Anne Frank museum to display diaries on what would have been 80th birthday

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AMSTERDAM - The Anne Frank House museum says it will put the teenage Holocaust victim's diaries and other writings on permanent display to commemorate what would have been her 80th birthday Friday.
Frank died in a concentration camp at 15.
Until now her posthumously published diaries and other works have been kept in an archive at the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation. Some have previously been displayed at the museum, which encompasses and preserves the "Secret Annex" - the tiny apartment above a canal-side warehouse where the Frank family hid for two years.
Education Minister Ronald Plasterk said it was important for the historical record that the writings be on display at the museum, "on the spot where they were written."
Frank's works include the red-and-white autograph book where she wrote her first diary entries in June 1942, before the family went into hiding in July. That book is on display at the museum now.
In addition, Frank used two school exercise books as diaries once the autograph book was full.
There is also a small ledger from her father's office she filled with quotes she liked from books she had read; and an account book she used to write short stories in.
Finally, there are 360 loose sheets of paper that she used to rewrite the diaries when it became apparent that Germany was losing the war and she began to dream that the occupation of the Netherlands would end and her diary might one day be published.
"I know that I can write, a couple of my stories are good . . . there's a lot in my diary that speaks, but whether I have real talent remains to be seen," she wrote on April 4, 1944.
The family's hiding place was betrayed and they were arrested by German police in August 1944. Anne died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp just weeks before it was liberated in the spring of 1945.

Organizations: Anne Frank museum, Anne Frank House, Netherlands Institute

Geographic location: AMSTERDAM, Germany, Netherlands

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