Yes, if I recall, there was concern about privacy, or maybe it was not
wanting to distract from the Diary as an artifact of the Holocaust. While
it's a recording of that, while they were hiding, it's also about
everything else that a young teenager girl might put in a diary. And some
of that other stuff was removed.
IN no way was the diary made up after the fact.
I don't know what to think about this latest point, but as I said
elsewhere, do people really want a neo-nazi version of the book? While
it's in copyright, they can control it, out of copyright, they probably
have little control.
The book is as free as it can get. Endless copies in the libraries,
endless copies cheap on the used markets, it can easily be read without a
bootleg copy or paying full price.
And of course, Miep Gies put out a book about the period, she being one
of those who hid Anne and her family. It can't say much about being
hidden away, but it gives a view that Anne couldn't see, since she was
hidden away. It was made into a tv movie, was it twenty years back?, with
Mary Steenburgen playing Miep Gies. Miep Gies lived to about a hundred,
she died just a few years ago, a long life a just reward for helping Anne
and her family.
In other Holocaust news, Thomas Blatt died at the end of October, though
the story only ran in yesterday's local paper. I'd never heard of him
until that movie "Escape from Sobibor" (which for some reason can be had
very cheap from various places), made for tv about the big concentration
camp break. Thomas Blatt didn't just escape (and live), he had something
to do with the actual escape. 300 got out, but most were either
recaptured or killed, only about 60 living through the end of the war.
He webified one of his books, "Sobibor - The Forgotten Revolt" and
it's online at http://sobibor.net
The obituary said he started a couple of successfl electronic stores in
California, I wonder what those were.