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‘Anne Frank’ conveys tragedy of Holocaust with humanity
By Adina Kletter, CONTRIBUTOR

ASHLAND, Ore.

ALTHOUGH “The Diary of Anne Frank” is considered a pillar of Holocaust literature, it is not entirely about the Holocaust. In a sense, it succeeds all the more because it acquaints us with some of the human lives that are later destroyed in Hitler’s death camps. Giving a face to the incomprehensible number of people who were murdered and families that were destroyed makes the Holocaust both more accessible and more horrific.

“One single Anne Frank moves us more than the countless others who suffered just as she did, but whose faces have remained in the shadows,” says Primo Levi, author and Holocaust survivor.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival breathes life once again into the characters of Anne (Laura Morache), her family, and the four other Jews living with them in a secret annex, the attic above the business formerly owned by Otto Frank (Tony DeBruno), Anne’s father. The Franks are forced into hiding when Anne’s sister Margot (Sarah Rutan) is listed for deportation to one of the Nazi concentration camps. They are joined by the van Daan family, and later Mr. Dussel (Michael Elich).

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