ט׳ באדר ה׳תשע״ג (February 19, 2013)
In the summer of 1942, fleeing the horrors of the Nazi occupation, Anne Frank and her family were forced into hiding in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse. Aged thirteen when she went into the Secret Annexe, Anne kept a diary in which she confided her innermost thoughts and feelings. Anne Frank died in prison in Bergen-Belsen, three months short of her sixteenth birthday and just a few weeks before the prison was liberated.
An intimate record of adolescence and heartbreak, courage and inspiration, ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank for iPad offers stunning new ways to explore Anne’s world, what it looked, sounded and felt like living in hiding and what, in turn, was happening outside the Annexe walls.
‘The Diary of a Young Girl‘ by Anne Frank for iPad is the definitive digital edition, authorised by the Anne Frank Fonds founded by Anne’s father Otto Frank.
Features of the app include:
- 21 video clips from Academy Award-winning documentary-maker Jon Blair, director of Anne Frank Remembered
- Over 40 audio clips, including commentary from Miep Gies, one of the helpers who risked her life to aid Anne and her family in hiding
- The full, definitive text – including the five missing pages discovered in 1998 -together with exclusive audio extracts read by Helena Bonham Carter
- Context-sensitive notes, historic documents and hand-drawn maps
- Specially commissioned introduction by Buddy Elias, Anne’s first cousin and only living relative
- Translated facsimile pages from the original diary
- Dual timelines featuring family images from Anne’s life before the war, historic wartime images from international archives and specialist commentary on key events
- Expertly curated themes and ‘StoryTrails’ for a deeper, more in-depth reading experience
- Exclusive access to the archive of the Anne Frank Fonds, founded by Anne’s father Otto Frank, including previously unreleased material
Anne Frank for iPad has three main components – the diary itself, Story Trails and Timeline.
The diary itself is exactly as you know it (if you’ve read it before), except it includes a series of links to illustrative content, such as photos, videos, maps and additional background information.
The Story Trails section lets you delve into key aspects of the story, linking directly to excerpts of the diary with additional notes and narration on the highlighted segments. This is particularly useful for those wishing to get a good overview of the story, without actually reading the full book – though I don’t think that’s the intention of this specific section.
Similarly, Timeline takes you through an easy-to-follow calendar of key events in the Anne Frank story. There are actually dual timelines, featuring family images from Anne’s life before the war, as well as historic wartime images from international archives accompanied by commentary on key events.
Anne Frank for iPad is everything you’d expect from such an offering – it doesn’t just take the diary and convert it into an iOS app – it uses the full features available for Apple’s omnipresent tablet, and makes it an engaging experience for the modern student or history buff.
Penguin released the app with digital producers Beyond the Story, and charitable foundation Anne Frank Foundation, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. App available in the UK only, with the US to follow shortly.
App: Anne Frank by Penguin Books
Compatible: iPad2 and above
Released: January 26, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Books
Price: £6.99 (buy app)
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