The English version of “Anne Frank — After the Arrest” features an actress playing the young Jewish diarist recounting the last six months of her life, according to The Associated Press.
Frank, her mother, father, sister and four others who were hiding in a secret annex of a home in Amsterdam were sent to Nazi concentration camps where everyone except Frank’s father, Otto, was killed or died.
After the war, Otto returned to Amsterdam, where he found his daughter’s diary and had it published. It has since been translated into more than 70 languages.
The videos being released Thursday were previously available in Dutch, the AP reported. They pick up where the diary ends, telling what happened to Anne and her family after their arrest. Eyewitness accounts provided some of the information, the AP reported.
The actress playing Anne speaks to the camera in between scenes of the arrest, transportation and the imprisonment of Jews in the camps. Anne Frank went to Camp Westerbork in the eastern Netherlands and later Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Anne, who was 15, and her older sister, Margot, both died of typhus shortly before Bergen-Belsen was liberated.
“It makes a deep impression to look through Anne’s eyes at the last months of her life; the terrible time in the camps,” the Amsterdam Anne Frank House museum’s executive director, Ronald Leopold, said in a statement Wednesday.
“With this sequel, we’ve answered the questions of many young people about what happened to Anne after her arrest, the period she couldn’t describe in her diary,” he added. “We hope to reach even more young people worldwide with the English-language version of ‘Anne Frank — After the Arrest.’”
In July 1942, the Frank family went into hiding in the annex to a home in Amsterdam. The Van Pels family followed a week later and months later, they were joined by an eighth person: Fritz Pfeffer, an acquaintance of the Frank family.
The three episodes, each about 15 minutes long, will be available to view on the museum’s YouTube channel from 9 p.m. ET on Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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