The Harvard Lampoon, the university’s satirical magazine, apologized Tuesday for publishing a fake image of Anne Frank in a bikini to demonstrate “why the Holocaust sucked.”
The image published by The Lampoon over the weekend showed Anne Frank’s young face plastered on a woman’s bikini-clad body. Frank was only 15 years old when she died in a Nazi concentration camp.
“Gone before her time,” a headline above the photo read. “Virtual aging technology shows us what Anne Frank would have looked like if she hadn’t died.
“Add this to your list of reasons why the Holocaust sucked,” the subhead read.
The newspaper’s editors issued a statement Tuesday denouncing the image.
“We realize the extent of offense we have inflicted and understand that we must take responsibility for our actions,” the statement read. “We as individuals and we as an organization would like to apologize for our negligence in allowing this piece to be created for and printed in our latest issue. We are sorry for any harm we have caused. Furthermore, we want to both affirm and emphasize that the Lampoon condemns any and all forms of anti-Semitism.
“Moving forward, we will approach the content of our magazine with greater care,” the statement continued. “We realize that our publishing process lacks sufficient editorial oversight, so we are going to restructure our review process for issues to prevent the publication of content like this. In the coming weeks, based on conversations with the Office of Diversity Education & Support, our Graduate Board, advisors, and our peers, we are going to come up with a series of further steps to improve our publication and organization as a whole.”
A Harvard spokesman said Wednesday that the cartoon was “deeply offensive.”
“It is not aligned with the values that Harvard College works tirelessly to promote, and we have already begun discussions with the students and organization involved to ensure that appropriate action is taken,” university spokesman Aaron Goldman said in a statement to the New York Post.
Executive Director of Harvard Hillel Rabbi Jonah C. Steinberg called the image “the sexual violation of a child — one who, in life, was subjected to the most hideous of crimes,” the Crimson reported.
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