Anne Frank channel launched on YouTube

1st October 2009, Comments 0 comments

The channel features existing and new images, including the only known video footage of the Jewish teenager who died in World War II.

The Hague -- A channel was launched on YouTube on Wednesday for Jewish teenager Anne Frank who died in a World War II Nazi concentration camp, the video sharing site and the Anne Frank House announced.

The site contains existing and new images, including the only known video footage of Anne: a seconds-long shot of her leaning out of an upstairs window during the wedding of a neighbour in July 1941.

It also includes an interview with her father, Otto Frank, a preview of the new virtual museum of the Anne Frank House, and a series of interviews with people who knew the girl, said a media statement.

"With the Anne Frank Channel on YouTube, people around the world will be able to explore the life and significance of Anne Frank through unique images," said a media statement.

"We hope this YouTube channel will help broaden the reach of the Anne Frank House, its educational power and its message of tolerance."

The site contains a clip of South African anti-apartheid activist and Nobel peace prize laureate, former president Nelson Mandela, talking about the strength he had derived from Anne's diary during his own imprisonment.

Anne, her father Otto, mother Edith, sister Margot and four other Jews hid from Nazi occupiers for nearly two years in an empty section of the Franks' Amsterdam home.

The teenager chronicled the details of her life until the group was betrayed and arrested in August 1944. Anne died in 1945 in the Bergen-Belsen camp in northern Germany.

The first printed edition of Anne Frank's Diary came out in Dutch in 1947.

The best-seller has since been translated into more than 70 languages.

The statement said a virtual, online museum will be launched on April 28 next year as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Anne Frank House museum.

AFP / Expatica

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