News Briefs: Erased ‘Anne Frank’ Passages Restored, Vikings Owner Likely to be Next JFNA Chair, and More


Philadelphia Gay News Publisher Donates Personal Papers to Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Mark Segal, the publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News and a national LGBTQ leader, is donating personal papers that document his 50-year career as an activist, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced.

The 16 cubic feet of papers include rare journals, flyers, posters, letters and materials from the 1970s to the present day. It also includes the first state-issued Gay Pride Proclamation from 1975, buttons and T-shirts.

“Few people have been as fearless, creative and relentless in their activism for LGBTQ rights as Mark Segal,” museum Curator Katherine Ott said. “The materials he is donating are an insider’s guide to most of the big issues of the past 50 years.”

‘Anne Frank’ Passages About Sexuality Restored

Dutch researchers restored two pages about sexuality that teenage diarist Anne Frank wrote while in hiding during World War II, JTA reported.

“Anne’s diary texts show that she had gleaned information on the subject of sexuality from her parents, especially her father, from her friend Jacqueline and from books,” according to a statement from the Anne Frank House.

The content — which included four dirty jokes, a few crossed-out phrases and a passage in which she envisions teaching sexual education — had been erased, then had sheets of brown paper glued over them.

“Anyone who reads the passages that have now been discovered will be unable to suppress a smile,” said Frank van Vree, director of the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. “The ‘dirty’ jokes are classics among growing children. They make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl.”

Binghamton University Holds Alternative Graduation in Deference to Observance of Shavuot

Binghamton University in New York hosted an alternative graduation ceremony for observant Jewish students and family members who wouldn’t have been able to attend graduation because of the observance of Shavuot, reported.

About 45 students participated in an alternative Tekes Siyum commencement ceremony the morning of May 18, with an alternate graduation dinner the night before.

“As I fielded calls from anxious parents, who cited financial constraints and other difficulties, I felt that I had to try to help make this joyous event less stressful for these families,” said Rabbi Aaron Slonim of the Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton.

Minnesota Vikings Owner Likely to be Named Chair of Jewish Federations of North America

Attorney Mark Wilf, who owns the Minnesota Vikings — who were clobbered in the NFC championship game by the Philadelphia Eagles — and is a real estate developer, will likely be named the incoming chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, JTA reported.

His nomination will be brought to the JFNA Board of Trustees when the organization’s General Assembly holds its annual meeting from Oct. 22-24 in Tel Aviv.

Wilf is a partner in Garden Homes, a New Jersey-based real estate development firm. He has held numerous positions with JFNA, including National Campaign chair, National Young Leadership Cabinet co-chair, president of his community’s Federation and co-chair of JFNA’s National Holocaust Survivors Initiative.


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