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Jennifer Loewenstein

Anne and Rachel: a Legacy of Two Martyrs

[Rachel Corrie nonviolently blocks Israeli bulldozers from destroying Palestinian homes on 16 March 2003. Note that this photo is from earlier in the day; not the incident of her death.]

Sixty-Seven years after the end of World War II, a team of researchers and cameramen from the Anne Frank House in Holland showed up at the Capitol Lakes retirement center in Madison, Wisconsin to interview my father-in-law, Fritz Loewenstein. Fritz is the only known person still living who had been boyhood friends with Anne Frank’s “secret annex” companion, Peter van Pels (known in the Diary as Peter van Damm). The oral historical account Fritz gave lasted ...

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Jennifer Loewenstein


Jennifer Loewenstein is a faculty associate in Middle East Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a human rights activist and freelance journalist. She can be reached at