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Posted by Andrew Roman on October 2, 2009

For the first time, the only video footage known to exist of Anne Frank, whose diary became an international symbol for the Holocaust when it was published in 1947, has been released publicly.

She appears for only five seconds.

Indeed, the footage is not new. It has been seen and used in limited circumstances before. However, for those who have not seen it, it is certainly worth a look.

Peter Allen from the Mail Online writes:

The haunting black-and-white images show the then 12-year-old schoolgirl leaning out a window in her home city of Amsterdam at the height of World War II in July 1941.

Despite clearly smiling, she looks vulnerable and alone as she stares out on to the busy street.

Soon afterwards Nazi persecution of Jews meant she and her family had to go into hiding, before she was finally captured and sent to a concentration camp where she died aged 15.

The Anne Frank House, a museum dedicated to her legacy, was in possession of the film – but previously it was only accessible to those visiting the museum or watching documentaries that contained the footage.

Personally, I find it difficult to tell exactly what sort of expression she has on her face, or if any sort of vulnerability can truly be detected. The distance, graininess and brevity of her appearance on film, to me, is inconclusive.

It is, however, quite fascinating to see.


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