By Jillian Cantor
Anne Frank has lengthy been an emblem of bravery and wish, yet there have been sisters hidden within the annex, younger Jewish women, one a cultural icon made recognized by means of her released diary and the opposite, approximately forgotten.
within the spring of 1959, The Diary of Anne Frank has simply come to the silver monitor to nice acclaim, and a tender lady named Margie Franklin is operating in Philadelphia as a secretary at a Jewish legislation company. at the floor she lives a quiet lifestyles, yet Margie has a mystery: a existence she as soon as lived, a earlier and a faith she has denied, and a kin and a rustic she left behind.
Margie Franklin is admittedly Margot Frank, older sister of Anne, who didn't die in Bergen-Belsen as pronounced, yet who in its place escaped the Nazis for the US. yet now, as her sister turns into a world icon, Margie’s conscientiously built American lifestyles starts to crumble. a brand new courting threatens to overhaul the younger love that sustained her in the course of the conflict, and her earlier and current start to collide. Margie is compelled to return to phrases with Margot, with the folk she enjoyed, and with a lifestyles swept up into the process historical past.
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6 To focus unduly on Stalin’s role, and on antisemitism in general, one would have to ignore the place of contingency and pragmatism in specific Soviet decisions regarding the Holocaust. It also diverts attention from broader ideological considerations, particularly the Party’s unwillingness to define its Jews as members of a nation and its call for their complete assimilation into the general population. A more fruitful approach would tie Soviet attitudes on the Jewishness of the Holocaust and concomitant actions by the authorities toward the Jews in the soviet union, the holocaust, and auschwitz 31 the occupied territories to the Party’s evolving tactical and strategic goals, for there does not seem to have been an unchanging party line on how to respond to, or label, the Soviet Jewish victims.
The Jews suffered just as much as everyone else under the Soviet occupation, if not more. 95 Now Strzembosz gave an answer that was much more rational than the tone of his previous article might have led one to expect from him. Supporting the Soviet system, Strzembosz pointed out, in no way protected one from joining the victims of that system. For someone’s attitude toward the Soviet Union and the Soviet Union’s attitude toward that person were, he told Gross, two entirely different issues. “That is why,” he said, “information about 30, 40, or 5 percent of the Jews being deported is no answer to the question about the extent of their collaboration with the occupation regime.
114 What, after all, do we understand about human identity and human relationships when one totalitarian regime replaces another in dizzying succession? In a time and place where there seemed to be no exit or redemption, Jedwabne tells us what was possible. 1 Within the prewar Soviet borders, the Nazis saw a particular urgency in rapidly exterminating the Jews, whom they regarded as the mainstay of the Bolshevik regime. 2 The primary executioners were the Einsatzgruppen, whom the notorious Commissar Order of 6 June 1941 absolved from any punishment for killing Communists, political commissars, partisans, and collaborators; Jews were included in the latter two groups.