2010 January 29

Too Much Anne Frank Sexuality! Virginia Parents Object

 

Culpeper County Public Schools in Virginia decided on this day to discontinue using the newest edition of the diary of Anne Frank, officially The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition. The 50th anniversary edition contains sections not in previous editions and, according to the school district, some parents objected to her candid discussion of her emerging sexuality.

The Diary of Anne Frank, as it is generally known, is widely regarded as a classic of modern literature. It is the diary of a young Jewish girl who, along with her family, was hidden from the Nazis in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her diary covers the period from June 1942 to August 1944. The family was exposed in 1944, and Anne and her sister eventually died of disease at the Bergen Belsen extermination camp. Her father Otto Frank survived and arranged for the publication of Anne’s diary.

The book has been banned or challenged bya number of  schools and libraries over the years. In 1983, the Alabama State Textbook Committee argued that the book should be rejected for classroom use because it is “a real downer.”

Learn more at the Ann Frank Center USA: http://www.annefrank.com/

Read the classic book for yourself: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

Find out about Banned Books Week: http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/

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