Anne Frank was given a diary for her 13th birthday. Just before and during the period in hiding Anne recorded her diary entries on the time spent in hiding in this diary and when it was full, in notebooks. When in March 1944 Anne heard on Radio Oranje that diaries would be collected after the war, she decided to write a ‘novel’ about life in the Secret Annex based on her diaries. She dreamed that this work would be published.
Liebe Kitty is unfinished; it is an incomplete manuscript of a girl who wanted to become an author. What you see here is authorship in the making. Despite the fact that it is a manuscript, it is well worth publishing. It is a literary work and shows the creative and literary choices Anne has made. This brings the reader closer to the writer Anne Frank. The book has come about through a love for literature, and as an affirmation of Anne’s qualities as a writer.
This German-language release is the first publication of Frank’s work as a book. Due to different copyright regulations, the texts are largely public domain in Germany, but not yet in The Netherlands, where the story was conceived.