One of our favorite author houses, and certainly one of the most poignant, is Amsterdam’s Anne Frank House, which recently announced its launch of a groundbreaking Anne Frank Channel on You Tube.
The channel contains the only known video footage of Anne — a shot of her leaning out of an upstairs window during a neighbor’s wedding in July 1941– as well as excerpts from interviews with her father, Otto Frank, and family friend Miep Gies, who helped hide the family and risked her life to care for them.
Anne, together with her father, mother, sister and four other Jews, hid from the Nazis in the secret annex of a canalside warehouse for nearly two years. The group was eventually betrayed by an anonymous phone call to the German Secret Police in August 1944. Anne died a year later in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, but her diary, published with the aid of Otto Frank shortly after the end of the war, became one of the bestselling books of all time.