2 October 2017

Recently the Basel-based Anne Frank Fonds proudly presented the Graphic Diary of Anne Frank. The impression is created as if this is the first ever comic book version of Anne Frank’s narrative. Senior researcher at the NIOD Kees Ribbens shows that there were various predecessors.

Cover of the Graphic Diary of Anne Frank (2017). Source: Anne Frank Fonds / A. Folman & D. Polonsky

At a recent press conference in Paris the Basel-based Anne Frank Fonds proudly presented the Graphic Diary of Anne Frank, to be released in more than fourty countries worldwide. This new book is created by illustrator and art director David Polonsky and film director and screenwriter Ari Folman – assisted by historians and other experts – and can be described as a colorful comic book adaptation of Anne Frank’s world-famous diary that she wrote between June 1942 and August 1944. The aim of this illustrated narrative is to visualize Anne Frank’s historical Holocaust document in an appealing way, making the fate of the inhabitants of the Secret Annex in Amsterdam during their period in hiding tangible, in particular to a new audience of young readers.

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