Videos in English show the last 6 months in the life of Anne Frank | Healthy Aging


AMSTERDAM (AP) – The Anne Frank House Museum is releasing an English language version of three videos in which an actress playing the young Jewish diarist describes the last six months of her life, from her arrest to her death in one Nazi concentration camp.

The English version of “Anne Frank – After the Arrest” is due to be released on Thursday, exactly 78 years to the day since Anne, her parents, her sister and four other Jews hid with them in a back building of an Amsterdam house had been arrested . Two non-Jewish helpers were also arrested.

Frank’s family members hid in the outbuilding from July 1942 until their arrest in August 1944 and deportation to concentration camps. Only Anne’s father, Otto Frank, survived.

After the war, Otto had his late teenage daughter’s diary published, which has since been translated into more than 70 languages. The Secret Annex building was converted into a museum in 1960.

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The videos released on Thursday were previously available in Dutch. They pick up where the diary ends and show what happened to Anne and her family after her arrest. Eyewitness accounts provided some of the information.

The actress who plays Anne speaks to the camera between harrowing scenes of arrest, transport and the inhuman conditions and treatment of Jews in the camps – first Camp Westerbork in the Eastern Netherlands and later Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Anne, 15, and her older sister Margot died of typhus shortly before the liberation of Bergen-Belsen.

The creators of the video worked with the museum and Dutch public broadcaster NTR to develop the series.

“It makes a deep impression to see the last months of her life through Anne’s eyes; the horrible time in the camps,” Amsterdam museum executive director Ronald Leopold said in a statement on Wednesday.

“With this sequel, we have answered many young people’s questions about what happened to Anne after her arrest, the time that she was unable to describe in her diary,” he added. “We hope to reach even more young people around the world with the English language version of ‘Anne Frank – After the Arrest’.”

The three episodes, each approximately 15 minutes long, can be viewed on the museum’s YouTube channel from 9pm (1900 GMT) on Thursday.

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