‘Goodness knows how many false identity cards are in circulation. Jewish acquaintances are going about under ordinary Christian names and there are certainly not many people in hiding like ourselves who have no identity cards and never go out. Bep’s friend, who properly should really be in Berlin meets comrades of his in the street daily and they often know where each other is hiding. Three sons of our milkman are in the countryside etc. etc.’
This was written by Annelies Marie Frank on 28 January 1944 but was omitted from the Anne Frank Diary. Another passage at the beginning (20 June 1942) illustrates its true nature:
‘It's an odd idea for someone like me, to keep a diary; not only because I have never done so before, but because it seems to me that neither I – nor for that matter anyone else – will be interested in the unbosomings of a thirteen year-old schoolgirl’
– because it was actually written within a few days of 20 May 1944. AMF was almost 15 by this time. She was to spend the
next two months writing her novel, ‘Het Achterhuis.’
Anne Frank's Diary, claiming to document the period 12 June 1942 – 1 August 1944, is really a collection of letters to eight imaginary people, sketches and fictional stories. The collection was supplemented and rewritten when Annelies Marie Frank decided to write a novel in 1944. In 1945-6 Otto Frank prepared at least four typescripts claiming he did not intend to publish it. Since its first publication in 1947 as Het Achterhuis, the ‘diary’ has sold 25 million copies and spawned an industry of Foundations and travelling exhibitions.
When in the entry of 29 March 1944 AMF described her book as a novel (”een roman“) this was incorrectly translated in the Diary to ‘a romance’ (entry for 29 March 1944).
The author lived just a short walk away from Prinsengracht 263 and was twice deported from Holland for handing out leaflets outside. His detailed and often humorous debunking of the Diary finally and irrefutably blows the whistle on the ‘Anne Frank Roadshow.’ Anna Frank's Novel: The ‘Diary’ is a Fraud by Simon Sheppard, 50 pages, 13 tables, 3 figures, ISBN 1-901240-07-X, 1998.
From the Original Manuscript
One can only guess at the cumulative effect of millions of adolescent girls in particular tearfully reading the Diary at their most impressionable age. The nature of its influence need not concern us here; the fact is that it is false, and based on deceit.