Anne Frank

Anne Frank 'most inspiring woman'

By Jessica Elgot, March 9, 2010

Anne Frank has been voted “Most Inspiring Woman” in a survey to mark International Women’s Day.

Despite dying, aged just 15, at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, Anne’s diary inspired Daily Mirror readers to place her at the top of the poll, beating Princess Diana, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa and Marie Curie.

Anne garnered 12 per cent of the vote.

The Diary of Anne Frank, which she wrote in hiding in Amsterdam, has been translated into more than 70 languages.


Tributes for Miep Gies, Anne Frank's 'helper'

By Jessica Elgot, January 12, 2010

Tributes have been paid to Miep Gies, the helper of Anne Frank's family, who has died aged 100.

Israeli president Shimon Peres wrote a letter to Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to express his admiration for Ms Gies.

In the letter he wrote: "I bow my head in mourning and deep respect for Miep Gies.


Anne Frank's helper Miep Gies dies aged 100

By Jessica Elgot, January 12, 2010

Miep Gies, the last survivor of the group which hid Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, has died aged 100.

Mrs Gies was the first to discover 15-year-old Anne’s diary of her life in hiding for two years in Amsterdam. Anne died of typhus in concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, just two weeks before liberation.

Miep Gies kept the diary safe until after the war, when she returned it to Anne’s father Otto Frank.

She helped Otto publish the diary in 1947. It was eventually published in dozens of languages worldwide and sold, and continues to sell, millions of copies.


Radio 4 defends David Mitchell Anne Frank joke

By Robyn Rosen, November 13, 2009

The BBC Radio 4 commissioning editor responsible for comedy has defended the decision to air comedian David Mitchell’s controversial comments about Anne Frank.

In today’s Feedback programme, Caroline Raphael said she did not regret the decision to broadcast the comment made on quiz show, The Unbelievable Truth, earlier this month.

Mr Mitchell, who chairs the programme, said that Anne Frank’s last diary entry was: “It’s my birthday and dad bought me a drum kit.”


Lebanon school bans 'Zionist' Anne Frank

By Josie Ensor, Beirut, November 13, 2009

A Beirut school has removed a textbook containing excerpts of The Diary of Anne Frankfrom its syllabus after Hizbollah claimed it promotes Zionism.

“The book focuses on the persecution of Jews during the war, but even more dangerous is the theatrical and dramatic method employed to narrate the diaries in an emotional way,” MP Hussein Hajj Hassan said on Hizbollah’s TV station, Al-Manar. “These respected, established schools are teaching the so-called tragedy this girl lived — how long will Lebanon remain an open arena for this Zionism?”


Peep Show's David Mitchell in Anne Frank row

By Jessica Elgot, November 4, 2009

Peep Show star David Mitchell has drawn complaints to the BBC after a joke he made about Anne Frank.

Mr Mitchell told a joke on his new Radio 4 show, The Unbelievable Truth, where he said: “There is absolutely no truth in the rumour that the last line in Anne Frank’s diary reads: ‘Today is my birthday and my dad bought me a drum kit.’”

Almost 50 complaints were received by the BBC about the “insensitive” nature of the joke.


Asteroid named after Anne Frank rescuer

By Jessica Elgot, October 5, 2009

An asteroid has been named after the Dutch woman who hid Anne Frank’s family in Amsterdam and preserved her diary during the war.

The International Astronomical Union has named the asteroid Miep Gies, who is the last surviving member of the group who helped the Frank family and their friends hide in a secret apartment for two years.

Mrs Gies retrieved Anne Frank’s diary before the apartment was looted by the Nazis and saved it in her desk drawer for Anne's return.


David Mamet to make Anne Frank film

By Jessica Elgot, August 13, 2009

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Jewish writer David Mamet is to script a new film version of the diary of Anne Frank.

The film, produced by Walt Disney, will be closely based on the diary of 15-year-old Anne, who died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp after hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland for two years with her family.

Mr Mamet won the Pulitzer Prize for his play Glengarry Glen Ross, which was later turned into film starring Al Pacino.

More recently, Mr Mamet received Oscar nominations for his screenplays and The Verdict


Anne Frank's barracks destroyed by fire

By Jessica Elgot, July 20, 2009

Barracks at a Dutch work camp where Anne Frank was held before being taken to Auschwitz have been destroyed by a “suspicious” fire

The cause of the fire at the wooden barracks at the Westerbork camp in Holland has not been determined.

Anne Frank was detained in barrack 57 at the camp in 1944, but the buildings were sold in 1957 and were used to store farm equipment before the fire.

Gillian Walnes the executive director of the Anne Frank Trust UK, said:


Anne Frank gets her wish

June 11, 2009

It is a heartbreaking and striking image, made all the more poignant by the knowledge that the pretty, white-haired old lady never existed.

Instead, to mark what would have been the 80th birthday today of the wartime diarist, the UK Anne Frank Trust has commissioned an age progression photograph.

A Michigan company, Phojoe, specialises in digitally adjusting photographs. The company uses its techniques to help in forensic detective work, frequently aiding police to show witnesses how missing people may look.