Liebe Kitty will only be published in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on 11 May 2019, exactly 75 years since Anne wrote in her diary:
May 10, 2019 — This is the first time that this work by Anne will be published in a new translation and in a stand-alone edition intended for a wide audience. The book will only be published in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
‘In any case, after the war I’d like to publish a book called The Secret Annex. It remains to be seen whether I’ll succeed, but my diary can serve as the basis.’
Anne wanted to publish a ‘novel’ after the war about the time she spent in hiding. With the publication of Liebe Kitty we show what Anne had in mind. This is the first time that this work by Anne will be published in a new translation and in a stand-alone edition intended for a wide audience.
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.
The Anne Frank House aims to share as many aspects of the life story of Anne Frank as possible with the public. The fact that Anne wanted to publish a ‘novel’ after the war about her time in the Secret Annex based on her diary is not widely known. With the publication of this book, 90 years after her birth, we show what Anne had in mind and fulfil her wish.