The Harvard Lampoon, a long-running campus satirical magazine, has apologized after publishing a photoshopped picture of 15-year-old Holocaust sufferer Anne Frank in a bikini.
“Gone before her time: Virtual aging technology shows us what Anne Frank would have looked like if she hadn’t died,” learn the headline above the faux picture, with the accompanying caption, “Add this to your list of reasons why the Holocaust sucked.”
Paulette Schuster, a scholar at Harvard whose grandfather survived the Holocaust, described the picture, which was printed and distributed to dorms on the Ivy League college’s campus over the weekend, as “unfunny, hateful, ignorant, pedophiliac and dehumanizing.”
Harvard chaplain Rabbi Jonah C. Steinberg stated the picture went “far beyond the distastefulness and provocativeness,” including that it was “sexual violation of a child – one who, in life, was subjected to the most hideous of crimes.”
Robert Trestan, New England regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, described the picture as “shameful and harmful.”
Amid the outcry and protests from college students and Jewish officers from throughout the US, the editors apologized Tuesday in an announcement on the magazine’s website.
“We realize the extent of offense we have inflicted and understand that we must take responsibility for our actions,” the editors wrote.
“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.”