In 2018, Israeli artist David Polonsky and Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman adapted teenage Holocaust victim Anne Frank’s diary, a seminal text of 20th-century history, into a graphic novel. Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation brings Frank’s words to life with compelling imagery and thought-provoking visual interpretation. MSNBC host and Citizen board member Ali Velshi sits down with Polonsky, the illustrator, to discuss how teaching history, especially its darkest events, can and should be very uncomfortable.
The Diary of Anne Frank is often the first introduction for students to the human toll of the Holocaust, but not for students in a Texas classroom whose teacher was fired for assigning the graphic novel.
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Ali Velshi talks with Israeli artist David Polonsky about adapting The Diary of Anne Frank