, describing her crushes and despair, her desires and dreams. She kept the diary from 1942 to '44, the two years that her German-Jewish family lived in hiding in Amsterdam during World War II. "When I write, I can shake off all my cares," she wrote in April 1944. A few short months later, in August 1944, Anne, her family and the others who were in hiding with them were discovered by Nazi authorities.
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February 23, 1996 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A documentarian with less courage than Jon Blair might well have ended "Anne Frank Remembered" with the Nazi raid in August 1944 of the famous secret annex in Amsterdam where Otto Frank had hidden his wife and two daughters plus four others for two years. But the London-based Blair, who made the award-winning "Schindler" a decade ago, takes us right up to the end in Bergen-Belsen, where Anne and her older sister Margot died in late February or early March 1945 in a typhoid epidemic.
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June 12, 2003 | From Associated Press
At a ceremony Wednesday marking the first U.S. exhibition of Anne Frank's writings, First Lady Laura Bush paid tribute to the young Holocaust victim and said her diary holds powerful lessons for the world today. "The writings of Anne Frank remind us of the strength of hate and the need to end discrimination in our world," she said at the private event at the Holocaust Museum. "Anne Frank wrote that we must hold onto our ideals in the face of prejudice."
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April 15, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Had Anne Frank been a modern-day teen -- instead of a tragic Jewish figure in hiding during the Holocaust -- would she have been a Belieber?  And is it appropriate for Justin Bieber to hold out that hope? The teen pop sensation, on world tour, was moved by his visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, saying in the guest book that it was "truly inspiring. "  Things went south from there, however, as he called Frank, who died of typhus while imprisoned at a Nazi concentration camp, a "great girl" and added "hopefully she would have been a Belieber," referring to the nickname for his fans.
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February 2, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank Stories Nathan Englander Alfred A. Knopf: 210 pp., $24.95 Give Nathan Englander credit for chutzpah. The title of his new book of short fiction, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank," draws on two iconic antecedents: the young diarist killed at Bergen-Belsen and the Raymond Carver story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. " Each, in its way, informs the collection; each, in its way, helps to set the terms.
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