Friday, 2 October 2009

The only existing film footage of Anne Frank

by Kathryn Hadley

On Wednesday (September 30th) the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam launched the official Anne Frank Channel on YouTube. The channel features the only existing film footage of Anne Frank made during her neighbour’s wedding in Amsterdam. It dates back to July 22nd, 1941, and shows Anne Frank leaning out of a window to watch the bride and groom.

Other videos include an interview with Miep Gies, who handed Anne’s father, Otto Frank, her diaries and was with him when he heard the news of his daughter’s death in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The channel also contains a video of Nelson Mandela describing the strength he derived from Anne Frank’s diary during his imprisonment on Robben Island.

The house, which was turned into a museum in 1960, was the hiding place of the Frank family between July 1942 and August 1944 and where Anne wrote her diary. The Anne Frank Foundation was established in 1957 to raise funds for the preservation of the house and its transformation into a museum. For further information, read our article Anne Frank, Forty Years On

Anne Frank House
Telephone: 00 31 20 5567100

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