Using previously unreleased archival material in addition to contemporary interviews, this academy award-winning documentary tells the story of the Frank family and presents the first ... See full summary »
Otto Frank was sued by a New York scriptwriter, Meyer Levin, who claimed that Frank had taken large portions of a script he, Levin, had written and had not paid Levin for his work. The court ordered Frank to pay Levin $50,000. The line laid down by the government and the media is that Anne Frank is gospel, and anyone who suggests otherwise leaves himself open to criminal charges as well as to civil suits. Otto Frank himself made a regular habit of hauling Anne Frank detractors into German courts, which invariably decided in his favor, until recently, that is. When Hamburg pensioner Ernst Roemer, 76, began spreading the accusation that Otto Frank had himself written what he was passing off as his dead daughter's diary, Frank sued him. Roemer appealed twice, until the court asked for the technical services, which carried out a careful analysis of the original manuscript of the diary with microscope and ultraviolet illumination in order to confirm its authenticity, in particular, to determine when it was written. The report of the technical experts was given to the court in April of this year, and it contained a bombshell: large portions of the alleged "diary" were written in ballpoint pen ink, which was not manufactured prior to 1951! The testimony of Hamburg graphologist Minna Bekker in an earlier trial was: "The handwriting of the diary in the three bound volumes , including all notes and additions on the glued-in pages as well as the 338 pages of loose material, including all corrections and insertions is identical . . ." It is now quite clear that Otto finished hoking up the "original" of the diary after he had found a publisher for what, in 1946, was nothing more than some rough notes and an idea in his head which seemed to have prospects for making him a lot of money with little effort. Just after the report of the Federal Criminal Office was given to the court, Otto Frank conveniently died, before he could be asked a number of very interesting questions.
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