Technology has benefited the work of historians and helped many students of history to access otherwise inaccessible materials (although technology has also created problems too many to elucidate here). The following news is an interesting one, and the impact remains to be seen. Will it spawn more history-related apps? For sure. Will it help reinvigorate history or simple dump things down? That, we have to wait and see…
The Anne Frank App will feature new archive material and audio extracts read by Helena Bonham Carter.
By Martin Chilton, Digital Culture Editor
The Diary of Anne Frank, written by one of the most revered victims of the Holocaust, is being released next month as an interactive app.
The app has been authorised by the Anne Frank Foundation, which was founded by Otto Frank following the death of his daughter Anne in Bergen-Belsen in March 1945, aged 15, from typhus and malnutrition after hiding for two years from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic. The diary, which was given to Anne on her 13th birthday, chronicles her life from 12 June 1942 until 1 August 1944. It was first published in 1947 and then translated from its original Dutch and published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl.
The Anne Frank App, from Penguin’s Viking imprint and digital developer TradeMobile, will be released on 18th October and feature audio extracts read by Helena Bonham Carter and include facsimile copies of the original diary pages; exclusive archive materials and footage from the Anne Frank Foundation; new photographs and an introduction and Q&A with Buddy Elias, Anne’s first cousin.
Venetia Butterfield, Viking Publishing Director: “Seventy years since Anne began her diary, it remains one of the most beloved books of all time. With the support of the Anne Frank Foundation we are privileged to bring her story to readers in such an inspiring and sympathetic way.”
Anne Frank’s Diary, which has been published in 60 languages, is regarded as one of the key historical documents of the Second World War. The exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today is presently on tour in New Zealand and Australia. The exhibition and the app pay tribute to an extraordinary girl who wrote: “In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.”