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Anne Frank: Her life in words and pictures from the archives of The Anne Frank House by Menno MetselaarThis is the indispensable visual guide to the tragic but inspiring story of Anne Frank. Produced in association with The Anne Frank House and filled with never-before-published snapshots, school pictures, and photos of the diary and the Secret Annex, this elegantly designed album is both a stand-alone introduction to Annes life and a photographic companion to a classic of Holocaust literature.
The Secret Pages of Anne Frank's Diary
Usually, the upper floors of the office building at Prinsengracht were silent. But on August 4, , they came to terrible life. Miep Gies never forgot the sounds. Hours later, when she got up the courage, Gies went upstairs. Now, the attic was trashed, ransacked by German police. Miep got on her hands and knees and gathered up the writing, then locked it in a drawer to wait for its author's return. Anne Frank never came back.
In , conservators took photos of the condition of the diary during a routine check. This time, advanced imaging technology revealed the text beneath the pages. The diary of Anne Frank. Frank apparently began an entry on September 28, , then ruined the pages. The Anne Frank House did not release the text itself along with the announcement. At the time, Frank was 12 years old and curious about sex and relationships like other children her age. In her diary, she wrote about other jokes that were sexual in nature, discussed her changing body and menstruation, and explored her own budding sexual feelings toward members of the same and opposite sex.
After Proving a Huge Success in Europe, an American Editor Takes a Chance On the Diary
The Anne Frank House is a museum with a story. As a visitor, you experience this story through quotes, photos, videos, and original items. The atmosphere in the museum is authentic and subdued. On 6 July , the Frank family went into hiding in the building at Prinsengracht Later, they were joined by the Van Pels family and Fritz Pfeffer. The building consisted of two parts: the main house and the annex. The eight people hid on the top floors of the annex.
In , during an examination of Anne Frank's original red-checked diary, researchers at the Anne Frank House came across two pages that had been completely covered with adhesive brown paper. While these pages had been encountered before, Frank's diary is reportedly only examined by its safe keepers once every decade or so. The difference, this time, was that advances in photo-imaging software made it possible to decipher the words beneath the brown paper without endangering the fragile document. In May , the Anne Frank House revealed the words of these hidden pages for the first time since its author scribbled them out, more than two months into a two-year hideaway from the Nazis in the secret annex behind her father's business in Amsterdam. She proceeded to do just that: "Do you know why the German girls of the armed forces are in the Netherlands? For an encore: "A man comes home at night and notices that another man shared the bed with his wife that evening.
The original diaries are so fragile, they are only taken out of storage once every ten years for study. These are not the only two pages in the diary that reference sex and the body. The Diary of Anne Frank has a fraught relationship with editorial changes. Frank wrote two diaries in her lifetime. The first was a personal account, which she intended to remain private. But, as reported by The New York Times , in , Frank heard on the radio that the Dutch government in exile wanted to archive and publish the stories of people living under German occupation.