Anne Frank’s diary has been turned into a graphic novel


“The Diary of Anne Frank” has sold over 30 million copies, been translated into 70 different languages and been sold in over 60 countries. This iconic piece of literature helped to educate the world about the horrors of the Holocaust, as well as to inspire millions who were moved by Anne Frank’s incredible bravery and grace during such a devastating time.

And now the story of Anne Frank is going to inspire and educate even more readers thanks to the latest adaption of her diary, a graphic novel titled “Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation.” In this graphic novel, Anne Frank’s words are transformed into full-color images beside edited text of the original diary.

Creators Ari Folman and David Polonsky are not unfamiliar with the demanding task of bringing human atrocities to life via visual art. They previously worked together on “Waltz With Bashir,” an animated drama that told the story of the 1982 Lebanon War. The film won several awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and a Critic’s Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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For this project, Polonsky drew the images while Folman adapted the text from Anne Frank’s diary. The result is a work of art that will serve as the first introduction for many students into the world of Anne Frank and the Holocaust itself.

Rather than a replacement for the actual diary, the creators see it as a supplemental reading that will help encourage readers to go deeper into her story and learn more about the history of World War II.


In addition to creating this graphic novel, Folman is also working on a stop-motion 2D animated film titled “Where is Anne Frank?” The Israel-born writer and director delved deep into Frank’s writing and family life in order to create the film and was given full access to these materials thanks to the Anne Frank Fonds, which was founded in her memory by Frank’s father Otto.

“Bringing the Anne Frank Diary to all screens is a fantastic opportunity and challenge as there is a real need for new artistic material to keep the memory alive for younger generations,” says Folman.

To purchase the graphic novel, visit your local bookstore or go to Amazon.

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