Anne Frank

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Winning Bid for Anne Frank Poem Stuns Auctioneers

$148K selling price was 3 times the estimate

(Newser) - The Netherlands' Bubb Kuyper auction house expected the eight-line poem on a piece of old paper to sell for thousands. They just didn't expect to go for $148,000. For that price, an anonymous bidder has become the owner of a poem signed by Anne Frank on March 28,... More »

Judge Orders Man to Give Teen Prostitute Feminist Books

But one author says the john should read them instead

(Newser) - A judge in Rome handed down an unusual sentence to a man convicted of hiring a child prostitute, ordering him to give the 15-year-old girl 30 books on the subject of women's dignity, reports the BBC . In addition to two years in jail, the 35-year-old man must buy the... More »

Museum Peeved Over Anne Frank 'Escape Room'

Operator says it's 'an educational experience'

(Newser) - The Anne Frank Foundation has criticized an "escape room" made to look like the Amsterdam apartment where the teenage Jewish diarist hid with her family from the Nazis. According to its website , the Escape Bunker in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, has a room styled to look like the apartment. Visitors are... More »

Anne Frank's Stepsister Compares Trump to Hitler

'We haven't learned anything'

(Newser) - Anne Frank's stepsister is clearly not a fan of Donald Trump. If he becomes president, "it would be a complete disaster," says Eva Schloss, an Auschwitz survivor and childhood friend of Frank's. Her mother married Frank's father after the war. The reason Schloss' Trump criticism... More »

Auschwitz Medic, 95, Will Stand Trial

Hubert Zafke was there when train carrying Anne Frank arrived

(Newser) - A 95-year-old German man accused of serving as a medical orderly in a place where more than a million people were murdered will go on trial next month, a court has announced. According to an indictment, former SS sergeant Hubert Zafke was a paramedic at the Auschwitz extermination camp from... More »

Anne Frank's Diary Now Has a Co-Author

The new claim would extend the copyright on the diary for decades

(Newser) - The copyright on The Diary of Anne Frank—set to expire Jan. 1 in most of Europe—has been extended by at least 35 years after the Swiss foundation that holds the copyright claimed Anne's diary actually had a co-author: her father, the New York Times reports. Otto Frank... More »

Anne Frank Likely Died Earlier Than Thought

New date quashes idea she could have been rescued if she lived a few days more

(Newser) - Anne Frank likely died of typhus in a Nazi concentration camp about a month earlier than previously thought, the Amsterdam museum that honors her memory said today on the 70th anniversary of the officially recognized date of her death. Anne likely died, aged 15, at the Bergen-Belsen camp in February... More »

Anne Frank Tree Being Planted on Capitol Lawn

Sapling from original will grow there

(Newser) - A sapling grown from the chestnut tree that gave Anne Frank solace while hiding from the Nazis will be planted on the lawn of the US Capitol, reports AFP . The original tree collapsed in 2010 in Amsterdam, but it lives on in offshoots like the one that will be planted... More »

Suspect in Anne Frank Vandalism Nabbed in Japan

Man in Tokyo accused of damaging books in stores, libraries

(Newser) - It looks like Tokyo police have caught the person responsible for damaging hundreds of books related to the Holocaust and Anne Frank, including her diary , but not much is known about the suspect's background or motive. Authorities have identified him only as an unemployed 36-year-old man, reports the BBC... More »

Japan Mystery: Anne Frank's Diary Torn Apart

'We don't know why this happened or who did it,' says library council head

(Newser) - More than 100 copies of Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, plus many other related works that make mention of her or the Holocaust, have been ripped apart recently in Tokyo—the capital of a country where sales of the diary are second only to those in... More »

Anne Frank's Marbles Found, Go on Display

Childhood friend still had them after all these years

(Newser) - Shortly before Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis, she gave some of her toys to a non-Jewish girlfriend who lived in the building next door. The Anne Frank House Museum says the toys have now been recovered, and Anne's tin of marbles will go... More »

Anne Frank Fund Blasts German TV Adaptation

But miniseries has backing of rival Anne Frank Foundation

(Newser) - With the 70th anniversary of Anne Frank's death fast approaching, there are no less than three biographical productions in the work—and the Anne Frank Fund is furious about one of them. German broadcaster ZDF has announce a live-action TV miniseries that will weave Frank's life into a... More »

Anne Frank's 'Tree' Is Stolen

Sapling grown from original is cut down in Germany

(Newser) - One of the saplings grown from Anne Frank's beloved chestnut tree has been cut down and stolen, reports the Jerusalem Post . Someone felled the 8-foot tree that had been planted outside the Anne Frank School in Frankurt, Germany, at some point over the last week. It was one of... More »

Anne Frank Charity Battles ... Anne Frank Charity

Group compares rivals to Nazis

(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,... More »

Middle School Mom: Censor 'Pornographic' Anne Frank

Gail Horalek not happy with discussion of sex organs in book

(Newser) - A Michigan mom is upset over the "pornographic" material her 7th-grade daughter was assigned to read: The Diary of Anne Frank. Gail Horalek made the porn comparison because, in the full and unedited version of the book, Frank writes about her genitalia, the Christian Post explains. Horalek filed a... More »

Bieber Gets Support From ... Anne Frank's Stepsister

'She probably would have been a fan,' says Eva Schloss

(Newser) - First the Anne Frank museum came to Justin Bieber's defense after he speculated that the iconic Holocaust diarist might have been a Belieber ; now Frank's own stepsister says she's on Bieber's side, too. "She probably would have been a fan. Why not?" says Eva Schloss,... More »

Anne Frank Museum Flies to Bieber's Defense

Hey, consider what else he could have been doing in Amsterdam

(Newser) - You may have been wildly offended when Justin Bieber expressed his hope that Anne Frank would have been a "Belieber," but the Anne Frank museum was not. In response to the controversy that erupted over Bieber's note in its guestbook, the museum today insisted that we're... More »

Bieber Makes Tasteless Anne Frank Comment

Pop star drops by museum, scribbles stupidity in guestbook

(Newser) - Justin Bieber spent another day on planet Earth yesterday, so inevitably something jaw - dropping ensued : It seems the Bieb decided to play tourist while in Amsterdam, and dropped by the Anne Frank House, entourage in tow and legions of screaming fans left bereft outside. Innocuous enough, even admirable. The... More »

Anne Frank's Beloved Tree to Live On in US

Saplings from beloved chestnut tree to be planted in 11 US locations

(Newser) - Saplings from the chestnut tree that stood as a symbol of hope for Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam are being distributed to 11 locations in the United States as part of a project that aims to preserve her legacy and promote tolerance.... More »

Madame Tussauds Unveils Wax Anne Frank

She's depicted smiling, and writing in her diary

(Newser) - Normally, the artists at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum like to meet the people they're making sculptures of, but that wasn't possible with their latest creation. The museum unveiled a likeness of Anne Frank today, Der Spiegel reports, and it relies heavily on her famous diary for its details... More »

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