January 18, 2022

Video: Michigan Mom Files Complaint With School District Over Anne Frank Diary

Note: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl has been challenged/banned in the past. For example, in 2010 the book was challenged in Culpepper, VA schools due to sexual material and homosexual themes. Info via the ALA OIF ‘s “Books Challenged or Banned in 2010–2011”.

From The Jewish Daily Forward:

A mother in Northville, Michigan has filed a formal complaint with her daughter’s school district, claiming that passages in Anne Frank’s diary are too graphic for a seventh grade class.

Parent Gail Horalek told the Northville Patch that the school should have asked for the parents’ permission before assigning the book, or at least sent a written warning, as is done for other “sensitive material.”


Horalek said that she was initially excited that her daughter was reading the iconic firsthand account of life in hiding from the Nazis in World War II, until the Meads Middle School student told her that it made her “uncomfortable.”

Additional Coverage

(Video) Northville mother files complaint about passages in the unedited version of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ (via Fox 5 Detroit)
Includes response from school district.

Mother Wants ‘Pornographic’ Diary of Anne Frank Pulled from School (via Gawker)

Horalek has taken particular issue with a specific passage from the unedited “definitive edition” of Anne Frank’s Diary, in which the young Holocaust victim “talks about the discovery of her own genitalia.” 

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