Saturday, June 12, 2004

An article in Thursday's Scotsman records several readers' responses to The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank. I was particluarly moved by Trevor Phillips' words:

"In her diaries, Anne Frank said: "I often lose my cue and simply can’t swallow my rage at some injustice." Any reasonable person living in today’s world should feel the same rage at the rise of the political racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia creeping across Europe.

"When I was chair of the Runnymede Trust we published twin reports on the resurgence of anti-Semitism and the rise of Islamophobia. I never imagined that these ugly sisters would grow so fast and spread their poison across our continent so quickly. But they have.

"In today’s world, we need Anne’s rage more than ever before. Everything that her legacy teaches us about yesterday tells us something about how we should behave today."

(Trevor Phillips is Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality).

'How one teenager's diary has touched our lives' by Louisa Pearson and Anna Smyth. The Scotsman, Thursday 10 June 2004. (Requires free site registration).