The editors of The Harvard Lampoon, the oldest student satire magazine in Harvard University, are coming under fire for a photoshopped image of Holocaust victim and published author Anne Frank in a skimpy bikini.
A headline above the image shown by the school’s humor publication reads, “Gone Before Her Time: Virtual Aging Technology Shows Us What Anne Frank Would Have Looked Like if She Hadn’t Died.” A caption below suggests adding this to a list naming why “the Holocaust sucked.“
The doctored photo has been widely criticized for both sexually objectifying a Holocaust victim as well as an underage girl, since Frank was only 15 when she passed away.
“To suggest that the worth of Anne Frank’s life is tied to the appearance of her body rather than her bravery and resilience is exceptionally demeaning,” student Jenny Baker posted on Facebook in response, according to BuzzFeed News.
Another student, Paulette Schuster, whose Facebook post has gone viral, labeled the image, “unfunny, hateful, ignorant, pedophiliac and dehumanizing.”
Even Rabbi Jonah C. Steinberg has spoken up on the matter, calling it a sexual violation of a child victim of war crimes leaning into the territory of “apparent anti-Semitism and upsetting the Jewish community.”
Over 400 students have signed a petition demanding public accountability from The Harvard Lampoon to date. Editors have promised they will take action to change the direction of their magazine, and it is necessary that they do.
[via BuzzFeed News, cover image via Change.org]
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) May 15, 2019