the war, when it was clear Anne had not survived, the diary was returned
to Otto Frank, and he was persuaded to publish it. Fifty years later, it
is still an international bestseller.
Millions of copies have been sold, and Anne Frank’s name is known around
the world. The narrow canal side house where she hid is a museum that is
visited by more than 600,000 people a year.
the profits from the sale of the diaries, Otto Frank set up a charitable
foundation, which helped pay for the medical expenses of Christians who
had helped Jews during the war. As long as he was alive, Otto Frank ran
the foundation, and sought to control his daughters’ image.
Frank, in his last will, gave the original diary to the state of Holland
to the War Documentation Center in Amsterdam. They keep it there in a big
safe, and they turn the pages every three months to preserve it there ...
few years ago a Dutch newspaper Het Parool published newfound
excerpts of Anne's diary that include bitter observations about her
parents' near-loveless marriage. In a front-page article, the Amsterdam
daily printed the text from three of the five missing pages which have
stirred up controversy in the Netherlands.
she never lived to see her 16th birthday, Anne Frank's innermost thoughts
scribbled on scraps of paper challenge us, and shame us, a full fifty
years after her death. Her life serves as eulogy to the millions of
children who perished in World War II.
She did not leave her legacy as an ode to the past - but as a beacon of
hope to the future ...