Anne Frank's Diary Banned From Virginia School For Sexual Content
The unedited version of the Diary of Anne Frank, one of the most enduring testaments to Nazi atrocities during WW2, has been banned from a school in Culpeper County, Virginia for the sexually explicit passages contained in the book. Originally, the Diary of Anne Frank was entirely banned from the school's program, but that decision has been overturned, and the school will now use the earlier edited version instead.
The original version of Anne Frank's Diary was handed to Anne's surviving father Otto Frank by Miep Gies and contained passages exploring Anne's growing sexuality and criticism toward her parents. Frank's father removed those packages from the version before publishing, and the edited version became what the world grew to know as the famous Diary of Anne Frank. Later, another version called The Diary of a Young Girl: the Definitive Edition was published and adopted for use in some schools.
However, parents in Culpeper County found the sexually suggestive content disturbing and asked the school to remove the book from the curriculum. Now, the original edited version of the memoir will be used instead.
"The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition," a vivid memoir of Anne Frank's private thoughts during the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II, will no longer be assigned to CCPS students, according to Jim Allen, director of instruction for the school system.
"What we have asked is that this particular edition will not be taught," Allen said from his office Wednesday morning. "I don't want to make a big deal out of this. So we listened to the parent and we pulled it."