Mormons try to baptize Anne Frank, again

When I recall a person in history who was a symbol of the Holocaust as well as a source of inspiration, the first person who comes to mind is Anne Frank. Anne Frank was 12 years old when the anti-Semitic Nuremburg Laws were passed and she legally lost citizenship as a German. Her family fled to Amsterdam during this time to avoid being sent to a concentration camp after her mother was issued papers in 1942. Her father, Otto Frank, had a business factory called Opekta Works, which sold food extracts. Unfortunately, the Nazis began occupying the Netherlands, so Anne and her family lived in the attic of her father’s factory in secrecy with the help of his most trusted employees. During this time, Anne, a witty and energetic writer for her age, documented her experience through her diary.

Perhaps one of her most famous lines was, “Yet in spite of everything I still believe people are really good at heart.” This quote of forgiveness during one of most oppressive times of Jewish persecution in history makes Anne Frank a symbol of forgiveness as well as a figure that will be remembered throughout history.

This is why I find the baptism of Anne Frank by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints offensive. On Feb. 18, 2012, the Mormon-based group violated a pact between Mormon and Jewish leaders made in 2010. The reason this is offensive to so many Jewish leaders is because Anne Frank, like many of the millions of Jews murdered in the holocaust, died for her religious beliefs. Apparently, the baptism of Holocaust survivors was legally barred by an agreement made in 1995.

Mormons believe that posthumous baptism by proxy allows the dead person to “receive the gospel” in the afterlife. They believe that once this departed soul receives the gospel, they can then choose whether they receive it or not. Although this may have been done with good intentions, it cannot be forgotten that they broke an agreement, and that the reason Anne Frank is famous was because of her losing her life for her religious beliefs. Apparently, she was baptized not once, but nine times.

Anne Frank died of typhus at the age of 16, just two weeks before British troops came to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. Her diary is now one of the world’s most widely read books, and is the documentation of a beautiful young girl who was a victim of Jewish persecution. Taking away her Jewish religion through baptism is not only offensive, but it tries to deny and overwrite what made her the source of inspiration and a symbol of sorrow, as well as forgiveness for Jewish people everywhere.

Apparently Anne Frank is not the only Jewish person that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has baptized after death. They seem to target many Jewish leaders, including Elie Wiesel. Holocaust survivors have spoken out against it. Although I am open-minded to believe that the Mormon-based group has good intentions, they did this 15 years ago and agreed not to do it again. This is not the first time they have tried baptizing Holocaust victims, and it is disrespectful to their families. When I think of Anne Frank, I will remember her as an amazing girl who had many dreams, but died of persecution, not as a Mormon, but a Jew. I will not remember her as Mormon, but for the incredible diary she wrote and left behind.

3 thoughts on “Mormons try to baptize Anne Frank, again

  1. First, the Mormons who made the agreement aren’t the one’s who broke the agreement. This has been stated time and time again by the Church hierarchy. The Church is taking steps to correct this oversight which never should have happened. And, it has nothing to do with Anti-semitism. There are groups of so called messianic Jews who still consider themselves Jewish even though they have accepted Jesus as the Messiah. The fact that other Jews no longer consider them Jews doesn’t make their acceptance of Jesus anti-semitic, any more than Mormon’s practicing proxy baptism makes them anti-semites. Mormons are strong supporters of Jews and of Israel as a rule.

  2. Please make sure that you verify your source. From the research I’ve done, the Mormon (LDS) church, at the time this is being written, 1) Has not been able to verify this actually occurred. 2) Has been completely up front with it’s efforts to safe guard it’s records, even denying access to it’s own members who violate it’s policies, and safe guards.

    An obviously bias individual, Helen Radkey is making these charges, spitting them out and is being picked up, and broadcast –way too quickly in my opinion, by the media.

    Let’s be real, the Mormons aren’t saying “screw you we’ll do it anyway”, which they could do. They are a church of over 14 Million! and they are taking the time to correct the problem, pretty darn considerate if you ask me. Quit trying to crucify the entire church for the actions of a couple of people.

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