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Diary of Anne Frank turned into comic-strip book

From BBC - October 10, 2017

"We do have similar personalities. I am a bookworm, I love books."

India is 14 years old. She's wrapped up in a maroon Harry Potter hoodie.

Like so many readers around the world, Anne Frank has helped her to understand an otherwise unimaginable and distant chapter of history.

India is one of a group of pupils congregated outside a canal-side warehouse in Amsterdam, where Anne's father once sold the gelling agent pectin. They have come to learn more about the life of the young wartime diarist.

Anne Frank was 15 when she died. She was an aspiring author, and one of more than a million Jewish children killed in the Holocaust.

Today her diary - which she nicknamed Kitty - is one of the most-read books in the world. Her teenage prose has spawned Hollywood screenplays, Broadway shows and countless other (re)productions.

Now it has been adapted into comic-strip format, in a book produced by the creators of the Oscar-nominated animation Waltz with Bashir, and there is a film coming soon too.

Accompanied by excerpts from her diaries and letters, the "graphic diary" depicts the story of how Anne Frank and her family went into hiding after her sister Margot received a summons to report to a Nazi work camp.

They survived for almost two years, tiptoeing around in the dark, damp confines of the "achterhuis" (secret annex) before being discovered.

Nazis emptied Anne's schoolbag to carry cash and jewellery looted from Jewish homes - her distinctive red-checked diary was recovered from the floor of the hideout.

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Ari Folman, author and director of the new graphic adaptation, says he wants to ensure Anne's legacy remains relevant.

"The Graphic Diary is the perfect solution for the next generation," he says.

"To reach the readers of the diary you also have to find their language - more people will get to know the story. Period."

In fact, readership of the original is increasing every year.

Anne Frank has come to symbolise courage, optimism and determination.

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