Meyer Levin and the play

A scene from the play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett.
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Meyer Levin is really keen to make a stage version of the diary. After some hesitation Otto Frank agrees. Theatre producers don’t think the script is suitable though. The playwrighter couple Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett are then given the job. 

'The Diary of Anne Frank’ premieres in New York in 1955 and becomes a success worldwide. A few years later the film with the same name is also a success.

Every Jewish thought (…) is rigorously eliminated from the “Diary” as presented on stage and on screen.

, in an open letter to Otto Frank. Jerusalem Post, 25 March 1960

Clash

Meyer Levin continues to oppose the play. In his eyes Goodrich and Hackett have made the story too universal and the Jewish identity is missing. It leads to a clash with Otto Frank and the Broadway producers.

Meyer Levin keeps on expressing his discontent in public. In his book 'The obsession' he gives his vision on the affair.

Meyer Levin and the play Meyer Levin continues to oppose the play.

In his eyes Goodrich and Hackett have made the story too universal

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