Netherlands: Anne Frank diaries returned
12 June 2009
Anne Frank would have been eighty today. For the occasion, her celebrated house / museum in the centre of Amsterdam has recovered an "absolute gem" – her original diaries. "After the bible, it's nearly the most famous book in the world," writes Dutch daily Trouw. From now on, visitors will be able to contemplate the originals in the place where Anne Frank wrote them. Until recently, they were jealously guarded by the Dutch Insitute of Second World War Documentation ( NIOD ). Marjan Schwegman, director of NIOD points out that a public display of authentic documents is a useful contribution to the "current debate about negationism." "Anne is coming home," says Culture minister Ronald Plasterk. According to Trouw, these words "have a good ring to them, are almost a consolation" but it reminds readers that Anne Frank never returned from the Belsen concentration camp.