• Het achterhuis : dagboekbrieven van 12 juni 1942–1 augustus 1944
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Het achterhuis : dagboekbrieven van 12 juni 1942–1 augustus 1944

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Het achterhuis : dagboekbrieven van 12 juni 1942–1 augustus 1944
Call No: RBSC 949.207 F82a 1947 (on museum display)

Call NumberRBSC 949.207 F82a 1947 (on museum display)
Sub-CollectionRare Books & Special Collections
Dates[June] 1947; ©1947
Statement of ResponsibilityAnne Frank ; met een woord vooraf door Annie Romein-Verschoor.
Creators & ContributorsFrank, Anne (author)
Romein-Verschoor, Annie (contributor)
Frank, Anne (subject)
SummaryDiscovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classica powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.
Physical Description ix, 253 pages ; 19 cm in box 21 x 13 x 4 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherAmsterdam : Uitgeverij Contact
Edition[First edition]
  • Missing original dust jacket
  • Book is accompanied by a case made by John Smart of the Old English Bindery, North Vancouver
  • The text "Die Vergeltung" (meaning: retribution or payback) appears on the inside of the spine. Pages from other books were often used to pad spines at the time Het Acterhuis was first published as paper was a scarce resource. Die Vergeltung was published in Bayreuth, Germany, in 1941 and reprinted in 1944.
  • For more information about this copy of Het Achterhuis, see Shula Klinger's articles "Retribution and Restoration" (Jewish Independent, November 10, 2017) and "First Edition Frank Diary" (Jewish Independent, June 7, 2019).
RecognitionGifted in 2018 by Robert Krell
Location in CollectionRare Books & Special Collections