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The Anne Frank Hoax

The diary of Anne Frank (Annelies Maria Frank) is a day‑to‑day account of the anguish of a young Jewish girl and her family hiding in their Amsterdam home during the Nazi invasion. Anne Frank fell ill with typhus at the Bergen‑Belsen camp and died in March 1945. Her diary has touched the hearts of millions and made millions for Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank.

Anyone reading Anne Frank's diary would find it difficult to believe that a girl in her early teens wrote it. Apparently, it is a forgery. A noteworthy decision of the New York Supreme Court confirms this point of view. Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank, had promised to pay to his race-kin, Meyer Levin, not less than $50,000 because he had used the dialogue of author Levin just as it was and “implanted” it in the diary as being his daughter's intellectual work, but had not paid Levin. The court ordered that Frank pay Levin this amount as an honorarium for Levin's work on the “Anne Frank Diary.” This award was later set aside by the trial justice, Samuel C. Coleman, on the ground that the damages had not been proved in the manner required by law. The action was subsequently settled our of court, while an appeal from Judge Coleman's decision was pending. See more.

Otto Frank had to sue a long-term critic, Ernst Roeme, for spreading the allegation that the book was a fraud. A German court decided in Frank's favor when the testimony of historians and graphologists sufficed to authenticate the diary. Roeme didn't stop criticizing the book and was sued again. This time the court had the book examined by the German Federal Criminal Investigation Bureau (BKA). The manuscript, in the form of three hardbound notebooks and 324 loose pages bound in a fourth notebook, was examined with special equipment.

The results showed that portions of the work, specially of the fourth volume, were written with a ballpoint pen. Since ballpoint pens were not available before 1951, the BKA concluded, those sections must have been added subsequently.

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holocaust/anne-frank.txt · Last modified: 2007/09/20 10:37 by shmuel