“Just last week, people around the globe mourned the loss of the millions of people murdered in the ethnic cleansing of the Holocaust,” Schuster added. “I took a moment to reflect on how my grandfather and his family lost everything short of their lives, knowing many others were not that lucky.”
“Your depiction of Anne Frank’s face grafted to pinup imagery goes far beyond the distastefulness and provocativeness you obviously intend. It is the sexual violation of a child – one who, in life, was subjected to the most hideous of crimes,” Steinberg wrote.
“I hope these students do not believe that their principal error was unwittingly blundering over a line into apparent anti-Semitism and upsetting the Jewish community,” Steinberg told BuzzFeed News. “At root, their mistake was knowingly taking the image of a murdered child and turning it into pornography.”
More than 300 people have signed a petition to “demand public accountability” from the 143-year-old student magazine, which boasts alumni including John Updike, William Randolph Hearst, Conan O’Brien, and Colin Jost.
The editors promised to “restructure our review process for issues to prevent the publication of content like this” and “come up with a series of further steps to improve our publication and organization as a whole.”