In an effort to reach out to prisoners and educate people on both sides of the “wall,” The Anne Frank Center USA, in partnership with PEN American Center, has launched a Prison Diary Program for men and women in American prisons using the Diary of Anne Frank as an inspirational tool. Anne Frank herself was “imprisoned” for two years while in hiding and then was literally imprisoned in concentration camps during the last seven months of her life simply because she was Jewish.

The Anne Frank Center’s diary writing program provides writers involved with PEN’s Prison Writing Program a blank journal, and a pamphlet on diary writing, and a copy of A Diary of a Young Girl. Participants agree to keep their own diaries, writing about their lives and thoughts. When they finish filling their diary, they return the journals to The Anne Frank Center for possible publication on the internet and in print.


Support the Prison Diary Project by making a donation. Your $75 donation sends 7 diaries to inmates throughout the country.