Death and the Maiden
There’s a flaw at the heart of this unpretentious tearjerker
Jun 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
The Nazi murder of the six million wasn’t a result of rogue cells and random mutations, an example of the cruelties of nature and the way our bodies can betray us. There was nothing natural about it; it was the result of human agency, human will, human evil. Using Anne Frank to make a point about an American teenager dying of cancer is a regrettable descent into a moral quagmire—an unfortunate stain on a story that otherwise offers an implicit rebuke to the solipsism that permeates so many accounts of American teenage anomie.
John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.
Recent Blog Posts