Anne Frank Museum Must Give Up Family Archive, Dutch Court Rules

A Dutch court on Wednesday ordered one Anne Frank charity to give the Frank family archive back to another charity in Switzerland, following an uncomfortable public dispute over the Jewish teenager’s legacy.

The Amsterdam District Court ruled the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam must give the archive back to the Anne Frank Fund in Basel, Switzerland, by Jan. 1.

The archive contains 25,000 letters, documents and photos from several generations. The Fund loaned the archive to the Foundation in 2007, but demanded it back in 2010 with plans to create a new Frank family museum in Frankfurt.

The two organizations have a history of strained relations, as the Fund has accused the Foundation of commercializing the memory of the Holocaust victim.


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