Anne Frank has been voted “Most Inspiring Woman” in a survey to mark International Women’s Day.
Despite dying, aged just 15, at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, Anne’s diary inspired Daily Mirror readers to place her at the top of the poll, beating Princess Diana, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa and Marie Curie.
Anne garnered 12 per cent of the vote.
The Diary of Anne Frank, which she wrote in hiding in Amsterdam, has been translated into more than 70 languages.
A Beirut school has removed a textbook containing excerpts of The Diary of Anne Frankfrom its syllabus after Hizbollah claimed it promotes Zionism.
“The book focuses on the persecution of Jews during the war, but even more dangerous is the theatrical and dramatic method employed to narrate the diaries in an emotional way,” MP Hussein Hajj Hassan said on Hizbollah’s TV station, Al-Manar. “These respected, established schools are teaching the so-called tragedy this girl lived — how long will Lebanon remain an open arena for this Zionism?”
Peep Show star David Mitchell has drawn complaints to the BBC after a joke he made about Anne Frank.
Mr Mitchell told a joke on his new Radio 4 show, The Unbelievable Truth, where he said: “There is absolutely no truth in the rumour that the last line in Anne Frank’s diary reads: ‘Today is my birthday and my dad bought me a drum kit.’”
Almost 50 complaints were received by the BBC about the “insensitive” nature of the joke.
An asteroid has been named after the Dutch woman who hid Anne Frank’s family in Amsterdam and preserved her diary during the war.
The International Astronomical Union has named the asteroid Miep Gies, who is the last surviving member of the group who helped the Frank family and their friends hide in a secret apartment for two years.
Mrs Gies retrieved Anne Frank’s diary before the apartment was looted by the Nazis and saved it in her desk drawer for Anne's return.