Filmed in Netherlands and London this special commemorates 70 years since Anne Frank's death. With unique interviews with Anne's step sister, Eva Schloss and Gillian Walnes, a survivor from Auschwitz who now runs the Anne Frank Trust in the UK and Ronald Leopold, the Director of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
In 1933, the Nazis rose to power. Five years later, in 1938, Eva Schloss remembers the Nazis marching on Austria and then she and her family fleeing and settling in Amsterdam the same year. They found they were in the same residential square as the Franks with their young daughter, Anne. Anne and Eva found a bond from the shared experience of being displaced by the Nazis.
This was the beginning of an extraordinary story where Eva would become inextricably linked to Anne Frank and her legacy over the next 70 years. Both Eva and Anne's family had to go into hiding from the Nazis, both were betrayed at different times, both caught and sent to concentration camps. Eva would survive her dreadful experience in Auschwitz but Anne tragically died shortly before the Belsen Camp was liberated in March 1945.
Anne's father Otto and Eva's mother Elfriede also survived but they lost their partners and other children. The two grief stricken parents became closer and in 1953 they married.
Anne's diary had been discovered shortly after the war and published in 1947. Eva would be one of the first people to hear Otto read extracts from the diary, a feat which he couldn't manage to do without breaking down into tears. Otto became a surrogate father to Eva helping her find a vocation in photography. Eva witnessed first hand the publication and dramatization of the Diary of Anne Frank. Eva would find herself more and more involved in the Anne Frank Foundation set up by Otto in 1963 and then in 1989 she set up the Anne Frank Trust UK which aims to share the message of the Anne Frank Foundation to challenge prejudice and hatred.
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