Nat Geo preps Anne Frank special

Produced by Creative Differences, Anne Frank's Holocaust recounts the life and death of the World War II-era diarist (pictured) through eyewitness interviews and newly restored photos and film.
May 27, 2015

U.S. cable net National Geographic Channel will recount the story of Anne Frank (pictured) in a two-hour special airing on June 21.

Anne Frank’s Holocaust tells the story of the World War II-era diarist who chronicled her experiences hiding from the Nazis in the Netherlands in the posthumously published book Diary of a Young Girl.

Produced by Creative Differences, the doc will look at Frank’s life through archival photos and interviews with childhood friends, and explore the Sobibor death camp through eyewitness testimony and newly restored pictures and film.

“Anne Frank’s diaries have sold in excess of 30 million copies since they were first published in 1947,” says historian and author Martin Morgan in the film. “They tell the story of her life, and her dreams. But the story of her death is important as well, because it reveals the full terrible dimensions of the Holocaust.”

More than a third of the 140,000 Jews living in Holland at the time of that country’s surrender were turned over to German authorities during the war. After her family’s arrest, Frank spent seven months in three different concentration camps but died shortly before the end of the war. Her father, Otto Frank, was the lone family member to survive and later published her diary.

Erik Nelson and Dave Harding are exec producing Anne Frank’s Holocaust for Creative Differences. Char Serwa is the exec producer for National Geographic Channel.

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