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Culture

Anne Frank's diaries go on display in Amsterdam

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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-11

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of Anne Frank's birth, an Amsterdam museum will display the original diaries that made the Jewish girl, killed at the age of 13 in a Nazi extermination camp, a household name.

AFP - The writings of Jewish teenager Anne Frank, who hid in an Amsterdam attic with her family for two years before her capture by Nazis, will soon be on permanent display, the Dutch government said Thursday.

 

"Her diaries and writings will return home" to the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam that used to be the teenager's family home, Culture Minister Ronald Plasterk told journalists on the eve of the 80th anniversary of Anne's birth.

 

Three diaries, a book of short stories and a "favourite quotes notebook", all authored by the girl, will be on display in a newly upgraded exhibition hall from November 1.

 

"Forty of the several hundred very brittle, loose sheets on which Anne rewrote her diary from May 1944 will be on permanent alternating display," said a statement.

 

The documents have been donated to the museum by the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation under an agreement signed Thursday.

 

They had been left to the institute by the teenager's father, Otto Frank, who was the only one of his family to survive the concentration camps and died in 1980.

 

Most of the documents had been kept in a safe by the institute, and occasionally loaned to the museum for display.
 

Only the first of her three personal diaries, one she had received for her 13th birthday on June 12, 1942, had been exhibited at the museum to date.

 

Anne, her father, mother Edith, sister Margot and four other Jews hid from the Nazi occupiers for nearly two years in an empty section of their home -- a building owned by Otto Frank's company.

 

The teenager chronicled the details of her life until the group was betrayed and arrested in August 1944 and taken to concentration camps. Anne died in 1945 in the Bergen Belsen camp in northern Germany.

 

Her writings were discovered by family friend Miep Gies shortly after the Nazis left. Gies kept them in safekeeping and gave them to Otto Frank when he returned after the war.

 

The first printed edition of Anne Frank's Diary came out in Dutch in 1947. The best-seller has since been translated into more than 70 languages.

Date created : 2009-06-11

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