Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, may soon be legally recognized as co-author of the famous Jewish teen’s Holocaust era diary, The New York Times reported.
Otto published his daughter’s diary, in which she chronicled the two years that the family spent hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, in 1947.
The pages of Anne’s diary had been left scattered across the secret annex when her family was arrested in 1944. Miep Gies, who helped to hide the family, collected the pages and returned them to Otto after his release from Auschwitz in 1945. Anne had died earlier in the year in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.
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Before publishing, Otto wrote a prologue to the diary which stated that the book was written mostly by Anne.
The Anne Frank Fonds, the Swiss foundation that holds the copyright to “The Diary of Anne Frank, ” is now telling publishers that Otto Frank should not only be credited as the book’s editor, but also legally, as co-author.