Previously published in Examiner
Part 9 of the Anne Frank series
Because of political correctness, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is following the fate of banned books because some passages have “sexual connotations but more importantly the subject matter is considered a downer by some readers. Can you imagine that? The readers who feel the book is too depressing to read can choose not to read the book, but people who want to keep history alive will not have the opportunity to read the book in American public libraries.
The tragedy surrounding the banning of the Diary of Ann Frank
Anne Frank’s story is a powerful story of a real life girl living under the horrible reign of the Third Reich. It is life and history as real as it gets. Why should this book be censored and lost to the world because certain people find it offensive? The objectors simply do not have to read it. Public libraries are places where books are available to the public. In turn the public have different reading tastes. Why should the tastes of a few outweigh the tastes of the many?
What happened to freedom of choice. Book burnings are the sort of thing the Nazis did. Not allowing the public to read certain books due to censorship is a symptom of an oppressive society. As people in a free society we must all become aware of such injustices and prevent them from happening.
If you want to read a list of other proposed or already banned books, read the article by Esther Lombardi on About.com Guide click here. http://classiclit.about.com/od/bannedliteratur1/tp/aa_bannedbooks.htm
What will we have left of Anne Frank, if we cannot read her words?
Although nothing will replace her actual words, we do have a physical memory of something that was very important to her. Anne Frank loved her chestnut tree.
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