The Anne Frank Fonds was established in Basel in 1963 by Anne Frank's father Otto Frank as a charitable foundation and designated as his universal heir.

The foundation holds the author's rights for the works, letters and photos of Anne Frank and the members of her family and protects their personal rights.

 Income from the sale of books and licences is used for a wide range of charitable and educational projects. Information (in German) about cooperation with UNICEF can be found here.






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Other than the sale of Anne Frank's Diary and other literary works by his daughter, where the proceeds were destined for charitable purposes, Otto Frank was totally opposed to commercial profiteering from his daughter(s) memory. The AFF, as universal heir, tries wherever possible to enforce and uphold Otto Frank's wish in this respect. Where copyright issues are involved the AFF will enforce these.


The public discussion about the applicable duration of copyright for Anne Frank's diaries has resulted in widespread confusion and, in particular, several erroneous reports in the press, in blogs and on other platforms.
To clarify the situation, the Anne Frank Fonds would like to put on record that the different versions of the diary of Anne Frank will remain protected for many years after 2015. This means that they cannot be used without the Anne Frank Fonds’ permission. 


On 23 December 2015, a civil court in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, confirmed explicitly that the copying or publishing Anne Frank’s original manuscripts after 2015 constitutes an infringement of copyrights that belong to the Swiss Anne Frank Fonds. The court made clear that permission of the copyright owner remains necessary in order to publish the original writings of Anne Frank.

Anne Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Under general copyright law, the rights to her works would expire on 1 January 2016, 70 years after her death. However, as the Anne Frank Fonds has explained before, exceptions to this law apply to Anne Frank’s diary (see

Under Dutch copyright law, a work first published posthumously before 1995 remains protected for 50 years after the initial publication. The court confirmed that Anne Frank’s manuscripts were first published in 1986 in a scholarly critical edition, and that the manuscripts will therefore remain protected until 1 January 2037. Similar rules apply in many other countries, including France and Commonwealth countries. In the US, the diaries will also remain protected for several decades.

The Anne Frank Fonds says: “The court’s decision confirms that the Anne Frank Fonds is effectively the custodian of the work and memory of Anne and the family Frank. The Foundation aims to safeguard, together with its partners, that the diary is published authentically all over the world. As instructed by its founder, Otto Frank, the Fonds will keep supporting scholarly work, education and charity. This is another ruling that directly sustains and honours the legacy of the family Frank, and respects the wish of Otto Frank for the Anne Frank Fonds to decide on any publication of the diary.”