Religion in Society

Anne Frank Posthumously Baptized as a Mormon

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Anne Frank, whose famous diary made her a symbol of the Jews killed in the Holocaust, has been posthumously baptized as a Mormon.

The Mormon church has a practice of baptizing dead people, but an agreement between the church and Jewish leaders banned the baptism of Jews, unless they were the direct ancestors of Mormons.

Reports say Mormon whistleblower and former church member Helen Radkey claimed Frank was baptized on Saturday at a Mormon temple in the Dominican Republic. Radkey got her information from a database that is only open to Mormons.

Radkey said Frank’s name has been submitted for baptism more than a dozen times over the years, but this is the first time her name has been on the list in more than a decade.

In a statement to The Huffington Post, church spokesman Michael Purdy said:

“The Church keeps its word and is absolutely firm in its commitment to not accept the names of Holocaust victims for proxy baptism.

"While no system is foolproof in preventing the handful of individuals who are determined to falsify submissions we are committed to taking action against individual abusers. It is distressing when an individual willfully violates the Church’s policy and something that should be understood to be an offering based on love and respect becomes a source of contention."

This latest embarrassment for the church comes a week after it was forced to issue an apology for posthumously baptizing the parents of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal.