Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Matter of Rights Was Otto Frank Really Anne Frank's Co-Author?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Matter of Rights Was Otto Frank Really Anne Frank's Co-Author?

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Since it was first published in 1952, "The Diary of Anne Frank" has been a staple for adolescent students around the world. It was written by a 15-year-old Jewish girl about her family's ordeal as they hid in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation. She and her family were discovered by the Nazis and shipped to concentration camps.

Anne Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen camp in northern Germany. Otto Frank, her father, was the only family member who survived the Holocaust. It was his efforts that led to the publication of her diary. Until his death in 1980, he was acknowledged as the book's "editor," but gave full credit for the text to his daughter.

This is an important point given the new controversy surrounding the book's copyright. Seventy years after her death, the European copyright is set to expire, but the Swiss foundation that holds the rights wants to prevent it from moving into public domain. …

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