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‘Purely German production’ about Anne Frank

Berlin -

German producer Oliver Berben is to make a film about the life of the German Jewish girl Anne Frank, who wrote a world-famous diary after going into hiding from the Nazis during World War II, German broadcaster ZDF said on Sunday.

An undated file photo of Anne Frank. Credit: AP

Filming is to begin in the summer, the magazine Der Spiegel reported.

Anne Frank and her family fled from Germany to the Dutch city of Amsterdam in 1933, and after German troops occupied the Netherlands, they went into hiding in the rear annex of a canalside house.

They were betrayed in 1944 and deported, and Anne died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945 at the age of 15.

Although there are already several films about Anne Frank, there is no “purely German production”, Berben, who produced the movies Carnage and Pope Joan, told Der Spiegel.

The film will cover the period between 1939 and 1944 but will not show Anne's time in the concentration camp or her death.

“We know what happened there. I don't think that it has to be shown again,” Berben was quoted as saying.

Actors for the movie, which is to be shown on German television, have yet to be chosen.

DVDs are to be made available to schools free of charge. - Sapa-dpa

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