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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
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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.

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