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From Milton Goldin (firstname.lastname@example.org) Cynthia Ozick makes three major points in her October 6 _New Yorker_ article. First, Anne Frank had an extraordinary literary talent. Second, her father did not behave admirably. And third, a large number of people have tried to use Anne Frank's diary-and the Holocaust-for their own purposes, which Ms. Ozick rightly finds reprehensible. None of this, aside from Ms. Ozick's views, is exactly news. After all, we could all read the diary (granted, in English translation) ourselves, Mr. Frank's failings were whispered almost immediately that the diary was first published, and Meyer Levin hardly kept his problems secret. So the article's purpose is really to examine the uses and misuses of an historical event that no one will ever fully comprehend. In Westchester, where both Ms. Ozick and I live, New York's junior senator recently spoke before an Orthodox congregation. The senator, as you may recall, went ballistic after an opposing Democratic candidate accused him of being a fascist. On the other hand, in a _New York Times Magazine_ article, the current duce of Italy's leading fascist party proudly pointed to a framed letter of praise from the senator. One other man and I were the only two people not to rise when the senator received standing ovations. We didn't cheer, either. Both of us (we sat next to each other) are World War II veterans. My questions are these: Is it possible that the Orthodox are so wed to the idea of _realpolitik_ that they refuse to acknowledge an obvious opportunist? How is it that the mighty _New Yorker_, always stylish, has never before noticed what Ms. Ozick claims now, that "[had] Anne Frank's diary burned [the world might have been saved from] floating lightly over the heavier truth of named and inhabited evil." And finally, Where are all the renowned scholars, always ready at the drop of a hat to lament what occurred more than a half-century ago, when an insult to the memories of millions is perpetrated? - Milton Goldin MiltonG525@AOL.COM National Coalition of Independent Scholars _