American Horror Story is back with a vengeance this week with the most badass broad at Briarcliffe: Anne Frank. While most of us thought Anne tragically died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp just weeks before its liberation in 1945, Ryan Murphy‘s fictional Anne survived the camps and headed to the states with an American liberator with whom she fell in love. Frank apparently published her diary in the 50s, but couldn’t reveal her true identity because “the 15 year old girl had to stay martyred.” By identifying herself as Anne Frank, people assumed she was crazy and sent her to the asylum.
Anne doesn’t need to look too far for Nazi retribution. Apparently, Dr. Arden has much more to hide than being a mad scientist, pervert, and murderer. He was also a Nazi – which explains how Arden learned his cruel experiments. Not only does Anne remember him from Bergen-Belsen, but the prostitute who kicked Dr Arden at his house also discovered Nazi plans along with his disturbing photos of tortured women. Anne witnessed Arden, or Hans Gruber as he was known at the camps, choosing women from the barracks to be the recipients of his barbaric examinations.
Let’s just step back for a second. Can anyone get lower than Arden? If you’re having a bad day or are feeling bad about yourself, just remember things could be worse. At least you’re not Dr. Arden! At the end of the episode, Anne and Arden find each other together at last in his doctor’s room. She pulls out a pistol and shoots him in the leg, deservedly.
Murphy’s Anne Frank could be taken right out of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards , a Jew who is ready to seek justice on her Nazi oppressors. She is strong, convinced of her principles, and isn’t afraid of holding a gun. Anne famously said in her diary, “It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” In Murphy’s world, this innocent 15 year old has given way to a nihilistic woman who knows that evil can truly exist in people. And by people, we mean Dr. Arden.