Anne Frank Remembered

Synopsis: Using previously unreleased archival material in addition to contemporary interviews, this academy award-winning documentary tells the story of the Frank family and presents the first fully-rounded portrait of their brash and free-spirited daughter Anne, perhaps the world's most famous victim of the Holocaust.
Director(s): Jon Blair
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations.
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She is perhaps Hitler's|best-known victim.

Her book has sold more|than 25 million copies...

...and has been translated|into at least 55 languages.

She's become a symbol of 10|million souls murdered by the Nazis...

...Jews and non-Jews...

...and, in particular, the one and|a half million innocent children.

She was just 15 when she died.

A miserable and lonely death|in a concentration camp in Germany.

Yet she is remembered|for her faith in humanity.

This is the story of the life|and legacy of Anne Frank.

In Amsterdam, some of the remnants|of a once-thriving Jewish community.

Every person in this congregation,|like Jews throughout Europe...

...has a story of their own...

...of persecution, murder,|fear or betrayal.

The rabbi spent the first|2 years of his life in hiding...

...sheltered by a Christian family.

But one girl reaches|beyond all those memories.

Hers is not just a Holocaust story,|for the voice of Anne Frank...

...stands as a warning to those|who discriminate on the basis...

...of color, culture or creed.

Her message is as fresh today|as it was 50 years ago.

The notorious Nazi propaganda film...

...The Eternal Jew.

Distorted images portraying|an Aryan nightmare...

...of the Jewish threat|to European civilization.

And this, the family Frank:

Prosperous, cultivated,|sophisticated...

...and integrated.

In fact, they were a German family.|German to the core.

The antithesis of ghetto Jews.

Anne's father, Otto,|was an officer in the German army... the first World War.

The family had lived in and around|Frankfurt for generations.

But Otto had traveled the world, even|working in Macy's store in New York...

...where a college friend,|Nathan Straus, was the owner's son.

In 1925, the 36-year-old Otto|married Edith Hollander...

...a 25-year-old Jewish girl|from Aachen, Germany...

...near the Dutch border.

They honeymooned in Italy.

Their first daughter, Margot,|followed 9 months later...

...and their second, Annelies,|better known as Anne, in June 1929.

It was a good life in Frankfurt|in those early years.

One could almost forget the long|shadow of National Socialism.

But beneath the idyllic surface...

...far removed from the children's world,|turmoil.


Their landlord turned out to be|a Nazi party member.

And in March 1931, they moved.

The bank owned by the family|also had serious problems...

...resulting in its complete|collapse in 1933...

...caused by Otto's brother|being the victim of a fraud...

...and the effects of the Depression,|particularly acute in Germany.

And, of course, the threat|of the gathering storm.

On the streets... the rallies...


...and finally in January 1933...

...the ballot box.


For it is often forgotten that Hitler|gained power in a democratic election.

For the Franks,|the German dream was over.

Some of the family|had moved to Switzerland.

Otto chose to try his luck in Holland...

...where he had|prior business connections.

In autumn 1933, the family settled|here in Merwedeplein...

...a modern housing development|in South Amsterdam.

They established a settled and full|existence amongst German refugees...

...and Dutch neighbors.

We moved into the same neighborhood|as the Frank family.

Many other refugees moved there.

And so there was a little bit|of a German-Jewish enclave... no means a ghetto,|but just a little enclave.

Quite often parents would speak|German in the street...

...which annoyed us|children terribly, of course.

Hanneli Goslar

My father was a deputy minister|in the interior.

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Jon Blair

Jon Blair, CBE is a South African-born writer, film producer and director of documentary films, drama and comedy who has lived in England and the United States ever since he was drafted into the South African army in the late 1960s. He is the only director of documentaries working in the United Kingdom who has won all three of the premier awards in his field: an Oscar, an Emmy (twice) and a British Academy Award. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours for services to film. more…

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