When Anne Frank was thirteen years old in 1942 she began keeping a diary. Written for herself alone, it described in explicit detail her thoughts and feelings during the two years that she was confined with seven other people in which she called the “Secret Annex.” Eventually, they were all arrested, and Anne, her sister, and her mother perished in German concentration camps. After the war, Anne’s father edited and published an abridged version of her diary which omitted comments about her growing sexual awareness, as well as her critical remarks about her mother and others who shared her hiding place. This version was also adapted to a popular play and a film.
Although Anne’s diary has often been recommended on high school reading lists, parents have complained to school boards in such states as West Virginia in 1982 and in Alabama in 1983, condemning the contents as overly sexually explicit or depressing.
An unabridged, definitive edition, retranslated and published in 1995, has restored all of Anne Frank’s original entries and contains nearly 30 percent more material.