Actress Hailee Steinfeld

The lovely Romeo and Juliet star embraces her Jewish heritage and narrates a new, interactive exhibit at The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Hailee, just a teen herself, gives a moving, thoughtful vocal performance as Anne Frank, who could just be the most beloved teen in the world.

Hailee Steinfeld

On Nov. 1, the long awaited sci-fi movie Ender’s Game will release in theaters. Based on the futuristic book by Orson Scott Card, the story focuses on a teen boy named Ender (Asa Butterfield) as he trains to battle an alien race that has invaded Earth. Petra Arkanian (Hailee Steinfeld) is also a student at the command school, struggling with an uncertain fate.

While this epic story of war is an allegory for historical conflict and purely fictional, The Holocaust, sadly, was real.

More than 1.5 million Jewish children died as Hitler ravaged Europe in World War II. Anne Frank and her sister, Margot, were two of them.

Many of us read The Diary of Anne Frank in high school. At 13 years old, Anne wrote about going into hiding in an attic in Amsterdam. This memoir was made famous after World War II mostly because it demonstrated so clearly the goodness, hope and courage of a young girl who was forced to suffer in a concentration camp and, ultimately, die just a few weeks before her camp was liberated.

Anne Frank Exhibit at Museum of Tolerance

This remarkable new exhibit, simply titled Anne, opened this week and has much to offer. Its interactive components help you get to know the entire Frank family. There is even a brief few seconds of video, where you can see a young Anne on a balcony. She appears so happy and innocent.

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As you walk through the exhibit, you hear the voice of Hailee Steinfeld as she reads excerpts from Anne's real diary. She speaks about putting photos of movie stars on her walls and longing to travel to Hollywood someday. Like many modern-day teens, Anne loved going to the movies and ice skating.

Anne Frank Exhibit at Museum of Tolerance

Hailee makes a lovely Anne, giving her dialogue a relatable, upbeat tone. She makes Anne seem like a friend you might have had in middle school. Having received the diary as a gift, it’s chilling to hear Anne say, "I want to go on living even after my death! And that's why I'm so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and write to express all that's inside me. When I write, I can shake off all my cares, my sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived." This diary entry was made April 5, 1944. Almost 70 years later, Anne's words still fill our hearts with hope.

Anne, you are a girl we will never forget.

For more details on the Anne Frank exhibit, visit

Ender's Game opens in theaters Nov. 1.

Photo of Hailee Steinfeld, courtesy of Patrick Hoffman/ Photos from the exhibit Anne, courtesy of the Museum of Tolerance

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Comments on "What do Ender's Game and Anne Frank have in common?"

Bee November 25, 2013 | 12:28 AM

No, Hailee's father is definitely fully Jewish. His parents were both Jewish.

Blair November 04, 2013 | 8:34 AM

It doesn't matter. With Judaism, if she wasn't raised in the culture and faith, it doesn't matter if she has a Jewish last name or some Jewish blood. And her father isn't even a religious Jew, we don't even know for sure if he is fully Jewish. He could just be half. Miss Steinfeld was not raised a Jew, or raised with any of the cultures and practices of the religion-her partial Jewish background it therefore irrelevant. And you can't say that it's "half her ancestry" because we don't know how Jewish her father is. He, for example, could just be Jewish through his father's side, in which case he isn't really Jewish. To be fair, if Miss Steinfeld was Jewish she probably would have mentioned it somehow, especially with the opening of this museum. She never has.

Blair October 28, 2013 | 10:16 AM

"The lovely Romeo and Juliet star embraces her Jewish heritage"-she doesn't really have any significant Jewish heritage to embrace if she wasn't raised with the culture and faith. Even her father isn't a practicing Jew-you can tell this because her mom posted pictures of their wedding and it's a Christian ceremony. This distinction might not matter as much in other cultures, but in Judaism it's very important.

bee October 28, 2013 | 1:57 AM

This article didn't even say she was Jewish. They just said "her Jewish heritage". So what exactly are you criticizing?

Blair October 24, 2013 | 9:58 AM

Yes, Miss Steinfeld's father is Jewish, but that does not make her Jewish, as Judaism travels through the maternal line. Unless she was particularly raised with the Jewish faith (which she was not), suddenly making claims of her having pride in her Jewish heritage are a bit out there.

bee October 20, 2013 | 12:29 AM

How does she have "some" Jewish heritage on her father's side? Her father is fully Jewish. That's it.

Anonymous October 18, 2013 | 8:59 AM

Hailee Steinfeld isn't Jewish-yes she has some Jewish heritage through her dad's side (hence the last name) but she isn't actually Jewish herself.

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