The Diary of a Young Girl challenged because it’s a ‘real downer’

“The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank was challenged in Wise County, Virgina (1982) due to “sexually offensive” passages. Four members of the Alabama State Textbook Committee (1983) called for the rejection of this book because it is a “read downer.” Anne Frank’s diary of the holocaust has been a target of frequent challenges. Overall, the rejection of the diary has been on the grounds that it was “a real downer.”
A real downer, seriously ?????
I read that book many times, had my students read it too… lots of discussions happened about that book but never have I ever heard someone qualified it of a ‘real downer’. I am appalled by the depth of some people’s stupidity.

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