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Anne Frank Museum Releases Videos Detailing Last Six Months Of Her Life

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The Anne Frank House in AmsterdamPhoto credit: Ivo Antonie de Rooij / Shuttersock.com

English speakers now have an opportunity to view three videos in which an actress playing Anne Frank, the young Jewish diarist, describes the last 6 months of her life. She speaks fervently about the period of time from her arrest to her death in Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp. Eyewitnesses provide some of the information on which the videos are based.

The Frank family hid in the secret annex of a house in Amsterdam from July of 1942 until they were arrested in August 1944 and deported to concentration camps. Only Anne’s father, Otto Frank, survived. After the war, Otto found Anne’s diary and had it published. The diary has been translated into more than 70 languages. The building housing the secret annex was turned into a museum in 1960.

The English version of “Anne Frank – After the Arrest,” was released on August 4, 78 years to the day since Anne, her parents, her sister, and four other Jews who hid with them in the secret annex were arrested. The three English-language episodes, each about 15 minutes long, are viewable on The Anne Frank House’s YouTube channel.

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Luna Cruz Perez as Anne Frank and Noël van Santen as Otto FrankPhoto credit: Copyright Anne Frank Stichting / Photography: Ray van der Bas

Luna Cruz Perez, As Anne Frank, Tells A Compelling Story

In a recent news release, Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, says: “Just as in the first part of the video diary, the young Luna Cruz Perez gives a compelling performance as Anne Frank in the sequel. It makes a deep impression to look through Anne’s eyes at the last months of her life; the terrible time in the camps. 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. We hope to reach even more young people worldwide with the English-language version of Anne Frank – After the Arrest.”

Perez speaks directly to the camera as she describes the arrest and transport to the camps, and the inhumane conditions Jews and other targeted people had to endure. The first stop was Camp Westerbork in the eastern Netherlands. Later came Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Anne, just 15 years old, and her older sister, Margot, both died of typhus just before the liberation of Bergen-Belsen in April 1945.

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Luna Cruz Perez as Anne FrankPhoto credit: Copyright Anne Frank Stichting / Photography: Ray van der Bas

The Anne Frank Video Diary For Dutch Speakers Came First

“Anne Frank – After the Arrest” is the sequel to the Anne Frank video diary, which was launched in May 2020 for Dutch speakers. In the video diary Anne films herself and the events in the secret annex and shares her innermost thoughts. The first part of the video diary ends on August 4, 1944, the day of the arrest. At this time, there are no plans to dub the first series in English. However, the series is subtitled in English and other languages.

YouTube Is A New Way To Educate And Inform People Around The World

The Anne Frank House’s mission includes educating the current generation so that they never forget the Holocaust. The story of Anne Frank has been key to achieving this goal and expanding the mission. Although young people read less and less, they do watch videos on YouTube. The series is integrated with The Anne Frank House’s educational work in a number of ways. One of these is through extra educational material on the Holocaust.

Want to learn more about Anne Frank and the Holocaust? In the United States alone, there are many places you can go to learn. The U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., is an excellent choice. There are also the Anne Frank Center at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect in New York City.

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