There’s no sound, and the clip only runs 20 seconds. But this is the only known footage of Anne Frank, and it’s now online. The Anne Frank House does a good job of setting the scene for the video taken on July 22, 1941. “The girl next door is getting married. Anne Frank is leaning out of the window of her house in Amsterdam to get a good look at the bride and groom… At the time of her wedding, the bride lived on the second floor at Merwedeplein 39. The Frank family lived at number 37, also on the second floor. The Anne Frank House can offer you this film footage thanks to the cooperation of the couple.”
James Friel's most recent novel, The Posthumous Affair, published in the US in 2012. His other novels includeThe Higher Realm, Left of North, Taking the Veil and Careless Talk.
He is Programme Leader for the MA in Writing at the Centre for Writing, Liverpool John Moores University. He tutors regularly for both the Arvon Foundation and at Ty Newydd.