25 June

'This apparently inconsequential diary by a child, this "de profundis" stammered out in a child's voice, embodies all the hideousness of fascism, more so than all the evidence of Nuremberg put together.'

June 25, 2009 · 1 min read

These words of the Dutch historian, Dr Jan Romein, writing in the newspaper Het Parool in 1946, attracted the interest of Contact Publishing in Amsterdam. The company published The Annex: Diary Notes from 12 June 1942-1 August 1944 on this day in 1947. It was the first edition of Anne Frank’s diary, about the experiences of a young Jewish girl living in hiding from the Nazis, which went on to be translated into at least 50 languages and sell more than 50 million copies worldwide. Anne died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp after her family’s hiding place was discovered in 1944.


The Socialist Olympics of 1936

Radical workers’ sporting organisations and the 1936 People’s Olympiad illustrate the role of sport in fighting oppression, writes Uma Arruga i López.

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Lesley Chow argues for a new kind of music criticism that re-evaluates women musicians and "meaningless" music, writes Rhian E Jones

Lying through their legacy-speak

Olympic ‘legacy’ has greased the path for enormous, upward transfer of wealth to the global propertied classes, writes Jules Boykoff


SWexit: What are exit schemes for sex workers missing?

If earning money is a fundamental reason for entering the sex industry, it is also essential to leaving it, writes Marin Scarlett.

Failure to deliver

Major financial institutions have cited Deliveroo’s employment practices for its disastrous public share launch. Alice Martin and Tom Powdrill look at what went wrong and what it might mean for workers’ rights

Power on the picket line: remembering the Burnsall Strike

Almost 30 years on, Sarbjit Johal recalls supporting the strike, which consisted of mostly Punjabi women workers

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