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There's No Easy Way To Write About The Holocaust

Posted at 8:22AM Friday 11 Jan 2008

Sometimes a concept is so mesmerisingly dreadful that you need something blindingly good to blot it out. So after reading about Anne Frank the musical I spent yesterday evening reading Paul Celan's poetry.

Why is the idea of Anne Frank the musical so outstandingly emetic? The Anne Frank Foundation has given the Spanish production its blessing after the composer spent 10 years of trying to get it off the ground and I am prepared to concede that the actual production might be so brilliant it blows all preconceptions out of the water. But still the idea appals. There is something beyond bad taste in trying to squeeze show-stopping numbers out of the real diary of an adolescent girl destined to be slaughtered by the state.

Shir;ey Dent blogs in The Guardian




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