v Newsround and CBBC are to broadcast two 30 minute special documentaries about the Holocaust aimed at children for part of the BBC’s programmes commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day.
Author Anthony Horowitz OBE narrates the first; a Finding My Family Newsround Special where 14-year-old Maggie discovers her Holocaust family history with the help of her grandfather Steven Frank. They visit Amsterdam where Frank’s father was part of the Dutch Resistance, and camps in Czech Republic where Frank himself was held. They travel to Terezin in the Czech Republic, where Frank was held, to learn about the horrors of life inside concentration camps the camps. Finally, the pair travel to Auschwitz to learn about the fate of family members.During the emotional documentary, Maggie sees for the first time, the extent of her grandfather’s suffering; “I don’t really know what I’d do without him and it’s amazing how through everything he’s been through, he’s chosen to be loving whereas he could have easily turned to hating everybody.”
Frank says; “ Well, hatred is a very evil thing and you have to try and get rid of it. I’m lucky, I’m at peace with my soul; I have no room for hatred in my heart.”
In what would have been her 90th Birthday year, in the second documentary, Anne Frank: A Life in Hiding Newsround looks at the story of the Holocaust’s most well-known victim; Anne Frank, in the form of a drama-documentary.
The documentary takes a look inside Anne’s hiding place in Amsterdam as well as learning more about Anne from her old friend Eva Schloss, whose mother married Anne’s father after the war. . The dramatic sections, taken directly from Anne’s diaries, give an insight into the day-to-day realities of teenage life hidden away from the outside world. Anne is played by Manchester based Poppy Waxman, whose family were also affected by the Holocaust.
Both documentaries will be broadcast on January 21st on CBBC