Anne Frank Charity Battles ... Anne Frank Charity

Group compares rivals to Nazis
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 10, 2013 9:43 AM CDT
Anne Frank Charity Battles ... Anne Frank Charity
In this June 25, 2007 file photo, Anne Frank's cousin Bernhard "Buddy" Elias poses for a portrait in front of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

(Newser) – Two organizations bearing Anne Frank's name are in a bitter dispute over the possession of the Frank family archive, in an echo of a court battle they fought in the 1990s over which one had the right to trademark the Holocaust victim's name. The conflict between the Basel, Switzerland-based Anne Frank Fund and the Amsterdam, Netherlands-based Anne Frank Foundation is in part a struggle to control the late Jewish teen's legacy. But, with one side even comparing the other to Nazi Germany, it also threatens to damage both institutions' reputations.

"It's really sad this is happening," a Foundation spokeswoman said. The archive, which contains 25,000 family letters, documents, and photos from several generations, has been in the care of the Foundation in Amsterdam since 2007, on a loan from the Fund that it expected would become permanent. The Fund, headed by Anne Frank's closest living relative, her cousin Buddy Elias, now wants the material to go to a new permanent Frank Family Center devoted to the wider Frank clan and other relatives, not just Anne. It will be located at the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, where Anne Frank was born in 1929. Click for more on the dispute. (Read more Anne Frank stories.)

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