ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED recalls the person of young Anne Frank who went into hiding with her family from the National Socialists during World War II. Father Otto, born to a well-to-do family in Frankfurt, takes his family to the Netherlands to escape Hitler’s rule, but soon Hitler’s troops make their presence in the Netherlands. Otto and his family, joined by another family and friend, go into hiding. It is during this two-year period, that the 13-year-old Anne begins her now world-famous diaries, writing of their caged lives and of the growing oppression of the Jews.
Director, writer and producer Jon Blair does an excellent job reconstructing the events that helped shape Anne’s young life and tracing Anne’s last tortured year before she finally died of the typhus disease at the desolate and wind-ravaged Bergen-Belsen camp. The interviewees revealed much of Anne’s personality and inner spirit. Kenneth Branagh’s narration is flawless, adding to the strength of the documentary. There are gruesome scenes of the dead in their mass graves, descriptions of persecution, suffering, starvation, cannibalism, beatings and mass torture and death through gassing. However, the documentary also shows man’s courage and renewed hope.
(B, Ab, H, L, V, N, M) A moral worldview of loyalty, courage, decency, & sacrifice contrasted with the anti-Jewish & humanist worldviews which led to the horrors of the National Socialist persecution & murder of the Jews; 3 vulgar name-callings by National Socialist soldiers & 1 exclamatory profanity; grisly images of dead bodies in the concentration camps, disease & suffering with descriptions of cannibalism, mass torture, murder, beatings, starvation, deprivation of clothes, medicine, food, gassing, & shooting; 1 reference in Anne's diary mentioning her interest in cuddling & kissing in narration; naked bodies of the dead; and, inhumane treatment of men, women & children & betrayal