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German Anne Frank Miniseries To Air Next Year

One of several projects commemorating the 70th anniversary of Frank’s death

Stephanie Butnick
January 14, 2014
Anne Frank.(Courtesy)

Next year is the 70th anniversary of Anne Frank’s death at 16 in the Bergen Belsen concentration camp, and there will likely be a number of major events and projects to commemorate the life of Frank, whose diary, written while her family was in hiding in Amsterdam, has come to symbolize young people’s literary introduction to the Holocaust.

One of the projects is a two-part miniseries from the German production company Constantin Film and public broadcaster ZDF, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The series will trace the lives of Frank, her family and friends starting three years before they were forced into hiding by the Nazis. The focus in part will be the transformation of the young Frank from an extroverted young girl before her time in hiding to the increasingly introverted and reflective teenager seen in her diaries.

Another film project in the works is from Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman, who is creating an animated feature for younger audiences based on Frank’s life.

Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.

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