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The Diary of Anne Frank, and the truth concerning this book is only one

appalling insight into the fabrication of a propaganda legend.

First published in 1952, The Diary of Anne Frank became an

immediatebest‑seller; since then it has been republished in

paper‑back, going through 40 impressions, and was made into a successful

Hollywood film.

In royalties alone, Otto Frank, the girl's father, has made a fortune

from the sale of the book, which purports to represent the real‑life tragedy

of his daughter. With its direct appeal to the emotions, the book and the

film have influencedliterally millions of people, certainly more throughout

the world than any other story of its kind.

And yet only seven years after its initial publication, a New York

Supreme Court case established that the book was a hoax. TheDiary of Anne

Frank has been sold to the public as the actual diary of ayoung Jewish girl

from Amsterdam, which she wrote at the age of 12 while her family and four

other Jews were hiding in the back room of a house duringthe German


Eventually, they were arrested and detained in aconcentration camp, where

Anne Frank supposedly died when she was 14. When Otto Frank was liberated

from the camp at the end of the war, he returned to the Amsterdam house and

"found" his daughter's diary concealed in the rafters.

The truth about the Anne Frank Diary was first revealed in 1959 by the

Swedish journal Fria Ord. It established that the Jewish novelist Meyer

Levin had written the dialogue of the "diary" and was demanding payment for

his work in a court action against Otto Frank.

A condensation of the Swedish articles appeared in the American

EconomicCouncil Letter, April 15th, 1959, as follows: "History has many

examplesof myths that live a longer and richer life than truth, and may

become more effective than truth. "The Western World has for some years been

made aware of a Jewish girl through the medium of what purports to be her

personally written story, Anne Frank's Diary. Any informed literary

inspection of this book would have shown it to have been impossible as the

work of a teenager."

A noteworthy decision of the New York Supreme Court confirms this point of

view, in that the well known American Jewish writer, Meyer Levin, has been

awarded $50,000 to be paid him by the father of Anne Frank as an honorarium

for Levin's work on the Anne Frank Diary. "Mr. Frank, in Switzerland, has

promised to pay to Meyer Levin, not less t an $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.

Furthermore, much of this "Diary" was written with a ball point pen, which

did not exist at the time. Barnum was right.

For publication,

Ed Toner

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