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Anne Frank had the dream of one day becoming a well-known writer. Her father, Otto Frank, who was the only family member to survive the war, wanted to fulfill his daughter's wish and made it his life's mission to distribute Anne's diary.
In 1947, "Het Achterhuis" was published in the Netherlands, and in 1950 the first German edition appeared. Today the diary is one of the most widely read books in the world, and its impact since the post-war period has been incomparable and unbroken. Nevertheless, the story of his success is marked by obstacles and setbacks and is largely unknown.
Thomas Sparr, equipped with profound knowledge, deciphers how the diary came about, how it was distributed, how it is received worldwide and why it still sticks with us today.
In conversation with Achim Bonte, General Director of the Berlin State Library, Thomas Sparr will shed more light on these topics.