Anne Frank

De Klerk helps to raise £275K for the Anne Frank Trust

February 14, 2011

The former South African president was the guest speaker at the Anne Frank Trust Holocaust Memorial Day lunch at the Hilton Park Lane. F W de Klerk received a standing ovation from the 630 diners for a speech in which he praised Nelson Mandela and spoke about how even the most intractable of conflicts can be resolved by peaceful means. The lunch raised £275,000 for the work of the Anne Frank Trust.

Photos: Dan Maudsley

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Perfect punishment for Dutch teen's anti-Jewish slur

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2011

A teenager whose offensive comments about Jews were published online has been given a particularly fitting punishment.

The Dutch 18-year-old, referred to as Omar E in court, has been sentenced to community service at the Holocaust hiding place of Jewish diarist Anne Frank.

He had told the website GeenStijl that he believed Jewish people should be exterminated.

Despite a claim by Omar E’s lawyer that the case should not even have come to court because of the negative publicity his client had faced, a judge ruled that the teenager should do16 hours of community service.

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On this day: Miep Gies dies

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2011

The two years during which Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic would not have been possible without the group of people who risked their lives to help.

Miep Gies, who was 100 when she died, was also the one who made the astounding discovery of Anne’s diary.

After the war, when she discovered Anne had died of typhus in Bergen Belsen concentration camp, she kept it safe until Anne’s father Otto could be tracked down.

Mrs Gies went on to help Otto publish Anne’s diary, of which millions of copies in an array on languages have been sold.

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Anne Frank learning library opens

By Katie Taylor, October 21, 2010

The Anne Frank Trust has opened a specialist library at its north London offices to help students and teachers research the Holocaust, other genocides, prejudice and racism.

At Monday's launch, trust director Gillian Walnes said: "We have a unique tool in Anne Frank, the voice of a child, to teach our own youngsters about social responsibility, preventing discrimination.

"We can learn from the positives in Anne's story to inspire us to do good, and also the negatives of the story, to prevent history repeating itself."

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Anne Frank tree lives on

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2010

The chestnut tree which comforted Anne Frank while she was in hiding from the Nazis may survive despite being toppled by a storm.

The teenage diarist could see the tree from her family’s Amsterdam hiding place, and in her two years she spent there before being sent to Bergen-Belsen she wrote of admiring it “nearly every morning”.

Anne wrote: “As long as this exists...I cannot be unhappy."

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Anne Frank tree collapses

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2010

The chestnut tree that Anne Frank wrote about in her diary has fallen over in a storm.

The 150-year-old tree, which had already been damaged by fungus and moth infestation, snapped about one metre above its roots and crashed across surrounding gardens.

The tree, which has inspired replicas around the world, was rooted just beside the Amsterdam attic in which the Frank family hid from the Nazis for more than two years.

The teenage diarist, who died in 1945 after contracting typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, wrote that she admired it nearly every morning.

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Anne Frank: the comic book

By Jessica Elgot, July 9, 2010

A new graphic novel depicting a cartoon biography of Anne Frank is being released by the Anne Frank House Museum.

It will be a comic-book version of the diary written by 15-year-old Anne, who died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp after she and her family were discovered hiding in their secret Amsterdam annex, and aims to appeal to other teenagers.

The work is a collaboration by American author Sid Jacobson and artist Ernest Colon, and translations are planned in German, French and Italian.

It will be released in the UK this autumn.

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Anne Frank's cousin slams 'sexed up' novel

By Jessica Elgot, June 24, 2010

Jewish Holocaust charities and Anne Frank's only living relative have criticised a new novel which suggests that Anne had a sexual relationship with the boy who was in hiding with her.

But the book's publisher, Klaus Flugge, hit back at critics of Sharon Dogar's Annexed, an imaginary diary by Peter van Pels which relates some of Anne's reflections, but from the boy's point of view.

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Concern over new Anne Frank book

By Jessica Elgot, June 21, 2010

The executive director of the Anne Frank Trust has slammed a new teen novel which suggests Anne and a teenager hidden with her in wartime Amsterdam, Peter van Pels, had a sexual relationship.

Gillian Walnes said that the book "Annexed", which is a fictionalised diary by Peter, was “cashing in” on the diarist.

The book, published by Andersen Press, is a new novel from British author Sharon Dogar, who has written two other "coming-of-age" books for teenagers.

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Anne Frank's diary returns to Amsterdam

By Jessica Elgot, April 29, 2010

The surviving manuscript of Anne Frank’s diary has been returned to the once secret annexe in Amsterdam where she and her family hid from Nazi occupation for two years.

The 15-year-old diarist died of typhus at Belsen concentration camp, but her diaries became a worldwide sensation.

Now the manuscript will form part of a permanent display, opened by Holland’s Queen Beatrix, to celebrate 50 years of the Anne Frank House as a museum, and to mark 65 years after Anne’s death.

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