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Anne Frank is the best known victim of the Nazis, the representative of all the Jewish children murdered by them. She has become an icon, the heroine of a romanticized play and a subsequent film that made her name a household word all over the world and, at least in this country, the object of heated debates about her putative Jewishness or the lack thereof. While she has risen to fame as a symbol, her talent and her aspirations as a writer have generally not been taken seriously. However, the editor of a recent anthology, Women Writing in Dutch, published by Garland Press, included Anne Frank among the 17 female Netherlandic authors whose writings deserve the attention of readers of English. He solicited contributions for the volume, and although my field of expertise is 20th century German literature, I was eager to write an essay about Anne Frank, since I had known her as a child in Amsterdam.


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