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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl - The Definitive Edition
Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl - The Definitive Edition Author:Otto M. Frank Anne Frank kept a diary from 12 June 1942 to 1 August 1944. Initially, she wrote it strictly for herself, but one day in 1944, Gerrit Bolkestein, a member of the Dutch government in exile, announced in a radio broadcast from London that after the war he hoped to collect eyewitness accounts of the suffering of the Dutch people under the German oc... more »cupation, which could be made available to the public. As an example, he specifically mentioned letters and diaries.
Anne Frank decided that when the war was over she would publish a book based on her diary. She began rewriting and editing her diary, improving on the text, omitting passages she didn't think were interesting enough, and adding others from memory. At the same time, she kept up her original diary. In the Scholarly work, "The Diary of Anne Frank: The Critical Edition," Anne's first, unedited diary is referred to as version "a", to distinguish it from her second, edited diary, which is known as version "b"...
"After long deliberation, Otto Frank decided to fulfill his daughter's wish and publish her diary. He selected material from versions "a" and "b", editing them into a shorter version later referred to as version "c". Readers all over the world know this as "The Diary of a Young Girl"...
"The Anne Frank-Fonds (Anne Frank Foundations) in Basel (Switzerland), which as Otto Frank's sole heir had inherited his daughter's copyrights, decided to have a new, expanded edition of the diary published for general readers. This new edition in no way affects the integrity of the old one...Otto Frank's original selection has now been supplemented with passages from Anne's "a" and "b" versions. Mirjam Pressler's definitive edition, approved by the Anne Frank-Fonds, contains approximately 30 percent more material and is intended to give the reader more insight into the world of Anne Frank."« less