Aug. 3, 2022
The Anne Frank House will launch the English-language version of the video series Anne Frank - After the Arrest worldwide on its YouTube channel on Thursday, August 4 at 21:00 CET / 15:00 EDT / 12:00 PDT. In three episodes, Anne Frank, played by Luna Cruz Perez, shares her life, thoughts and feelings about the time after the period she spent in hiding.
On that day it will be exactly 78 years ago that Anne Frank, the seven other people in hiding with her in the Secret Annex and two of their non-Jewish helpers were arrested.
Anne Frank - After the Arrest is the sequel to the Anne Frank video diary, which was launched in May 2020. In the video diary Anne films herself and the events in the Secret Annex, and shares her deepest thoughts and feelings. The first part of the video diary ends on 4 August 1944, the day of the arrest. The second part, Anne Frank - After the Arrest, which was launched in August 2021, follows Anne’s life story after the period in hiding. From an indeterminate time and place, Anne looks back on the events after the arrest – the last six months of her life in the concentration camps – telling of them in monologues.
With financial support from the David Berg Foundation, the original Dutch-language episodes of Anne Frank - After the Arrest have been dubbed into English, making the series more accessible and easier to follow for young people outside the Netherlands. The three English-language episodes, each about 15 minutes long, will be published on our YouTube channel on Thursday, 4 August at 21:00 CET / 15:00 EDT / 12:00 PDT (accompanied by a live chat session). On this day it will be exactly 78 years ago that Anne Frank, the seven other people in hiding with her in the Secret Annex and two of their non-Jewish helpers were arrested.
Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, says: “Just as in the first part of the video diary, the young Luna Cruz Perez gives a compelling performance as Anne Frank in the sequel. It makes a deep impression to look through Anne’s eyes at the last months of her life; the terrible time in the camps. With this sequel we’ve answered the questions of many young people about what happened to Anne after her arrest; the period she couldn’t describe in her diary. We hope to reach even more young people worldwide with the English-language version of Anne Frank – After the Arrest.”
In search of a new way of telling Anne Frank’s life story to young people, in partnership with the Anne Frank House, Every Media developed the Anne Frank video diary: an online video series on YouTube based on the diary of Anne Frank. Every Media produced the sequel, After the Arrest, in partnership with the Anne Frank House and the Dutch public-service broadcaster NTR. The book Na het Achterhuis (‘After the Secret Annex’) by Bas von Benda-Beckmann and other relevant sources such as eyewitness testimonies formed the basis of the episodes about the time after the arrest.
To be seen worldwide
Unlike the Anne Frank video diary, Anne Frank - After the Arrest can be seen worldwide. Because of copyright laws, the first video series couldn’t be shown in a number of countries, including the USA, Spain and Mexico. The second video series focuses on events after the period in hiding, and can be shown around the world. It begins with a look back at Anne's life before the arrest, and can be followed separately from the first series.