College student blasting Trump in video says Anne Frank did not die in Nazi camp


(JTA) — The progressive NowThis news website removed a segment of a video in which a George Washington University student said that teenage Holocaust diarist Anne Frank did not die in a concentration camp.

The six-minute video criticized President Donald Trump’s executive order signed last month that directs “robust” enforcement of existing civil rights protections for Jews on campus. In the video, the student slammed Trump for “defining what is and what isn’t being Jewish,” and said it was a “veiled way to silence Palestinian voices” against Israel. The order says attackers target Jews since they perceive them to be a race or having a shared national identity.

Senior Becca Lewis, who identifies herself as Jewish, mentioned Anne Frank late in the video.

“What’s going to happen if there’s another Holocaust? Well, we’re seeing what’s happening. We’re seeing people die at the border for lack of medical care. That’s how Anne Frank died. She didn’t die in a concentration camp, she died from typhus,” Lewis says in the now-deleted video segment.

The original video can be seen here.

Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in February or March 1945.

NowThis tweeted a link to the video on Friday, days after the original had been posted, with a message reading: “CORRECTION: We have removed a segment of this video in which the speaker misspoke regarding Anne Frank’s death. These Jewish and Palestinian students are speaking out against Trump for equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism in his Judaism executive order.”

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