The Anne Frank Hoax
The diary of Anne Frank (Annelies Maria Frank) is a day to day account of the anguish of a young Jewish girl and her family hiding in their Amsterdam home during the Nazi invasion. Anne Frank fell ill with typhus at the Bergen Belsen camp and died in March 1945. Her diary has touched the hearts of millions and made millions for Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank.
Anyone reading Anne Frank's diary would find it difficult to believe that a girl in her early teens wrote it. Apparently, it is a forgery. A noteworthy decision of the New York Supreme Court confirms this point of view. Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank, had promised to pay to his race-kin, Meyer Levin, not less than $50,000 because he had used the dialogue of author Levin just as it was and “implanted” it in the diary as being his daughter's intellectual work, but had not paid Levin. The court ordered that Frank pay Levin this amount as an honorarium for Levin's work on the “Anne Frank Diary.” This award was later set aside by the trial justice, Samuel C. Coleman, on the ground that the damages had not been proved in the manner required by law. The action was subsequently settled our of court, while an appeal from Judge Coleman's decision was pending. See more.
Otto Frank had to sue a long-term critic, Ernst Roeme, for spreading the allegation that the book was a fraud. A German court decided in Frank's favor when the testimony of historians and graphologists sufficed to authenticate the diary. Roeme didn't stop criticizing the book and was sued again. This time the court had the book examined by the German Federal Criminal Investigation Bureau (BKA). The manuscript, in the form of three hardbound notebooks and 324 loose pages bound in a fourth notebook, was examined with special equipment.
The results showed that portions of the work, specially of the fourth volume, were written with a ballpoint pen. Since ballpoint pens were not available before 1951, the BKA concluded, those sections must have been added subsequently.
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11/29/2008 6:09:59 PM
Bullshit. Wikipedia says:
With Otto Frank's death in 1980, the original diary, including letters and loose sheets, were willed to the Dutch Institute for War Documentation, who commissioned a forensic study of the diary through the Netherlands Ministry of Justice in 1986. They examined the handwriting against known examples and found that they matched, and determined that the paper, glue and ink were readily available during the time the diary was said to have been written. Their final determination was that the diary is authentic, and their findings were published in what has become known as the "Critical Edition" of the diary. On 23 March 1990, the Hamburg Regional Court confirmed its authenticity.
11/29/2008 6:17:21 PM
Liar, liar pants on fire.
11/29/2008 6:18:53 PM
@ IanC: this is an anti-Semite we're dealing with here though, they probably think Snopes is part of the Big Nasty Jewish Conspiracy™.
11/29/2008 6:44:42 PM
@ Doctor Fishcake -
Too true. Too true.
11/29/2008 6:48:22 PM
The diary has been proven to be real. It has been confirmed by handwritting experts comparing it to known schoolwork of Anne.
I really don't know what the fuck these people are going on about, even if it did turn out to be a forgery, how does that change history? It's like saying slavery didn't happen because it turned out that Roots was fiction.
11/29/2008 7:05:09 PM
Not this thing again.
11/29/2008 7:24:40 PM
All I see is words and none of them make sense.
11/29/2008 8:32:18 PM
He'd have to be as blind as Anne Frank to think otherwise
11/29/2008 11:46:31 PM
I don't understand the point of anti-semites.
They seem hell bent on proving every FACET of the holocaust a hoax. It's getting damn near laughable and just look at the site name.
11/30/2008 7:54:33 AM
What's the point of trying to disprove the holocaust, when you basically want to bring one about yourself? How does it further your goal? "The Nazis didn't really kill millions of Jews so they're not as bad as all that and it's OK for us to ape them. Now let's go kill some Jews!"
11/30/2008 12:56:42 PM
@ Brain_in_a_Jar; They don't believe it themselves, of course. Insane people apart, holocaust denial is strictly for public consumption; when they think no-one else is looking, they freely admit it happened, and wish it had happened more.
11/30/2008 3:11:56 PM
At least one of the diaries was on display at the Frank house/museum in Amsterdam when I visited there some years ago. It was plain to see that it was written in fountain pen, faded by age---NOT ball point.
12/2/2008 8:54:02 AM
Using all myths AGAIN?. Man, things have been debunked, but not Anna Frank's diary, precisely.
12/30/2008 11:21:22 PM