Open Strong—Anne Frank

Open Strong Anne Frank

Essay in need of a Strong Opening

Anne Frank, the Jewish girl whose diary and death in a Nazi concentration camp made her a symbol of the Holocaust, was allegedly baptized posthumously Saturday by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to whistleblower Helen Radkey, a former member of the church. The ritual was conducted in a Mormon temple in the Dominican Republic, according to Radkey, a Salt Lake City researcher who investigates such incidents, which violate a 2010 pact between the Mormon Church and Jewish leaders.

Radkey discovered that Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank, who died at Bergen Belsen death camp in 1945 at age 15, was baptized by proxy on Saturday. Mormons have submitted versions of her name at least a dozen times for proxy rites and carried out the ritual at least nine times from 1989 to 1999. This time, Frank’s name was discovered in a database that can be used for proxy baptism — a separate process, according to a spokesman for the church. The database is open only to Mormons.

A screen shot of the database shows a page for Frank stating “completed” next to categories labeled “Baptism” and “Confirmation,” with the date Feb. 18, 2012, and the name of the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple.

Mormon posthumous proxy baptisms for Holocaust victims or Jews who are not direct descendants of Mormons has continued, despite church vows to stop such practices. Negotiations between Mormon and Jewish leaders led to a 1995 agreement for the church to stop the posthumous baptism of all Jews, except in the case of direct ancestors of Mormons, but some Mormons have failed to adhere to the agreement.

The name of Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel was recently submitted to the restricted genealogy website as “ready” for posthumous proxy baptism, though the church says the rite is reserved for the deceased, and Wiesel is alive. Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, was among a group of Jewish leaders who campaigned against the practice and prompted the 2010 pact by which the Mormon Church promises to at least prevent proxy baptism requests for Holocaust victims.

Wiesel last week called on Republican presidential candidate and Mormon Mitt Romney, a former Mormon bishop who has donated millions to the church, to speak out about the practice. The Romney campaign did not immediately reply.  The Frank case follows closely on an apology from the Mormon Church last week for recent posthumous baptisms of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal’s parents.

The latest baptism of Frank by proxy is especially egregious because she was an unmarried teenager who left no descendants. Mormon officials have stressed that in accordance with the agreements, church members are supposed to submit only the names of their own ancestors.

“The security of the names submissions process for posthumous rites must be questioned, in view of the rash of prominent Jewish Holocaust names that have recently appeared on Mormon temple rolls,” Radkey said about her latest find. “This one sailed straight through, with Anne’s correct name in their ‘secure’ database.”

Radkey said she expects, once word gets out, that church officials will scrub the records as they did with Wiesel and Weisenthal’s parents. The Mormon Church responded later Tuesday in a statement: “The Church keeps its word and is absolutely firm in its commitment to not accept the names of Holocaust victims for proxy baptism. While no system is foolproof in preventing the handful of individuals who are determined to falsify submissions we are committed to taking action against individual abusers who willfully violate the Church’s policy. Ritual baptism should be understood to be an offering based on love and respect; we regret when it becomes a source of contention.”


TASK

Exercise Specifics

In the Reply field below this post, write your strongest Opening Paragraph.

Your paragraph must contain a thesis sentence that clearly and boldly proclaims the claim you promise readers you will prove.

In addition, your Opening Paragraph:

  1. Will make strong, perhaps paradoxical claims.
  2. Will sum up a very strong argument your essay will make.
  3. Will NOT LOSE the argument.
  4. Will itself be an argument.
  5. Will be memorable.
  6. Will be debatable, demonstratable, illustratable.
  7. Will be a good example of itself.

Well, maybe it won’t accomplish all 7 goals, but the more the better!

DEADLINE: Today. By Midnight TUE OCT 26

23 Responses to Open Strong—Anne Frank

  1. toastedflatbread22 says:

    Victims of the Holocaust, among other Jewish people, are being baptized without their consent by a church that they have no connection to. The Mormon church practices proxy baptisms on some Jewish people after they are already deceased; one of these victims is famous Holocaust survivor, Anne Frank. This horrifying and invasive practice has occurred for many years. More recently, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has been noted by the Mormon church as being “ready” for posthumous proxy baptism; baptism that occurs once the subject is dead, despite him never agreeing to that. Holocaust victims are believed to mostly be treated with respect and care in the modern world, but if churches are violating these people, who knows what other atrocities they are still facing to this day.

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    • davidbdale says:

      Victims of the Holocaust, among other Jewish people, are being baptized without their consent by a church that they have no connection to.

      Your first sentence is a good strong opener, Flatbread.

      The Mormon church practices proxy baptisms on some Jewish people after they are already deceased; one of these victims is famous Holocaust survivor, Anne Frank.

      Your second loses some impact by repeating the phrase “other Jewish people” with “some Jewish people.” Could this be avoided? Anne Frank, sadly, was not a Holocaust “survivor.” She died in the camps.

      This horrifying and invasive practice has occurred for many years.

      Invasive practices are more horrifying if they don’t just “occur.” Someone must inflict them.

      More recently, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has been noted by the Mormon church as being “ready” for posthumous proxy baptism; baptism that occurs once the subject is dead, despite him never agreeing to that.

      Maybe Elie Wiesel, instead of having been passively “noted as ready” could be “targeted” or “persecuted” by the church’s intentions.

      Holocaust victims are believed to mostly be treated with respect and care in the modern world,

      The “are believed to be” is odd. Are they treated with respect or not? You dodge the obvious accusation that they are NOT AT ALL being treated with respect by the Mormon church.

      but if churches are violating these people,

      and this is too late to retrieve that confusion.

      who knows what other atrocities they are still facing to this day.

      You don’t need to imagine worse atrocities when your goal is to demonstrate the inappropriateness of the violation at hand.

      Overall strong work, but, as always, I have way too much to say.

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  2. littlecow24 says:

    Anne Frank’s short but memorable life is known and displayed to many people around the world. Mormon’s have latched onto proxy baptism as a way to show love and respect, and have consistently done so to Anne. Many people do not like this baptism being performed on Holocaust victims, and rightfully so. There have been comments about having the church stop the requests for these people, but it seems so be overlooked. The proxy baptism and confirmation by Mormon’s onto Holocaust victims is morally wrong and disrespectful, and should be stopped immediately.

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  3. Anne Frank’s work is looked at as a symbol of hope, and is a reminder of what it is truly like to live a life of total secrecy. The Diary of Anne Frank went in depth within the life of a Jewish teen in the peak of segregation. It tells the story of a family torn apart by war, with the only survivor being Anne’s father, Otto Frank. If Otto had never decided to publish his daughter’s writing I believe the public overall wouldn’t have as good of a grasp at what life truly was like for a teen during that time. Anne Franks life will always be remembered and her work will be a reminder for generations to come of how horrible the Holocaust truly was.

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  4. RowanAnnouncer says:

    Anne Frank is wildly considered to be the embodiment of hope and optimism, but members of the Mormon church have discredited her legacy. In an incident as recent as 2012, members of the Mormon church have preformed post-humorous proxy baptisms for Anne Frank. Discovered in a Mormon only database, Annelies Marie Frank’s baptism and conformation status was listed as completed, as of Feb 12, 2012. Although the Mormon church vows to stop non-descendent rituals, the practice continues despite Anne not having any ancestors following her death in 1945.The motives for this practice remain unclear, but nonetheless it must stop because of the blatant disrespect towards Anne’s legacy.

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  5. strawberryfields4 says:

    Anne Frank, along with six million other innocent Jews, tragically lost her life simply because she was loyal to her faith. Under these circumstances, it seems counterintuitive to attempt to honor her posthumously by baptizing her in the Mormon church, disregarding the very fact that she was killed because of her devotion to Judaism. However, that is precisely what has occurred not just once, but on nine separate occasions, despite the Mormon church’s agreement to stop this practice. The misguided attempt to honor holocaust victims through baptism is not only disrespectful, but ignorantly lacks perspective.

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  6. frogs02 says:

    Anne Frank’s story of life was cut short but still gives hope to many. Anne Frank was an unmarried teen who left no descendants. Churches vow to stop the practices of being baptized without any descendants. Members of the Mormon church baptized Holocaust victims or Jews who are not direct descendants of Mormons. Ritual baptism comes from love and respect. This proxy baptism is a separate process, according to a spokesman for the church. Members of the Mormon church have performed post-humorous proxy baptisms for Anne Frank. It is regretted when a ritual baptism becomes a source of contention. “The Church keeps its word and is absolutely firm in its commitment to not accept the names of Holocaust victims for proxy baptism.” Anne’s story will be long-lived and tell the story of how terrible the holocaust is.

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  7. levixvice says:

    The Church of Latter Day Saints is known for baptizing the dead from horrible causes, such as jewish people who never survived the holocaust, which Former Mormon, Helen Radkey spread this information to jewish leaders. This explains why Jewish leaders became enraged when the Mormons violated the 1995 and 2010 agreements of baptisms for deceased jewish ancestors. Anne Frank, who was famous for her diary during the Nazi reign in Germany, was on the database for the baptism at Sant Domingo temple in the Dominician Republic that commits into doing baptismal rituals. The Mormons would promise never to do this baptism ritual, but some of them have no honesty to back up their words from discontinuing their practice. Although, according to their baptismal rules, only those who have died and their descendants are permitted to be baptized, this was not the case for Anne Frank as she was in her youth and died without having descendants as well for Elie Wiesel, holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner was also falsifly baptised. The Mormon Church must accept responsibility for the actions of fabricating Holocaust survivors and victims into baptism for their personal gain, as this creates resentment for both Jewish people and the Mormon Church, including the decision to open the database to the public.

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  8. lokiofasgard24 says:

    The most influential victim of the holocaust, Anne Frank, a jewish girl, is being baptized by a mormon church. The church had performed 9 posthumous baptisms before coming to a truce with the jewish church to stop the baptisms unless they were direct mormon ancestors. Anne Frank was known to be Jewish by everyone, so why would the mormon church baptize her once again in 2012 long after the two churches agreement? A desperate attempt to promote their religion. Helen Radkey, a former member of the mormon church is now an advocate to Anne Frank’s memory as a jew. She seeks justice and a stop to these baptisms.

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  9. spaghettitacosforthesoul says:

    Even after death, all jews must be baptized. The deceased like Anne frank, find themselves in a religious battle with the Morman church. The church has made it its mission to continuously baptize Jewish deceased. And because of Anne Frank’s popularity, she falls victim to the Mormon church on multiple occasions. Having no descendants she does not belong in the records of baptism within the Morman church. Yet there is no remorse for the ones who lived before us in the church because they care only for their faith, and not the faith of others. The Mormon’s blatant disrespect does not go unnoticed, and people are committed to protecting religious freedoms from the Mormon church.

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  10. sunshinegirl457 says:

    As compassionate members of this world it’s our responsibility to commemorate those lost in tragic events. To treat those who have perished in dreadful ways with the utmost respect is something no one should have to think twice about. Although, this isn’t always the case. Holocaust concentration camp prisoner Anne Frank was wrongly baptized posthumously by members of the Mormon church. This breaks a pact made between Jewish leaders and the Mormons. It is disrespectful in the sense that they show no regard for the wishes of the Jewish people. A Holocaust survivor, Helen Radkey, discusses this issue and suspects that when this gains more popularity in the press, the Mormon officials will try to “scrub the records” and brush it under the rug. The statement they released was that their system is not completely secure or foolproof and there are sometimes accidents. While one could argue that this is legitimate and the baptisms were never done on purpose, it doesn’t explain why there are so many cases if they are just “slip ups”. Anne Frank’s name alone was used at least a dozen times, which raises some serious red flags. From a logical standpoint one can conclude that these posthumous baptisms are no accidents, and that more serious measures should be taken to ensure the compliance of the Mormon church, and with that the respect of those who died in the Holocaust.

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  11. Lunaduna says:

    Anne Frank, a Jewish girl, lost her life during the Holocaust just because she had pride in her faith. Anne Frank was one of the millions of lives lost during the 1940s. The Mormon church had made a great deal to baptize all of the Jews that were killed during the holocaust, including Anne Frank. There has been a constant battle between the Mormon church and the citizens because Anne Frank does not have any former relatives that belong to the church. Helen Radkey, a former member belonging to the church, found out about the baptizing of Anne Frank. She know that the database was only for Mormons and the church had violated that rule. In 1995 an agreement was established that the church would stop the baptism of all Jews, except that if the Jews had a direct link their ancestors being Mormon. Anne Frank was confirmed baptized on February 18, 2012, which directly failed to oblige the rule of the church. The practice of the church does not have a cut clear answer, but the disrespect of Anne Frank needs to be put to rest.

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  12. kilotoon says:

    Anne Frank, one of the most prominent victims of the Holocaust, is being baptized alongside a large number of other Jewish individuals by the Mormon church. This is a very controversial situation, as Anne Frank and the others do not have any connection to the church. This posthumous baptism is known as a proxy baptism, and has taken place many times over the years. For example, Elie Wiesel, another Holocaust survivor, was said to be ready for his baptism, although he is dead and has no record of agreement to this. For all of the torturous times the Holocaust survivors endured, they deserve better treatment from everybody, including the modern day churches.

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  13. comatosefox says:

    When people find themselves at the end of their lives, they expect their families to take care of their bodies and fulfill their final wishes. Those who have passed would either like their body to be left alone or to have their family care for them. For Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank, she had no family to claim her after the war, with no one to defend her body the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had decided to claim her body. This mormon church had decided to baptize Anne against her own belief, along with others from the holocaust. The mormon churches have allowed people to register holocaust victims with zero connections to mormon ancestors to be baptized. These victims have gone through enough hardship throughout the war and yet the churches have decided to once again drag them through the dirt and disrespect their bodies.

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  14. zzbrd2822 says:

    Anne Frank, a victim of the Holocaust whose story gives hope to others, has been discredited by the Mormon church. Repeated occurrences, including recently in 2012, have uncovered members of the Mormon church performing post-humorous proxy baptisms for Anne Frank, alongside other Holocaust victims. This violated the 1995 and 2010 agreements between Mormon and Jewish leaders of baptisms for deceased Jewish ancestors. Although the Mormon church declares to no longer perform non-descendent rituals, this practice continues as some proxy baptism requests are overlooked. This misguided effort to honor Holocaust victims through baptism is disrespectful and should be stopped immediately.

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  15. friendoftacos says:

    One of the most well-known victims from the holocaust, Anne Frank, is being baptized against her will. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is preforming rituals on Anne Frank by proxy. The baptism of Anne Frank is posthumous, completed by Mormons and is done alongside many other baptisms of holocaust victims. The practice of performing rituals after someone’s death is shocking and disgraceful to the holocaust victims. Holocaust victims have already suffered a great deal during their life, they do not need to be disrespected by churches crossing moral boundaries.

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  16. chickendinner says:

    To baptize people into a religion against their will, particularly when they have no means of resisting, constitutes nothing less than an egregious abuse of their religious liberty. And yet, the Mormon Church is doing exactly that to dead Jews, who perished in concentration camps during the Nazi holocaust of many minorities throughout their territories. Anne Frank, famous for writing a diary documenting her experience hiding from persecution before she was found and sent to her death, is among the deceased who was posthumously baptised by the Church of Latter-Day Saints. Jewish and Mormon groups have negotiated to end this practice, but some in the Mormon Church carry it on despite objections, and cracking down poses a challenge.

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    • davidbdale says:

      To baptize people into a religion against their will, particularly when they have no means of resisting, constitutes nothing less than an egregious abuse of their religious liberty.

      Terrific first sentence, Chicken! It’s bold, direct, clear, and categorical. It defines the baptisms as egregious abuse. And condemns them.

      And yet, the Mormon Church is doing exactly that to dead Jews, who perished in concentration camps during the Nazi holocaust of many minorities throughout their territories.

      This emphasizes the particular helplessness of the victims in a way that further accuses the perpetrators on picking on a truly sympathetic group.

      Anne Frank, famous for writing a diary documenting her experience hiding from persecution before she was found and sent to her death, is among the deceased who was posthumously baptised by the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

      This backs off where it doesn’t need to. The passive verbs “is among” “was baptised” lack vigor. She was, after all, captured again by the Mormons and dragged to the virtual baptismal font. Regarding tenses, when you say “was baptised” you suggest that they’ve stopped. Frank is just one of those who so far “have been baptised.”

      Jewish and Mormon groups have negotiated to end this practice, but some in the Mormon Church carry it on despite objections, and cracking down poses a challenge.

      There’s a lesson in our future called “Magical Dependency,” Chicken. You’ll find it useful to balance the less important clauses of your sentences against the more important. Here you want to emphasize that getting rid of the practice is unlikely. So: Despite the negotiations, or Even though some groups object, (time for the independent clause here) the more radical elements of the church seem determined to continue the outrage.

      Helpful?

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  17. kingofcamp says:

    To give a nonconsensual baptism to someone who does not have the agency to voice personal opinion is defying their religious freedom. Anne Frank, a symbolic figure among the millions of lives lost during the Holocaust, was unjustly baptized by the Mormon Church— on nine separate occasions. Anne Frank was devoted to Judaism and sadly lost her life staying a devoted Jew, at the age of 15. The Mormon Church, on multiple occasions, baptized Frank, despite the fact that Anne Frank did not leave any descendants to voice her will. This practice is known as posthumous proxy baptism. Posthumous proxy baptism is baptizing deceased non-Mormons to allow them a chance to enter heaven. There has been conflict between Mormons and Jews, though, coming to the agreement to end this practice. Despite coming to a conclusion, some Mormon groups still carry out this practice, defying an individual’s religious freedom.

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    • davidbdale says:

      This starts and ends strong, King, and loses its way in the middle. The opening is stellar. The “nonconsensual” is perfect, and the lack of “agency to deny” the rite is also just right.

      Along the way you give us other good touches
      —The “symbolic figure” gives her millions of defenders but also makes her a choice target for the believers.
      —Your “on nine separate occasions” belays any doubt that the act was casual or thoughtless.
      —That a 14-year-old left no descendants should give us a chill, but we would have to be reminded just how young she was.

      Whenever a sentence begins with the same word or phrase (posthumous proxy baptism) that ended the previous sentence, JOIN those sentences.

      So much good work, and then the whimper. “There has been a conflict” followed by “coming to an agreement” followed by “coming to a conclusion,” followed by “still carry out this practice.” All so abstract after the passion and outrage of the opening.

      You rally at the very end with “defying an individual’s religious freedom,” but by then the coffee’s cold.

      Overall quite nice.

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  18. ilovedunkinoverstarbucks says:

    Anne Frank who is seen to many as a story to look at during the holocaust where she left a journal and really became a timely figure not only for those that are Jewish but everyone she was really able to show what had happened to her. At 15 years old she was going through the holocaust something none of us today will never understand how she felt but she was also wrongly baptized after her death. This practice is done by mormons to allow people who are not baptized in the name of God to have a chance to enter heaven. While this may seem like a good dead and they just want everyone to have a chance at a good afterlife. However it is a nonconsensual practice as the person has passed and can nor say yes or no to the baptism as Anne Frank spent her life and last seconds committed to Judaism only to be wrongly baptized in the end. While this was 76 years ago it is still a practice that the Mormons are still trying to carry out although the Jewish have tried to stop them from doing it for years.

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