Anne Frank graphic novel released

Anne, Frank, graphic, novel, released

A graphic novel based on the diaries of Anne Frank was released Friday in the Netherlands.

The Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam said it is hoping the format will encourage more youngsters to discover Anne Frank's story.

An English-language version of the graphic novel will be available in North America in September.

Frank is the young Jewish girl whose family spent two years in hiding in Amsterdam as the Nazis occupied the Netherlands. Just 13 when she and her family began living in a secret annex in a factory building, Anne kept a diary of her experience.

The Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam said it hopes the graphic novel format will encourage more youngsters to discover Anne Frank's story. (Evert Elzinga/Associated Press)
The family was eventually betrayed and taken by the Nazis. Anne died in a concentration camp, along with her mother and sister. Only her father, Otto, survived the war. He published her diary, which had been preserved by one of the women who helped them while they were in hiding, in 1947.

Spokeswoman Annemarie Bekker said the book is the most widely read document to emerge from the Holocaust, and the museum wants to introduce it to teens who might not read the book.

"Not everyone will read the diary," she said. "The one doesn't exclude the other."

The museum approached writer Sid Jacobson and artist Ernie Colon, who previously collaborated on the 9/11 Commission Report and are working on a graphic novel about Che Guevera.

"Jacobson and Colon have shown that they can make complex information accessible with creativity, rich imagery and integrity," the museum said in a statement.

The 160-page graphic novel, developed with oversight by the museum, starts with the Anne's birth in Frankfurt and ends with the return of Otto Frank from a concentration camp.

In the Netherlands, the biography will be distributed to secondary schools with a special teaching package.

Hill & Wang will distribute the graphic novel in the U.S. and Canada and editions in French, German and Spanish have also been lined up.

With files from The Associated Press