Mondoweiss posts Lowenstein article on Anne Frank = Rachel Corrie
“Unlike Anne Frank, whose life has been immortalized by the circumstances of her death…” (J. Loewenstein)
It was much more a question of Hollywood PR, countless plays, movies, TV dramas and documentaries that immortalized Anne Frank than the circumstances of her death. She was but one person out of 6 million and her death from typhus was less dramatic than what most concentration camp Jews experienced.
Rachel Corrie is in a completely different category. She died defending the rights of oppressed people. She was a heroine in the true sense of the word without any need of of being propped up by any PR campaign or the conjuring up of any imaginary encounter between her and Anne Frank discussing diaries.
Jennifer Loewenstein is a great writer; what she wrote about Rachel Corrie was good enough to stand alone. The added Anne Frank theatrics diluted the message.
I would argue with Walid re this point:
[Anne Frank] was but one person out of 6 million and her death from typhus was less dramatic than what most concentration camp Jews experienced.
Maybe not. If Jews had a more dramatic death to highlight, they would have done so. Anne Frank’s death from typhus was just one of how, perhaps 250,000 Jews — and not more — died in concentration camps. Her life, death and post-mortem celebrity status were a lot less excruciating, intentional, and anonymous than what 600,000 incinerated Germans suffered from Allied firebombing during the war, and a lot more comfortable than what approximately 3 million German civilians suffered AFTER the war.