Your thoughts....Anne Frank love story angers family

Jodi - posted on 06/21/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )




A new novel about Anne Frank which fictionalises her time hiding from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic to include imagined scenes of her sexual awakening has angered the diarist's family.

English author Sharon Dogar, who specialises in novels for teenagers, has penned the fictional diaries of Peter van Pels, Anne's close friend from the same Amsterdam building, Britain's Sunday Times newspaper reports.

The book, titled Annexed, includes graphic accounts of Peter's desire for Anne and intimate scenes between the two, although a scene of lovemaking was edited from the final version.

Frank's cousin, Buddy Elias, 84, who chairs a charity devoted to her memory, has criticised the book.

"Anne was not the child she is in this book," Mr Elias told the Sunday Times.

"I also do not think that their terrible destiny should be used to invent some fictitious story."

Frank, who died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp aged 15, became famous posthumously for her diaries, which provide a personal account of the WWII.

In her diaries she reveals she had strong romantic feelings for Peter, but they do not contain details of sexual conversations, let alone sex itself.

What do you think? I have not only read the diary, but a number of other anecdotes over the years (and I own a number of them), and done some research of my own because the story is so tragic (and also in my sociological studies at University), I felt that it deserved some true respect. I find the idea of a fictional novel focusing on "sex" to be repulsive and disrespectful. How anyone can try to capitalise on any aspect of the Holocaust will always baffle me, and this is yet another one I find disturbing.


Lyndsay - posted on 06/22/2010




I agree with you. That is disgusting. A fiction novelist should be able to invent her own characters, not exploit somebody from real life who has passed on.

LaCi - posted on 06/22/2010




the Author should have simply based the novel on the diaries, changes the names and so on. It may be a great story but this is hurting her family, and it's wrong. If this were the truth I wouldn't have a problem with it coming out, but not being the truth makes it reprehensible and unnecessary.

Sharon - posted on 06/22/2010




making suppositions about past people based on what we know of their culture and them via documents left behind is one thing.

To sully a child and turn her into almost a tramp because the author is filthy minded is unfair.

Why not make the supposition that elizabeth smart possibly enjoyed her captivity and sex with her captors? If someone did that today there would be so much screaming and yelling from the public it would be deafening. anne frank was in a horrible situation, a life or death situation, scared for her life, her family, with precious little hope. She was a scared little girl not allowed to truely grow up.

The author goes to far. I've made note of her name and I will honestly avoid her books.

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I'm not saying it's a good thing, I just think that the main reason it's provoking a high emotional response is that she's only been gone a short while, poor child. I don't agree with the author and think it's distasteful.

Jodi - posted on 06/22/2010




Interesting point Jen. You are probably absolutely right. In another couple of hundred years there wouldn't be any outrage. However, some of Anne Frank's relatives who knew her are still alive, and the tragedy of the Holocaust is still very real for so many people, that such a story at this point in time is still considered tasteless.

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I'm not sure how to think on this. We have no problem fictionalizing relationships between people dead over 100s of years ago, ex. Queen Elizabeth I or William Wallace. Oh you'll have a few historians get annoyed but the majority won't care.

I think it has a lot to do with the length of time between a person's death and the fictionalization.

C. - posted on 06/21/2010




You're absolutely right, Lisa S.. It is slander.

I think it's rude and disrespectful to do something like that. I will never read that book. I have read the Diaries of Anne Frank and found them quite interesting.. However, to portray as that.. It's very wrong.

Tanya - posted on 06/21/2010




I had to read it in school. I actually liked this book. I think this is just in bad taste. I understand that the author may feel that teens will be more likely to read it, but its too much. I think it would detracted from the life that she lived and her message. Besides it not going to kill a teen to read some non-fiction. Save the rest for twilight

Meghan - posted on 06/21/2010




Ok...I wont be reading it, and I certainly don't support or agree with what the author is doing...but if she clearly states that is is fictional and unless I am reading the post wrong (which I hope someone will correct me) it implies that her book is based on Peter's view, and NOT hers?

Jodi - posted on 06/21/2010





I have another book about Anne Frank called "Roses from Earth: The Biography of Anne Frank" by Carol Ann Lee, and it is a biography authorised by the family trust. It is basically a more in-depth look at who they believe betrayed them, what happened from the perspectives of others, and also what happened to them all after they were discovered (their life in the camps, etc) based on those who saw them there. It also includes a lot of unpublished letters sent to family members, exerpts from Otto's memoirs and so on. It is very sad, but a really good read if you wanted further reading.

*Lisa* - posted on 06/21/2010




I think it's just plain rude to the family. And isn't it slander?? The author is just trying to make money off Anne Frank's fame. Disgusting.

Sharon - posted on 06/21/2010




It is not respectful at all. Its disgusting. I don't agree with censorship but I won't be supporting her.

Jodi - posted on 06/21/2010




Kati, I think copyright laws vary from country to country, but often expire after 50 years after the death of the author (in Australia and UK it is 50 years anyway), and that 50 years is done.

It may also depend on whether "Anne Frank" has been trade marked, and the trade mark renewed, and be held in the country where this book is being published. It is all very complex.

Rosie - posted on 06/21/2010




how can they legally do this anyway? isn't there some type of copyright enfringement or something? make up somebody if you want to, but that is not how anne frank wrote things in her diary. i would be upset too.

Sara - posted on 06/21/2010




Uh, yeah...wrong! I agree, they could have used a fictional person in a similar situation, it doesn't have to be Anne. She deserves some respect for bringing her story to so many millions and helping us to never forget such a horrible and inhumane part of our history. The author really should be ashamed.

Joanna - posted on 06/21/2010




While I think that if there's a 15 year old girl locked in an attic with a young boy during hard times there will be some "feelings", I do also agree that this is in bad taste.

Lady - posted on 06/21/2010




I think if she wanted to write about something like that then she should have just made up characters - Anne Frank was a real person and I don't think it's very nice to write something fictional about someone real.

Katherine - posted on 06/21/2010




I agree, Jodi. To assume something like that is a pretty audacious move. That little girl was very chaste, and honestly no one knows what she was thinking. The first book should be the only book about her life. That was her DIARY.

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