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Angry Minnesota Mother Calls for Removal of "Pornographic" Anne Frank Diary

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Angry Minnesota Mother Calls for Removal of "Pornographic" Anne Frank Diary


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By Oliver Jenkins, Fri, April 26, 2013

An enraged Minnesota mother is calling Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl - a literary work considered by many scholars to be one of the best books of the 20th century - too inappropriate and "pornographic" for middle school students.

Gail Horalek, of Northville, MI, has filed a formal complaint against her daughter's school district alleging several passages of the reading are too graphic for seventh graders.

"The problem is the school is giving the seventh graders inappropriate material and not explaining it to the parents," Horalek told the Northville Patch.

"If they watch any kind of movie with a swear word in it, I have to sign a permission slip," she said in reference to the school's policy, which includes sending permission slips home to parents if children are scheduled to read books or view movies that may contain inappropriate material.

The unedited version of the diary, which was first published in 1996, includes several passages during which Frank writes about the discovery of her genitalia in some detail - an area Horalek described as "pornographic" in nature.

She said she only became aware of the book's sexual passages after her daughter confessed the reading made her uncomfortable. According to Horlaek, many other parents were also unaware of the passages.

Although Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl has often been a mandatory source of reading for students across the country - and world - the Minnesota mother is now calling for the books removal from her daughter's middle school.

"It doesn't mean my child is sheltered, it doesn't mean I live in a bubble and it doesn't mean I'm trying to ban books," she said. "She just thinks that such graphic details aren't necessary to grasp the devastation of the holocaust."

This isn't the first time Anne Frank's diary has raised controversy. In 2010, Culpeper County public school in Virginia stopped assigning the uncensored version of the tome due to extra passages that detail Frank's own emerging sexual desires and "unflattering descriptions of her mother and other people living together."

Sources: The Inquisitr, The Northville Patch, The Washington Post

by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 1:43 AM

I read the book in middle school - it must have been edited/censored because I have no idea of what she is referring to.

On a unrelated note - In 8th grade, I had a teacher that was shocked when she realized none of us in class had ever read it. She was Jewish and felt it was vital that everyone read it. She assigned it for us to read - in Science class. Not a big deal. BUT, She admitted to us that while her heritage was Jewish, she was an Atheist - However, she took EVERY jewish religious holiday off from school (paid) and bragged about how she got Christian and Jewish holidays off with pay. I dont know, at a young age, it bothered me.

The book is an important read no matter what!

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air... - Emerson  

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