Until this point, The Diary Of Anne Frank has lived three very separate lives. The first, of course, was the living, breathing account of a young woman desperately hiding from persecution in World War II; the second saw its publication serve as a personal touchstone for millions worldwide; and the third found the text firmly embedded in high-school curriculae as one of those ‘books absolutely everyone must read’.
If the book’s copyright holders have their way, its fourth life could make it “The Diary Of Anne Frank… And, Uh, Her Dad Too.”
That’s because the Anne Frank Fonds is attempting to extend its sole ownership over the text by claiming Franks’ father, Otto, had a hand in writing the book. Yes: the very personal, intimate, sole renditions of a young girl, partway-penned by her old man.
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