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Dr. Seuss Versus Hitler

Big D Reads is using The Sneetches to convey the themes of The Diary of Anne Frank to a younger audience, but Dr. Seuss actually had much more to say about Hitler and the Nazis both as a children’s book author and before. Dr. Seuss may be known for clever rhymes and fantasy drawings, but as Theodor Geisel, his given…

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Cinematic Narratives of the Holocaust

There are a wealth of documentaries that chronicle the events leading up to World War II, the conditions of camps and ghettos across Europe, and biopics of major Nazi officers and heroic resistors; however, the cut and dry nature of many documentaries fails to convey the emotional and psychological aspects of the war, the politics, and the will to survive….

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More About the Big D Reads Companion Selections

Many of our activities and events for Big D Reads are about the companion books to The Diary of a Young Girl. Here is a brief description of each title. Theodore Geisel was known for his criticism of Hitler and the Nazis, drawing political cartoons depicting the evil regime and the failure of the rest of the world to stop…

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For Further Reading

The Anne Frank companion books chosen for Big D Reads are just a few examples of the great literature written about the Holocaust, Hitler and the Nazis. These are some others we recommend: Maus I&II by Art Spiegelman (ages 15+) A tale within a tale, Maus tells the story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe and his son, a…

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(Re)Discover the power of Anne Frank in April

Friday April 1 marks the launch of the 2016 Big D Reads with a special reading of The Diary of a Young Girl at the Dallas Holocaust Museum. Beginning at 10 am, members of the community and the museum will be taking turns reading aloud in the  “secret annex” – part of the Anne Frank exhibit on display in the…

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Dallas Morning News: Big D Reads Makes a Timely and Relevant Pick

From the March 25 Dallas Morning News editorial page: Big D Reads makes a timely and relevant pick Chances are you haven’t read Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl since you were an adolescent student. But its themes of generosity versus betrayal and hate versus hope have uncanny relevance in 2016. That’s why we salute the folks behind…

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Big D Reads 2016 Examines the Holocaust

Hate. Hope. Persecution. Strength of the Human Spirit. Generosity and Betrayal in Wartime. These are the themes running throughout Anne Frank’s diary, a written warning to a future that still grapples with issues of hate and intolerance long after we should have learned the lessons of World War II and the Holocaust. But beyond the circumstances of her life, Anne Frank also…

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How You Can Save Western Civilization by Reading True Grit

In April, we’re asking everyone to read Charles Portis’ True Grit as part of D Academy’s literacy nonprofit Big D Reads. D Academy fellows raised enough money to purchase 17,000 copies of the book and will be handing them out at more than 60 events during the month of April. The fellows have spent the last few months talking about…

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D Academy Fellow Talks Grit – Lydia Varela

Lydia Varela is a 2015 D Academy fellow. Varela and seven other D Academy fellows put it all out on the Naked Stage to discuss grit.  NOT how Lydia got her groove back but How Lydia Got Her Grit! GHG = Gotta Have Grit GHG: when you’re raised in a home full of women; mom left school at 13 in…

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D Academy Fellow Talks Grit – Frances Yllana

Frances Yllana is a 2015 D Academy fellow. Yllana and seven other fellows gave talks on the meaning of grit, inspiring blog posts.  On March 13 at Union Coffee House, I gave a talk about the meaning of “grit,” as part of the Big D Reads series of events, along with 7 other D Academy fellows and alumni. Prior to…

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