Anne Frank's original writings come home

28th April 2010, Comments 0 comments

All of Anne Frank's surviving diaries and manuscripts came home Wednesday to the secret Amsterdam annexe where the Jewish teenager chronicled two years of hiding before her capture by the Nazis.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Anne Frank House, 65 years after the youthful author's death in a German concentration camp, Dutch Queen Beatrix opened a new diary room where all of Anne's original writings will be on permanent display for the first time.

"All Anne's diary entries are now back in the house where they were written, and can be seen by visitors from today on," museum director Hans Westra said after the monarch performed the official opening.

"The writing talent of Anne is finally getting the acknowledgement that it deserves in the museum."

The Anne Frank House received some 9,000 visitors in 1960, the year when it officially opened its doors on May 3.

It now hosts about one million tourists from all over the world annually.

Previously, the Anne Frank House had only the first red-and-green checked diary that Anne had received for her 13th birthday, and none of the other notebooks and loose sheets of paper on which she had penned her daily experiences and thoughts.

Many of these had been held by the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation.

A compilation of her first diary, a later version that Anne herself had started editing for publication after the war, as well as an array of other loose pages, went into the "Diary of a Young Girl", first published in 1947.

The book has become one of the most renowned accounts of Jews hiding from Nazi persecution and has sold more than 35 million copies in 70 languages.

Anne, 15, and her sister Margot, 19, died of typhus at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, just a few weeks before it was liberated by the British Army.

Their mother, Edith, died at Auschwitz.

Father Otto Frank was the only one of the eight people hiding in the annexe to survive World War II, later editing Anne's diary for publication. He died in 1980 aged 91.

© 2010 AFP

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