Thursday, March 22, 2012

If Anne Frank had a grave, she'd be spinning in it.

Recently, someone emailed me the Torah U'Mesorah list of approved secular literature.  While I was not surprised that certain books failed to make the cut, such as Anne of Green Gables (Lucy Maud Montgomery was a minister's daughter, and a lot of the book focuses on the church), Little House in the Big Woods (dancing, hog-killing and Christmas), and Harry Potter ('nuff said), one entry made my eyebrows leap a mile.
Frank, Anne: The Diary of a Young Girl.  Rated N for Not Acceptable.  Huh?
According to the notes, the book failed to make the cut because Anne Frank, like most teenagers, talked back to her mother, and had a schoolgirl romance with fellow teenaged refugee Peter Van Daan.
So, let me get this straight.  The most famous book, by a Jewish author, on a Jewish subject, is not acceptable for Jewish children to read?   Because Anne was honest?  What does THAT teach our children?


  1. I think the point is that they don't want to teach our children but rather to indoctrinate them.

  2. And that's why I don't want to send my kids there! I'd rather save the tuition and teach them to think for themselves!

  3. I wonder if you could post the list. I think it'd be interesting.


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