The Diary of Anne Frank

Airing April 11, 2010 on PBS   Check local listings


For Jewish teenager Anne Frank (Ellie Kendrick), her diary is her one true friend and confidant. In it, she records the thoughts of a typical teen — only set against a backdrop of encroaching evil in Amsterdam during World War II. Stowed away behind a bookcase in a secret annex with her family and others to flee the Nazis, Anne experiences her time in hiding as an adventure. And, amidst closed quarters and random bomb blasts, Anne faces friction with family, a desire for independence and the first stirrings of young love. As Anne's identity solidifies, so does her resolve to be a writer — her diary a tangible and remarkable record of a young woman's first-hand observations of the Holocaust, and the innate goodness she still sees in people. Drawing on Anne Frank's own words in the most accurate-ever adaptation of the revered memoir, Masterpiece presents The Diary of Anne Frank on Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2010.

Video Q&A
Buddy Elias, Anne Frank's last living relative, offers an intimate look at Frank and her family.

Audio Slideshow
Star Ellie Kendrick reflects on portraying Anne Frank in this exclusive Masterpiece interview.



Get Involved!
Inspired by Anne Frank? Here's how you can make a difference.

Guest Blogger
Salvaged Pages author Alexandra Zapruder on self expression during the Holocaust and Anne Frank.



Anne Frank as Writer
Acclaimed author Francine Prose argues that Anne Frank was much more than an accidental author.

Anne Frank Teacher's Guide
Find strategies to support classroom viewing of the film and tips on encouraging students' own self expression.

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