pages of Anne Frank diary found
J. KOLE Associated
Netherlands -- They could be the biting
words of any spirited teenager scribbling
grouchily in her diary about her
But when the author
and her harrowing account of two years in
hiding from the Nazis is an international
bestseller in 55 languages, even the banal
takes on special significance.
who thought they'd published the complete
Diary of Anne Frank said Tuesday
that five handwritten pages they didn't
know existed have turned up.
The discovery could
lead to a legal battle for their return --
and added intrigue in the ongoing search
to know as much as possible about the
young girl who unwittingly became the
voice of the Holocaust.
The pages, in which
Anne gives a "very critical" assessment of
her parents' marriage, were found to be in
the possession of a former employee of the
Anne Frank Foundation, the Netherlands
State Institute for War Documentation
The foundation and
the war documentation center have issued a
joint demand for their return and said
they have hired a lawyer.
The man now holding
the pages said Anne's father, Otto
Frank, gave them to him shortly before
Frank's death in 1980, the center said.
His name was not released and there was
nothing to indicate that he had done
Still, the center
said, "it is highly improbable that Otto
Frank made a gift of this original
manuscript to this former
"Rather, he may have
just handed him the pages to
the contents from becoming
sensitive nature of the material," the
center refused to release the pages or
even elaborate on their
Anne Frank's diary,
a modern literary classic that has
required reading in schools
inspired numerous books, films and a hit
Broadway musical. Anne chronicled how she
and her family hid in a secret annex
behind a movable bookcase in a house along
an Amsterdam canal.
The house itself,
which has been carefully preserved and
restored, is one
of Amsterdam's biggest tourist
drawing several hundred thousand visitors
The diary trails off
in August 1944, just before the Franks
were betrayed and Anne was arrested and
hauled off to the Bergen-Belsen
concentration camp. Starving and freezing,
died there of typhoid
in the spring of 1945, just weeks before
the camp was liberated.
Otto Frank, the only
family member to survive the war,
published the diary in 1947. He is known
to have withheld a few portions dealing
with his marriage, wishing to keep some
aspects of the family's life
sheets of paper
matters, Anne had begun rewriting her
diary on loose sheets of paper that easily
could have been lost or confiscated in the
aftermath of her arrest.
Once the five pages
are recovered, they will be included in a
new edition of the diary, said David
Barnouw, a spokesman for the war
documentation center who helped compile an
unabridged version of Anne's
"We thought we had a
complete edition. Now this pops up,"
Barnouw said. "I don't doubt the
authenticity of these pages."
rule out the possibility that still more
pages might be missing.
"That's one of our
biggest questions," he said. "And we
thought we had
the whole story."
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