Anne Frank Charity Battles ... Anne Frank Charity

Group compares rivals to Nazis

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 10, 2013 9:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two organizations bearing Anne Frank's name are in a bitter dispute over the possession of the Frank family archive, in an echo of a court battle they fought in the 1990s over which one had the right to trademark the Holocaust victim's name. The conflict between the Basel, Switzerland-based Anne Frank Fund and the Amsterdam, Netherlands-based Anne Frank Foundation is in part a struggle to control the late Jewish teen's legacy. But, with one side even comparing the other to Nazi Germany, it also threatens to damage both institutions' reputations.

"It's really sad this is happening," a Foundation spokeswoman said. The archive, which contains 25,000 family letters, documents, and photos from several generations, has been in the care of the Foundation in Amsterdam since 2007, on a loan from the Fund that it expected would become permanent. The Fund, headed by Anne Frank's closest living relative, her cousin Buddy Elias, now wants the material to go to a new permanent Frank Family Center devoted to the wider Frank clan and other relatives, not just Anne. It will be located at the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, where Anne Frank was born in 1929. Click for more on the dispute.

In this June 25, 2007 file photo, Anne Frank's cousin Bernhard "Buddy" Elias poses for a portrait in front of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
In this Saturday Dec. 10, 2011 file photo, Anne Frank's diary is seen on her writing desk as visitors tour the house of Anne Frank in Amsterdam.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
This is an undated file photo of Anne Frank.   (AP Photo, File)
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In the 1940s, the Frank family had its possessions seized by the Germans and their accomplices. Now a Dutch institution is trying again to carry out a seizure. - Yves Kugelmann, Anne Frank Fund board member

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