Holocaust film for children wins Bafta

Survivor Steven Frank retraced his past on a trip to Europe with his granddaughter Maggie


A film about a teenager’s trip to Europe with her grandfather to learn how he survived the Holocaust has won a children’s Bafta.

Finding My Family: Holocaust, which featured Maggie Fleet, 14, from Watford, and her “opa” Steven Frank, was made for Holocaust Memorial Day this year by the BBC children’s channel, CBBC Newsround.

Mr Frank, who was 83 when the film was shot, said it was "a great honour to receive the Bafta. I hope that the film, with this accreditation, will serve as a great boost for Holocaust education. We must not forget the past."

Maggie said, "It was a unique journey to go with my opa, and for the two of us to attend the award ceremony was exciting in itself. To be there with the director, Nic Hall, and to win left me beyond excited and totally speechless."

In the film, which won the award in the factual category, Mr Frank takes his granddaughter to Amsterdam where he went to school, to the Theresienstadt camp where he was incarcerated, and to Auschwitz, where his father was murdered.

Mr Frank’s mother and two brothers survived.

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