German Copyright Fight Over Anne Frank’s Diary


Two books, diametrically opposed and written by two of the most famous figures of World War II, are both currently at the center of international legal battles – Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf and Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl. One book is a diatribe from the most heinous murderer of all.

The other collects the thoughts of the innocent victim who stubbornly continued to believe in humanity’s goodness and has since turned into one of the symbols of the Holocaust.

On January 1, 2016, 70 years after their authors’ deaths, the works are supposed to enter the public domain in accordance with European copyright law.