Huygens ING and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam) are collaborating on the scholarly editing of and new historical research into the manuscripts of Anne Frank. This research focuses on Anne Frank’s development as a writer and on the events that she described. The best-known example of Anne’s writing is her red-checked diary. She quickly filled this first diary after going into hiding in the Secret Annex, at which point she continued in other notebooks. Two of these notebooks have been preserved. Besides the notebooks, there are 215 loose sheets on which Anne copied out her diaries in 1944 for publication after the war. In addition, Anne wrote a number of short stories and copied quotations from books that she read while in hiding. This storybook and the collection of sentences that Anne liked are also included in the sources researched in this new study.
Huygens ING’s innovative methods and scholarly editing expertise ensure the optimum study of Anne Frank’s manuscripts. Research into the historical background of these writings will be performed by the Anne Frank House. The texts will be subjected to an integral review and comparison, including sections that have been crossed out, improvements, stains, etc. In addition to this textual analysis, the researchers will also study the manuscripts’ historical aspects, interconnections and backgrounds.