Mediating Anne Frank: A Colloquium
9 AM - 6 PM
Kimmel Center, Room 802
New York University
at Washington Square South & LaGuardia Place
Presented by the Working Group on Jews/Media/Religion,
Center for Religion and Media, New York University
Among the extensive representations of the Holocaust, Anne Frank’s status is singular. No other victim of Nazi persecution looms so large, thanks to the wide readership of her Diary of a Young Girl. First published in Dutch in 1947 (in a version redacted by her father, Otto Frank), it has been translated into dozens of languages and has become one of the world’s most widely read books. Anne’s diary has since inspired a host of mediations, ranging from ballet to rock lyrics, from broadcasting adaptations to Broadway musicals and Japanese anime, from documentary films to works of fiction that offer imaginary encounters with Anne. The building in which Anne’s family hid during World War II has since become one of the most visited museums in Europe.
This colloquium will offer a series of presentations on Anne’s diary and the various mediations it has inspired--focusing on the diary itself, the Anne Frank House, musical adaptations, and televised representations--as an exemplar of Holocaust representation and as a test case for understanding the intersection of Jews, media, and religion. What are the consequences of Anne’s singular celebrity? How have mediations of her diary--originally written as a private, confessional work--transformed this work and her life into objects of devotion? How has her Jewishness been configured in these various representations, and how has her own coming of age informed approaches to learning about the Holocaust through her diary as an adolescent rite of passage?
Greetings from the Center for Religion and Media: Angela Zito, NYU
A Young Girl and Her Diary: The Afterlife of Anne Frank
Moderator: Judith Goldstein, Vassar
Presenter: Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers.
Discussants: Henri Lustiger-Thaler, Ramapo; Nicholas Mirzoeff, NYU; Sally Charnow, Hofstra
Secrets on Display: Diaries and Hidden Places at the Anne Frank House
Moderator: Barbara Rose Haum, NYU
Presenter: Jeffrey Feldman, NYU
Discussants: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, NYU; Ilana Abramovitch, Museum of Jewish Heritage; Jenna Weissman Joselit, Princeton
Anne Frank: Moving Images
Moderator: Barbara Abrash, NYU
Presenter: Aviva Weintraub, The Jewish Museum
Discussants: Olga Gershenson, University of Massachusetts; Faye Ginsburg, NYU; Faye Lederman, NYU; Leshu Torchin, NYU
Sounds from the Secret Annex: Composing a Young Girl's Thoughts
Presenter: Judah Cohen, NYU
Discussants: Mark Kligman, Hebrew Union College; Michael Beckerman, NYU
Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations requested.
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The Center for Religion and Media at New York University is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Ilana Abramovitch (Museum of Jewish Heritage)
Barbara Abrash (NYU)
Michael Beckerman (NYU)
Sally Charnow (Hofstra)
Judah Cohen (NYU)
Jeffrey Feldman (NYU)
Olga Gershenson (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
Faye Ginsburg (NYU)
Judith L. Goldstein (Vassar)
Barbara Rose Haum (NYU)
Andrew Ingall (The Jewish Museum, NY)
Jenna Weissman Joselit (Princeton University)
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (NYU)
Mark Kligman (Hebrew Union College, NY)
David Koffman (NYU)
Faye Lederman (NYU)
Henri Lustiger Thaler (Ramapo College)
Nicholas Mirzoeff (NYU)
Edna Nahshon (Jewish Theological Seminary)
Edward Portnoy (Jewish Theological Seminary)
Jeffrey Shandler (Rutgers)
Leshu Torchin (NYU)
Aviva Weintraub (The Jewish Museum, NY)
Angela Zito (NYU)
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