Anne Frank’s Diary in US schools censorship battle

[from The Guardian website]

'Pornographic' writing? … Anne Frank.Free speech advocates in America have slammed a call to ban The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank from schools in Michigan because it contains “pornographic” passages.

A mother of a seventh grader in the Northville school district in Michigan said late last month that Frank’s depiction of growing up in hiding as a Jewish teenager during the Holocaust, which has sold millions of copies worldwide, contains “inappropriate material”. She pointed in particular to a passage from the “definitive” version of Frank’s diary – which includes around 30% of extra material left out of the original 1947 edition by Anne’s father Otto – in which the young girl discusses her anatomy.

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