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The house at 14 Dubinska Street. Amos Oz won’t visit.
The house at 14 Dubinska Street. Amos Oz won’t visit.Credit: Asher Weill

Splendid history lesson

In response to “Amos Oz’s daughter Fania embarks on epic journey into her Jewish roots,” November 27.

I want to commend you for the splendid piece by Asher Weill in your November 28 print edition.

It is much more than a report – it is a seamlessly woven Jewish history lesson that manages to span centuries, illuminating Jewish life in Ukraine in the present and the past, interspersed with judicious quotations from Amos Oz’s “A Tale of Love and Darkness” – all in less than a page.

As a veteran subscriber to Haaretz’s English edition, I hope you will give us more of this kind of stimulating cultural fare.

Judy Krausz Wigdor

The most moving attic in the world

In response to “Amsterdam’s Anne Frank industry,” by Todd Pitock, November 17.

The Anne Frank House took notice of Todd Pitock's article about his visit to the Anne Frank House. We regret that Mr. Pitock’s visit did not meet his expectations.

On September 29, 2013, then-President Simon Peres paid a private visit to the Anne Frank House. He wrote the following in our guest book.

“Anne belongs to the genesis of humanity, when human beings began to understand the difference between evil and right, between light and darkness. Her innocent, truthful voice will sing all over the world by many generations to come ... to understand the difference between being human and being satanic. It is the voice of the Jewish people who paid so much for their human commitment. They were murdered but the truth survived. The light of Anne defeated darkness. It is the smallest and most moving attic in the world.”

Each year, approximately 25,000 Israeli citizens visit the Anne Frank House. Many of them record their emotions in our guest book. We encourage Haaretz’s readers to pay a visit to the Anne Frank House themselves, to remember what happened in this house and to reflect on the causes that made it happen, and on the message of this place today.

Ronald Leopold
Executive director, Anne Frank House


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