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Las Vegas Sun
January 13, 2003 at 12:25:15 PST

Museum to Display Anne Frank Writings


AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Parts of Anne Frank's diary will go on display outside the Netherlands for the first time during an exhibition at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the caretakers of the diary said Monday.

The exhibition will begin June 12, which would have been the 74th birthday of the girl whose wartime diary written in hiding from Nazi collaborators has moved generations of readers.

Selections of the diary and other writings were being loaned by the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation, which was bequeathed the documents by Otto Frank, Anne's father.

Otto Frank was the only survivor among the eight people who hid together for 25 months in the secret warehouse annex in Amsterdam where he had maintained a business.

The institute said the display will include Anne's photo album and parts of the last of her three diary notebooks.

Anne began writing her diary on her 13th birthday in 1942. Less than a month later she went into hiding with her father, mother, sister and four others.

After the Franks were discovered and arrested, the notebooks and loose sheets scattered on the floor of the annex were collected and kept by Miep Gies, a former employee of Otto Frank who had helped supply them with food during their years locked behind a secret door.

More than 100,000 Dutch Jews, about 70 percent of the Jewish community, were deported to German concentration camps and killed during the war.


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