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Talk to Me: Understanding Anne Frank's Diary

The Diary of Anne Frank continues to impact everyone—from grade-school students to scholars and artists. Three writers and experts on Anne Frank discussed the young girl's influential work at the PEN World Voices Festival. Francine Prose, Ernie Colón and Sid Jacobson spoke about the diary, how to write about Frank, as well as Holocaust deniers and censorship.

Prose is the author of Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife. Ernie Colón and Sid Jacobson recently finished a graphic novel of the Anne Frank story and are the creators of The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation.

The panel was moderated by Judith Thurman of The New Yorker.

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On Teaching Frank's Diary: "One of the things that is often said, and it's true, is that often the diary is taught completely outside of its historical context so that people don't know what happened to Anne Frank, which is a big mistake." –Francine Prose

On Illustrating Frank: "One of the difficulties was showing the age difference, which, in terms of years, was not that much, a couple of years. But there had to be a considerable difference because her attitude changed and her whole thinking changed." –Ernie Colón

On Being Born the Same Year as Frank: "Working on this project.... It became quite moving for me that I made it this far and she didn't." –Sid Jacobson