On This Day – Netherlands Institute for War Documentation Publishes Anne Frank’s Complete Works











On this day in 1986, the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) published the complete works of Anne Frank’s diaries, containing all the texts she ever wrote in a first critical edition. This also marked a turning point, as the NIOD published a scientific investigation into the authenticity of the manuscripts, looking at the handwriting, paper type and glue. The results showed that the manuscripts were authentic and real.

Born in Germany in 1929, Anne Frank moved with her family to the Netherlands in 1933 after the Nazis appropriated power. There, she led a quiet life until the German invasion in 1940. As a result of increasing anti-Jewish measures and propaganda, the family went into hiding in July 1942, fearing for their safety. However, on 4 August 1944, they were discovered and arrested,http://www.webokase.fr with Anne being taken to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she died of typhus in March 1945. Her death came just a few weeks before the camp was liberated by British troops.

While her family had been in hiding, Anne Frank kept several diaries that detailed her fears, thoughts and dreams. These survived the war and, in 1947, her father Otto Frank, with the help of a Dutch publishing house, published them for the first time. The diaries have since been published in more than 50 languages, and more than 20 million copies have been printed. The handwritten manuscripts are today on display at the Anne Frank Memorial House in Amsterdam.

It was recently announced that a play based on Anne’s diaries is set to open in Amsterdam. Entitled simply ‘Anne’, it will be the first stage adaptation to incorporate her
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After the war, it was estimated that of the 107,000 Jews who were deported from the Netherlands between 1942 and 1944, only 5,000 survived.

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