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Incredibly rare footage is only existing film image of Anne Frank

Incredibly rare footage is only existing film image of Anne Frank

The only film footage of the teenage diarist has been colourised and shared online

Young diarist Anne Frank was only ever captured on film once and the footage is incredible.

Watch below:

Frank’s life was cut short after she and her family were captured by Nazis. She died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Nazi Germany when she was 15 years old in 1945.

In 1940, the Nazis invaded The Netherlands and began persecuting all the Jews in the country. The Franks and four other Jews hid in the annex of the building at Prinsengracht 263 - which was only accessible by a secret staircase concealed behind a bookcase - from July 1942.

The family’s whereabouts was discovered in August 1944, when they were deported from The Netherlands to concentration camps.

The incredible footage was filmed on 22 July, 1941, around a year before the family were forced into hiding after Frank’s elder sister, Margot Frank, was sent a deportation order from the Gestapo - the official secret police of Nazi Germany and in German-occupied Europe.

Anne Frank, who was around 12 at the time, can be seen looking out of her window.
Anne Frank House

Frank’s sister Margot also died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Frank was around 12 years old in the video and she can be seen leaning out of the window of her house in Amsterdam. The woman who lived next door to the Franks at the time was getting married and Frank wanted to get a get a good look at the bride and groom.

The video lasts just over 20 seconds and has been colourised, giving a profound look at Frank and Amsterdam. It is the only time she has been filmed.

At the time of the wedding, the bride lived on the second floor at Merwedeplein 39, the independent non-profit organisation Anne Frank House said. The Frank family also lived on the second floor at number 37.

According to Anne Frank House - which was established on 3 May 1957 in cooperation with Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father, who survived the war - the couple cooperated with the clip’s release.

Anne Frank wrote about her daily life while in hiding.
IanDagnall Computing / Alamy Stock Photo

After being forced into hiding to avoid Nazi persecution, Frank documented her daily life.

Frank’s mother, Edith Frank, was transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp where she died in January 1945.

The diary Frank wrote while in hiding was published after the war and became a symbol of hope and resilience that has been translated into dozens of languages and read by millions across the globe.

Although it is speculated that the person who disclosed the hiding place of the Frank family was a prominent Jewish notary called Arnold van den Bergh, it has been suggested that this may not be the case.

The identity of the person who gave away the location of their hiding place has always remained a mystery, despite previous investigations.

Featured Image Credit: GRANGER - Historical Picture Archive / Alamy / Twitter / @historyinmemes

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