Monday, 5 July 2010

Jewish Hoaxes for Sale

Graphic narrative of Anne Frank's life goes on sale in Holland

Two previous graphic novels on the subject were released in dozens of countries and received positive accolades; as such, the Anne Frank House has now authorized the official graphic narrative of Anne Frank's life.

A "graphic biography" of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank was published late last week, by the Amsterdam foundation created in her memory.

Readers in the Netherlands are now able to purchase a graphic novel depicting the young girl's life as told in her own journal.

"Children read fewer books than before but we find it still very important that they would learn the story of Anne Frank. This is why we looked for a modern form to do," Hans Westra, director of the Anne Frank Foundation, told Metro Netherlands following release of the graphic novel.

Two previous graphic novels on the subject were released in dozens of countries and received positive accolades; as such, the Anne Frank House has now authorized the official graphic narrative of Anne Frank's life.

Officials from Anne Frank House approached a renowned American creative team Рcomprising writer Sid Jacobson and artist Ernest Colón- to represent the life of Anne Frank in words and images, and make connections between her life and the important historical events.

"What was very important for us was the historical precision of the facts of the family's history and of the Second World War background," Westra told Metro.

"This story is of universal importance, as it illustrates what can happen when a society is not able to preserve Human Rights," Westra explained in the interview with the Dutch paper. He added that the narrative is told in such a way that even a young reader can relate: "Even though Anne lived in very difficult circumstances, normal things would happen to her such as arguments with her parents and her first love story."

The Foundation looks for all possible media to tell the story to the world. For example, it is now also possible to make a virtual visit of the house on its website. However, Westra explained that "the most important for us is that the story would be told integrally and in its full version. The 'twittering' of quotations would be possible, but then it would be well out of context."

The graphic biography is aimed at young adults and adults, and has been available at bookshops and comic book specialists in the Netherlands since Friday. It will be published in the United States in July, and in Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain starting this autumn.

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/graphic-narrative-of-anne-frank-s-life-goes-on-sale-in-holland-1.300195

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