Anne Frank Exercise

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.”


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, demonstrable, 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 in Class. Or, failing that, by Midnight TUE NOV 01.

26 Responses to Anne Frank Exercise

  1. Despite all regualtioons and standards of catholism, judaism, and mormanism, posthumous proxy baptism, an after death baptism, supposedly has been performed on a very well known deceased Jewish icon of the Holocaust. There are many things wrong with this, including the fact that the process is not supposed to be performed on Holocasut victims, it is only to be requested for a deceased ancestor by a mormon, and it was performed by a catholic minister of all people. After all these regulations the name of this particular individual, although it would seem impossible, still managed to slip through the fingers of those who view submissions for posthumous rites. Not just once but multiple times. Not only has this happened to this particular individual but it has also happened to numerous others like her. Her case among others should be used as an example to reflect how easily the process for conducting posthumous proxy baptism can be manipulated despite all its proclaimed regulations.

  2. If it is wrong to take away someones freedom of choice, then I believe it is wrong to takeaway someone’s religious belief even in death. The Mormon posthumous proxy baptisms are supposed to be performed for deceased ancestors. This ensures that the followers of Mormons family members can be seen again in heaven almost like a helping hand to heaven. Although the idea is beautiful, the names being received for posthumous proxy baptisms have not even been Mormon. Names like Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel have been honored yet they are Jewish. For Jewish people and survivors of the Holocaust, this is seen as a sign of disrespect because for Jewish followers, Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel are leaders and just by tying their names with the religious beliefs of Mormons is offensive, not only this though to host a posthumous proxy baptism in their honor is to deny them of their original faith.

  3. oni says:

    Posthumous proxy baptism is a violation of pacts between churches, and a violation of human rights. The Mormon Church and Jewish leaders have raised their opposition against posthumous baptism several times in the past, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to sneak Anne Frank into their proxy baptism data bases. Not only is this a disrespectful to the Jewish community considering Anne Frank was a Jew, but it’s also distasteful since Anne left no descendants. The Church of Latter-day Saints is forcing their religion upon someone who is already dead and cannot make that decision for herself. While some may argue for that reason it doesn’t matter, the agreement between Mormon and Jewish leaders to stop posthumous baptism has been established since 1995. It’s been 27 years, and they continue to disregard the treaty that they made.

  4. redbird1123 says:

    Ann frank a girl who got her religionist freedom take,who was jewish girl got baptized on Saturday in a church.This pretty strange because jewish dont get baptized in christen church.The baptism is for deceased ancestors.This tells if the followers of mormons family can be in heaven.Also the names like Anne frank and Elie wise was honored but yet they are jewish not Christians.This is real disrespect to people who live and didn’t live there the the holocaust because they don’t not believe in Jesus Christ.

  5. shxrkbait says:

    Despite a 1995 treaty between the Mormons and Jews to stop posthumous proxy baptisms of people of Jewish descent, Mormons continue to perform these secret baptisms. A clear violation of human rights, the Mormon church continues to put Anne Frank in their church proxy baptism database. The practice of proxy baptisms allows the Mormon church to honor their dead ancestors. Upon agreement, they vowed to only baptize by proxy Jewish people who are ancestors of Mormons. This practice on Jewish holocaust victims who do not have linkage to the Mormon church has been found to be very disrespectful and a clear violation of human rights. Anne Frank has been placed in this database under numerous names, which is especially offensive. This is because she was a young, unmarried, Jewish girl with no dependents. Since 1995 the Mormon church has vowed to stop these posthumous baptisms but some people of the church keep submitting proxies for those of Jewish descent who died during the Holocaust. Many other names of holocaust victims have been submitted into this proxy database. Although the Mormon church has claimed to prohibit the practice of posthumous proxy baptisms on people of Jewish descent Anne Frank and many other holocaust victims have continued to be victims of the Mormon church.

  6. beforeverge says:

    Anne Frank is disgraced from her grave, forcefully converted from the religion she died for. The Mormon Church has baptized the historical figure for reasons following their personal religious beliefs. As a Jewish person and a victim of the Holocaust, it is evidently known that the practice would have gone against Frank and her family’s wishes. Without any jurisdiction to do so, it is wrong to place a religious practice on a person without consent.

  7. Posthumous proxy baptism is morally incorrect and a violation of human rights but mormons continue to baptize in secrecy. Jewish and Mormon officials have already voiced their disapproval to posthumous baptism, yet the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints nevertheless secretly records Anne Frank’s baptism through a proxy. This is not only disrespectful to the Jewish community, given that Anne Frank was Jewish, but it is also offensive given that Anne has no descendants.The Mormon church has continued to victimize Anne Frank and other Holocaust survivors despite claims that it forbids the practice of posthumous proxy baptisms on people of Jewish origin.

  8. xephos1 says:

    Anne Frank, the famous Jewish victim of the Holocaust, was baptized posthumously in a Mormon church. Everyone has heard of Anne Frank and her story so this is disrespectful for a number of reasons. For one, Anne Frank was Jewish, so baptizing her in another church is disrespectful not only to her, but her culture and what it stood for as well. For another, it takes away the impact of her sacrifice. Anne Frank was a martyr who died believing in her religion. To try and convert a historical figure after they died for their religion is ill-mannered and wrong. Clearly there should be some reform in the way posthumous baptisms are handled.

  9. It is said that there is no such thing as bad press, but desecrating the legacy of a holocaust victim to reach the headlines might be going too far. In the case of the Mormon Church’s posthumous baptism of Anne Frank, a 15-year-old Jewish holocaust victim, the public response was negative, to say the least. Her case was not the first, and in fact, violated a 2010 pact between the Mormon and Jewish Church meant to end this practice. This pact proves there is very little chance the Mormon Church still does not grasp its wrongdoing or, at least understands what the public outcry will look like because of it. This points to another motive, one that can be found in the widespread publicity the church receives after doing these baptisms. The proxy baptisms of those like Frank are done not out of respect, but out of a need to create a controversy that will publicize the Morman Church and get them into the headlines.

  10. bitagaming says:

    Journalism is not evil; what is bad is judging and portraying others as guilty of a brutal murder that took place in 1945, which included a girl named “Anne Frank,” who was only 15 years old at the time. Catholics continued to baptize children after birth in secret despite Jewish and Mormon authorities objecting to it. Only Jews were permitted to be the forefathers of the Moron people, according to the pact. It would be disrespectful and a violation of human rights to be baptized as a non-Jew. Numerous massacres that targeted baptized non-Jews have occurred. Despite the Mormon church’s avowed prohibition against performing legal baptisms for Jews after death, Anne Frank and many other victims persisted in falling victim to the Mormon church.

  11. gobirds17 says:

    Deceased people are entitled to the same freedom of religion as the living. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has created a ritual to posthumously proxy baptize people. These people are not descendants of modern Mormons, nor do they have authorization from the deceased families. Recently, the church decided Anne Frank, one of the greatest symbols of the Holocaust, should be posthumously baptized although she was Jewish. Since the 1995 negotiations between the Jewish Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where it was agreed no more Jewish people would be posthumously baptized Anne Frank has appeared in their database nearly a dozen times. Although Mormons believe these baptisms ensure a place in heaven for the deceased the act itself defies the person’s right to freedom of religion.

  12. giantsfan224 says:

    Performing posthumous proxy baptism on someone who was not of the Mormon religion is unethical and unprincipled. Notable historical figure from the Holocaust, Anne Frank, shouldn’t have been wrongfully baptized into a religion that she did not live for, especially when the rules of posthumous proxy baptism state that only descendants of dead Mormon relatives can ask for baptism on their relatives’ behalf. The issue here stems from an agreement made in 1995, that mentions that the proxy baptism of Jews shall no longer occur. People within the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple not only intentionally overstepped the boundaries of the treaty made between the two sides, but also their own rules they have for themselves. We could say this is a genuine mistake from the church, but when proxy baptism of a Jewish person has been recorded multiple times from the same churches database, then we know it is a case of dishonesty and mischief. The Mormon community is at fault here and needs to hold their church members to a higher level of responsibility.

  13. The famous Jewish Victim of the Holocaust, Anne Frank, has been baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. Although there was an agreement in 1995 to stop the posthumous baptism of all Jews, some Mormons disagree and do it anyways. Anne Franks’s name has been discovered in the database numerous times submitted by Mormons. It is very disrespectful to Anne Frank not only because she is Jewish, but it goes against the culture she and her family supported. Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Elie Wiesel, has submitted that she is ready for proxy baptism. Wiesel has been ingroups that protested the 2010 pact that makes the Mormon church promise to at least prevent baptisms of holocaust survivors. Although there are many regulations in place by the Mormon church, Anne Frank is one example of how effortlessly it can be exploited.

  14. gymrat230 says:

    We can all recall teachers telling us about Anne Frank, one of the few Jewish Holocaust survivors; however, we don’t recall the numerous times she was baptized into the Mormon Church. Many see these actions of the Mormon Church as an egregious action, a desecration of Frank’s faith that serves as a pillar to many alike. Even with the actions of the Mormon Church breaking the pact they made in 2010 with Jewish leaders, they deserve persecution for their mistakes. Instead, we should admonish the flawed systems that pit these religious faiths against one another to move past Mormon Anne Frank finally.

  15. Anne Frank, the young jewish girl many people know from the journals she wrote during the Holocaust, was baptized posthumously in a Mormon church. Many people can recall the stories she wrote about, but not many people know about the numerous times she was attempted to be baptized between 1989 and 1999. This baptizement was in direct violation of the pact made between the Mormon Church and Jewish leaders that prevents proxy baptism from Holocaust victims. The church makes a common practice proxy baptisms for descendants of people who wish their ancestors into heaven, but for the case of Anne Frank, she was an unmarried teenager who left no descendants. The idea that the Mormon faith would try and convert this historical figure to their religion is wrong and makes it look like a publicity stunt. There needs to be a reform on how these practices are conducted.

  16. mochaatrain says:

    Mormons disgraced Anne Frank in the form of baptism. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints performs posthumous baptisms without consent. The baptisms are carried out according to a list of selected candidates. People on the list have no connection to the religion nor have requested to be put on the list. This Church chooses who they want according to their beliefs only. And the candidates consist of famous figures both dead and alive. Anne Frank, one of the victims, is baptized more than once after death. The fundamental religious freedom of others is robbed as the Church of Latter-Day Saints carry out their religion. Kept under wraps, the Church violates pacts and laws to prevent such baptisms. They have lied about their actions and continue to act upon their will.

  17. Gir says:

    The most famous victim from the Holocaust Anne Frank is a Jewish icon for her life. It was reported that posthumous The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints preformed a baptism without consent. This ritual being preformed in a Mormon church violates a 2010 pact between the Mormon and Jewish Church.

  18. rubes1256 says:

    Despite being asked not to multiple times, Mormons have baptized Anne Frank again. The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints performs these baptisms without consent. The Church consistently violates the wishes of Holocaust survivors by having them baptized dead and alive. Elie Wiesel was another person who was unwillingly baptized, without her consent.

  19. AnonymousStudent says:

    It is heartbreaking and distasteful to hear that Anne Frank, one of the most popular Jewish figures coming from the Holocaust, be baptized posthumously without her consent. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have performed these proxy baptisms before for others, but mainly did it under the premise of allowing deceased ancestors to still reach heaven. While already in some treacherous waters, the line was crossed when the process of baptism was set up for Anne Frank at least a dozen times. The hypocrisy finds itself very obvious in the fact that the Holocaust survivor died as a teen, bearing no children at all, therefore is unable to be an ancestor for anyone. The Mormon’s attempts to baptize Holocaust victims reached a breaking point when Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Holocaust, was written up for Baptism, even though he voiced his refusal. Posthumous Baptism is a practice that should only be issued with consent, and in no way should be used as a way to convert a person’s religion when they have no power to do anything against it.

  20. The Mormon church is violating their agreement with the Jewish leaders. Anne Frank, a Jew that was found in hiding during the Holocuast, was killed in a concentration camp when she was only 15 years old. Being that as it may, there is no way for her to have descendants of any kind. The Mormon Church believes that their ancestors go to heaven when they are baptized after their passing. With that being said, the Mormon Church baptized her posthumiously. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day performs not only violating their agreements, but also violates the rights of other religions because they place a religion practice on a person without consent.

  21. alwaystired247 says:

    While religion is intended to be viewed as a beautiful thing, more often than not it is overshadowed by the ignorant acts committed by those who attempt to force it onto others. A definitive example of this is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and how they continuously baptize Holocaust survivors into the Mormon church. Not only does this disrespect the values this person held, going against Judaism, which they worshipped, but it is also blatantly insulting when taking into mind that the reason they suffered was because of their religious beliefs. Perhaps the most shocking instance of this church’s discourtesy is the multiple baptisms of Anne Frank that occurred over the years following her death and to this day. She is an extremely memorable individual in the Jewish community and a symbol inspiring many to never abandon their morals no matter the cost. Having been murdered in the Holocaust, she is not here today to consent to be a member of the Mormon religion, therefore deeming their practices unethical. They have no right to claim the historical figure that is Anne Frank and harm both her and the entire Jewish religion by doing so.

  22. powerranger says:

    Anne Frank, a popular diarist was a Jewish girl who kept the diary in which she documented her life in hiding under the Nazi persecution. She wrote during the Holocaust and was baptized in a Mormon Church. This was performed without the consent by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They believe that their ancestors go to heaven when they are baptized after passing. This also violates the agreements and the rights of other religions because they place a practice without their consent. All things being equal, we ought to reprove the imperfect frameworks that set these strict beliefs in opposition to each other to move past Mormon Anne Frank at long last.

  23. fatboy489zt says:

    Having people not care for your religion and what you believe in even after you die is one of the most disrespectful things that an organization could do to you. This is exactly what has happened to Ann Frank, a Jewish person that died during the Holocaust. She was baptized in a Mormon Church where they didn’t even think that it was fine to get consent before doing so. This is after the fact that the church would vow to not continue these baptisms and to stop these practices, they would do it anyways. As many different people have many different religions, we need to tend to the fact that those beliefs also need to be respected.

  24. The Mormon Church seems to have no respect for others religions and desires. Anne Frank, the 15 year-old Jewish girl who became a symbol for the Holocaust has, once again, been baptized for the 9th time by the Mormon Church after an agreement with Jewish leader to not do so. This act is considered unethical, considering the fact that Anne Frank did not have a say in this, she also left no decedents in order to to give permission to the Mormon Church.

  25. Throughout history we repeatedly declined the idea that all people have rights despite their beliefs, values, or religions. Although a treaty between Mormons and Jews pledges to stop proxy baptisms of people of Jewish descent, Mormons continue to ignore these boundaries and perform these secret baptisms. Clearly a violation of human rights, the Mormon church to this day puts Anne Frank in their church database. Upon agreement, Mormons vowed to only baptize by proxy Jewish people who are ancestors of Mormons which makes the practice on Jewish holocaust victims who do not have linkage to the Mormon church a clear violation of human rights and flat out disrespectful. Anne Frank the infamous young, unmarried, Jewish girl who was taken captive has actually been entered in this database several times under many different names. Since 1995 many other names of holocaust victims have also been submitted into this proxy database. Although the Mormon church has claimed to prohibit the practice of posthumous proxy baptisms on people of Jewish descent Anne Frank and many other holocaust victims continue to be victimized by the Mormon church.

  26. hollyp715 says:

    The face of diary and death during the Holocaust, Anne Frank, was allegedly baptized by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This was not the first time Frank, a Jewish girl who was murdered in a Nazi concentration camp, had been subject to this ritual, as records show it happening at least nine times from 1989 to 1999. This time, however, was labeled as “completed” in the categories of “Baptism” and “Confirmation.” Many are upset by this, including Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel. Wiesel was submitted to a genealogy website as “ready” for posthumous proxy baptism. While the Mormon church argues that “the rite is reserved for the deceased,” a 2010 pact, spearheaded by Jewish leaders, holds the promise from the Mormon Church to prevent proxy baptism requests for Holocaust victims.

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