While The Diary of Anne Frank (or Diary of a Young Girl) has become synonymous with the writings spawned during the Holocaust, there is an entire generation of youngsters out there who have yet to read the infamous diary, or learn about Frank’s struggles as a young teen hiding in an Amsterdam attic, before she was discovered and taken to her death at the hands of the Nazis at a a German concentration camp.
Much of the reasoning for this fact, beyond the diary’s inevitably tragic circumstances, is that most young readers these days don’t read words in the printed format.
In a bid to appeal specifically to them, an Amsterdam-based publisher has released a smartphone app that contains the diary in its original language, telling the story of Frank’s two years of hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.
The publisher, Uitgeverij Prometheus, is the first publisher to ever do so, unveiling the Anne Frank app at Theater Amsterdam earlier this month.
The diary was published and edited with the help of Otto Frank, Anne’s father, the only member of the family who survived.
The app includes unedited versions written by Anne, and features two interactive timelines, giving users the chance to read her words, view photos of the secret annex where the Frank family lived, and also listen to the audio book of the diary, as read by Carice Von Houten, a Dutch actress known best for her portrayal of the Red Woman in Game of Thrones.
The first Anne Frank app appeared in English, and was released last year.
The new, original-language app is available now, costing roughly $8.50 to download.