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Anne Frank Unmasked?

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Last month, a Japanese author published a book which claims the famous diary of Anne Frank is a fake. Many people have made that claim over the years, including in writing. They are not all anti-Semites, but they are all wrong.

Ikuo Suzuki’s book has a commentary by Karl Haemers. Who is Ikuo Suzuki? There is at least one Japanese academic of that name; he is a scientist based at the University of Tokyo, but this sort of critique isn’t his field.

Surprisingly, the book has turned up on Amazon where it has been reviewed favourably. As with much similar criticism, the author points out inconsistencies in the text, but these do not refute its authorship. Having edited the memoirs of a very old woman, I can vouch for that. People make mistakes, there can be errors in translation and so on.

Before tackling the question of errors in the book, let us consider one author who has told provable lies about Anne Frank. Gena Turgel, who died in 2018, published her ghost-written autobiography in 1987. During the Second World War she was interned by the Nazis, including in the notorious Belsen concentration camp. In her book, Mrs Turgel claims to have been in the same barrack as Anne Frank, which may be true, but how would she know? She writes:

“She was already at Belsen when I arrived and lay a few bunks away from me, dying from typhus. I can remember so clearly my mother telling me about this Dutch girl in the barrack who had apparently written a diary. Other people were talking about it, too, and whispering and shushing because they knew she was dying. She had had to leave the diary behind in Holland.”

Is this claim even remotely credible? In later life, Mrs Turgel embellished this story further and claimed to have actually nursed Anne Frank. Her maiden name was Goldfinger; she married a soldier in the camp, a British Jew named Norman Turgel. Her book claims she was known as the Bride of Belsen. In fact, she was only one of many such brides and appears to have invented that title herself. Having said that, while many of the liaisons between female prisoners and their liberators were sordid, theirs was not, and lasted a lifetime.

In spite of her proven lies, no one had the courage to expose Mrs Turgel, probably because as a female concentration camp survivor she was way ahead in the oppression olympics.

That aside, what is the truth about Anne Frank’s famous diary? Like the Hunter Biden laptop from Hell, it is a story both stranger than fiction and irrefutably documented.

The Frank family were hiding out in an Amsterdam house because Anne’s elder sister had ignored a conscription notice for a labour camp. They remained there for two years before they were discovered or betrayed. The diary was found by Righteous Gentile Miep Gies who gave it to Anne’s father.

Suspicion was cast on the authenticity of the diary for many reasons, not the least because as stated the story is rather far fetched. Anne was incredibly precocious, but highly intelligent or even genius 13 year olds are by no means unknown. Mozart composed his first symphony when he was 9. If you want to see what a modern child prodigy looks like, check out this 9 year old. Compared with those two, Anne’s literary talents were nothing special. 

The official Anne Frank Museum website has a lengthy page devoted to attacks on the authenticity of the diary which explains in detail how and why skepticism arose – Otto Frank’s dispute with Meyer Levin; the ballpoint pen claim; variations due to translation… It isn’t necessary to read bad intentions into everyone who doesn’t believe this extraordinary tale. For example, the late Robert Faurisson was no anti-Semite, he was simply wrong. 

Rather than critique the style of the book and the claims made by its guardians, the skeptic should first and foremost consult the critical edition which was published by the Netherlands State Institute for War Documentation in 1989. A copy of this was uploaded to the Internet Archive last year. It is one thing to argue with memory or motives, it is quite another to argue with forensics.

If there is one lesson to be learned from this story it is that anything with a political or racial angle should be investigated thoroughly, impartially, and with an open mind. Any particular story may be entirely true, entirely false, or embellished, either with malice aforethought, by accident, or by idiots. It remains to be seen if Ikuo Suzuki and his publisher are motivated by malice, but they have clearly not done their due diligence, which in the cyberage is unforgivable.

An amusing postscript to this affair is Anne Frank of Sarajevo. Zlata Filipovic was so styled after she wrote a diary of her life under siege during the Bosnian War. She was about the same age as Anne, and not as unfortunate in that she survived. While Anne’s diary has been attacked as a fake, Zlata’s has been denounced as exploitative. 

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penrose
penrose
September 27, 2022

Yes, it is time to move the Big H from History to Modern Jewish Mythology.

Eric Zuesse
Reply to  penrose
September 27, 2022

That there was a “Holocaust” is one of the most firmly documented of all historical facts. Calling it “Jewish mythology” combines incredible stupidity with bigotry.

penrose
penrose
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
September 27, 2022

On the contrary, I’m just giving the Story Tellers an off ramp so they can walk back their Stories as gracefully as possible. I prefer honest people like Norman Finkelstein and David Cole to imaginary historians who, as usual, push Their Agenda above the Truth. Time for some Creative Historical Revisionism, Eric. Come on, you can do it, baby!

I still like Finkelstein’s mother’s observation: “There are three sides to every story. Your side, my side, and the truth.” You go, girl!! 🙂

penrose
penrose
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
September 27, 2022

Now you haven’t commented on the article itself. Please do, your perspicacious analysis would be much appreciated.

Crass
Crass
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
September 27, 2022

That there was a “Holocaust” is one of the most firmly documented of all historical facts. The Holocaust™ is a myth that has been scientifically disproved by the work of Fred Leuchter and his publication of ‘the Leuchter report’.  Germar Rudolf (A Chemist at the Max Planck Institute) who originally believed in the Holocaust Myth, was sent by the German government to rubbish the findings of ‘the Leuchter report’. He came to the exact same conclusion as Fred Leuchter, after testing the bricks in the so called Gas Chambers at Auschwitz, for traces of Hydrogen cyanide. There was no traces… Read more »

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penrose
penrose
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
September 28, 2022

Arthur R. Butz is an associate professor of electrical engineering at Northwestern University and a Holocaust denier, best known as the author of The Hoax of the Twentieth Century

I suppose he is incredibly stupid too. My my, Eric, was that fair of God to give you all of the brains and none to others? 🙂

charles smith
charles smith
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
September 28, 2022

Anne wrote the body of her diary with a fountain pen—that is, a pen that uses wet ink. The only traces of ballpoint pen ink are confined to two loose scraps of paper put with the diary materials later (probably by Otto Frank). They are clearly in a different handwriting than Anne’s. When Otto Frank organized the books and papers after the war, he also probably numbered the pages partly in ballpoint pen and partly in colored pencil.[2]  No single entry from Anne Frank’s diary is written in ballpoint pen.

penrose
penrose
Reply to  penrose
September 27, 2022

And you should not get so excited over a simple suggestion. It pushes up your blood pressure and reminds me of that Shakespeare Quote: “Methinks you doth protest too much.”

Crass
Crass
September 27, 2022

Firstly, Anne Frank’s family was involved in ‘Black marketeering’ and they were not the ‘innocent Jewish family’ hiding out from The Gestapo, that they are portrayed as. They supplied the Amsterdam Black Market with embezzled goods, counterfeit ration stamps and books and so forth. The fate of Anne Frank was typical of many Jews who died in German Labour camps during the WW2. Anne Frank and her father Otto Frank, were deported from Amsterdam to Auschwitz in September 1944. Otto Frank contracted Typhus at Auschwitz and was sent to the camp hospital to recover (Mysteriously he was not sent to… Read more »

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charles smith
charles smith
Reply to  TheDarkMan
September 28, 2022

Some time ago I looked up one of crass’s assertions regarding einstein and found that wikipedia warned the reader, twice, that that reference was probably b.s/.. again and again I have found his assertions to be blatent lies. notice how he blames every shortcoming in human society on jews. he is consumed by hatred and you should pity him as he lives in a mental environment of hatred, tortured by his own insanity.

Crass
Crass
Reply to  charles smith
September 28, 2022

“…and found that wikipedia warned the reader, twice, that that reference was probably b.s/..” Seriously, Wikipedia is simply a Western intelligence services edited Encyclopedia. Wikipedia is a Disinformation operation, that even the average person is beginning to take with a grain of salt.  ‘Some time ago I looked up one of crass’s assertions regarding einstein and found that wikipedia warned the reader, twice, that that reference was probably b.s/.. again and again I have found his assertions to be blatent lies.’ This is the post you are referring to-  https://theduran.com/day-of-disaster-for-ukraine-in-donbass-uks-leading-military-think-tank-confirms-us-unable-to-re-arm-ukraine/ Jews are infamous for plagiarism, and the greatest plagiarist of… Read more »

Crass
Crass
Reply to  charles smith
September 28, 2022

“…and found that wikipedia warned the reader, twice, that that reference was probably b.s/..” Seriously, Wikipedia is simply a Western intelligence services edited Encyclopedia. Wikipedia is a Disinformation operation, that even the average person is beginning to take with a grain of salt.  ‘Some time ago I looked up one of crass’s assertions regarding einstein and found that wikipedia warned the reader, twice, that that reference was probably b.s/.. again and again I have found his assertions to be blatent lies.’ This is the post you are referring to- “Jews are infamous for plagiarism, and the greatest plagiarist of the… Read more »

penrose
penrose
Reply to  Crass
September 27, 2022

Their 1945 dream was to turn Germany into a cow pasture. We see that in progress right now.

charles smith
charles smith
Reply to  penrose
September 28, 2022

A wise Iroquois grandfather told his grandson ” in each of us there are two wolves. One is kind and generous and loving and lives in those things. The other is angry and hateful and bitter and lives in those things. These two wolves are in constant conflict” The grandson asked “which one wins?. “The one you feed” replied the old man
be careful lest you start using language like “despised Jews” “vile cun+s” and “untermensche” like your buddy crass does

Helga Fellay
Helga Fellay
September 28, 2022

I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I read some time ago that the pen used to write this diary was the kind of pen not yet invented at the time Anne supposedly wrote that diary. It wasn’t invented until years later.

penrose
penrose
Reply to  Helga Fellay
September 28, 2022

That’s just it. If you go to create a document that you wish to claim is years older, you best pay close attention to the tools and materials used at that time.

charles smith
charles smith
Reply to  penrose
September 28, 2022

“Anne wrote the body of her diary with a fountain pen—that is, a pen that uses wet ink. The only traces of ballpoint pen ink are confined to two loose scraps of paper put with the diary materials later (probably by Otto Frank). They are clearly in a different handwriting than Anne’s. When Otto Frank organized the books and papers after the war, he also probably numbered the pages partly in ballpoint pen and partly in colored pencil.[2]  No single entry from Anne Frank’s diary is written in ballpoint pen.” A wise Iroquois grandfather told his grandson ” in each of us… Read more »

charles smith
charles smith
Reply to  Helga Fellay
September 28, 2022

“Anne wrote the body of her diary with a fountain pen—that is, a pen that uses wet ink. The only traces of ballpoint pen ink are confined to two loose scraps of paper put with the diary materials later (probably by Otto Frank). They are clearly in a different handwriting than Anne’s. When Otto Frank organized the books and papers after the war, he also probably numbered the pages partly in ballpoint pen and partly in colored pencil.[2]  No single entry from Anne Frank’s diary is written in ballpoint pen.”

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