The 50th anniversary edition of “The Diary of a Young Girl” is a more complete version of the classic, and it, apparently contains passages left out of the original, passages that indicate Anne Frank’s burgeoning sexuality, among other things.
And this more complete, more accurate, more factual look into the life of Anne Frank is too much for a Virginia school district.
Culpeper County public school officials have decided to stop assigning a version of Anne Frank’s diary, one of the most enduring symbols of the atrocities of the Nazi regime, after a parent complained that the book includes sexually explicit material and homosexual themes.
. . . The version of the diary in question includes passages previously excluded from the widely read original edition, first published in Dutch in 1947. That book was arranged by her father, the only survivor in her immediate family. Some of the extra passages detail her emerging sexual desires; others include unflattering descriptions of her mother and other people living together.
Allen said that the more recent version will remain in the school library and that the earlier version will be used in classes.
The students who won’t be taught from the new book are 8th graders. And 8th graders are just about the perfect age to be reading about emerging sexuality — gay or straight — and issues with parents.
And, while I haven’t read this new version, I have to admit I’m excited to — was Anne Frank lesbian?