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The Diary

How Otto Frank Brought Anne’s Voice from Basel to the World


«The Diary. How Otto Frank Brought Anne’s Voice from Basel to the World» tells the story of Anne Frank's diary from the perspective of her father, Otto Frank, «the dearest sweetheart of a father I've ever met,» as Anne notes. He gave Anne the diary in which she kept her observations and thoughts from 1942 to 1944, when she and her family were living in hiding from the Nazis. Otto Frank read to his daughters, he wrote them letters and poems, and he supported their writing. In 1947, two years after the untimely death of his children, he published Anne’s diary.

In 1952, Otto Frank moved to Basel to visit his sister and mother. From Basel and later from Birsfelden he negotiated with publishers for Anne's diary, supervised translations and answered tens of thousands of readers’ letters. Otto Frank's decision to publish his daughter's notes was an essential step in spreading knowledge of the persecution of European Jews. After the publication of Anne Frank's diary, reports, novels and poems by other survivors of the Shoah found numerous readers.


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