When Anne Frank's Story Is Reduced to an Episode of 'Law and Order'

The retired FBI agent who investigated the saga of Anne Frank’s family related to it as if it were a true crime episode. Thus the complex human story of the famous young woman was reduced to pointlessness

Gai Farchi
Gai Farchi

“Mengele’s Skull,” the 2012 book by Eyal Weizman and Thomas Keenan, offered up two narratives, both of which aspired to tell the truth. The first, the witness narrative, is identified with the Eichmann trial. The dramatic trial included dozens of witness’ testimonies and is considered a turning point in how Israelis related to Holocaust survivors, as it was the first time in which the horrors were described in full to the public at large. The second narrative, relating to the analyses carried out on Josef Mengele’s skull between 1985 and 1992, is forensic in nature. This sort of narrative depends on the absolute objectivity of forensic evidence, in contrast with human testimony that is liable to be fractured by forgetfulness, emotional involvement, trauma and so on.

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