Anne Frank Diaries to Become Graphic Novel

The Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam has commissioned author Sid Jacobson and artist Ernie Colón to turn Frank’s legendary diary into a graphic novel, to be published by Hill & Wang in the United States and Macmillan in the UK.

Jacobson and Colón, who together have more than 60 years experience in the comic-book industry, were responsible for 2006’s graphic adaptation of the 9/11 Commission Report, an accessible version of the government’s final report on the events of Sept. 11. The pair also authored a graphic biography of Che Guevara in 2009.

The goal of Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography is to bring Frank’s story to a larger audience, and to make it accessible for all readers, spokeswoman Annemarie Bekker told The Guardian. It is set to be published Sept. 14. Although a graphic adaptation by authors Elizabeth Hudson-Goff and Johnathan A. Brown and illustrator Guus Floor was published in 2005, Jacobson and Colón’s version is the first authorized by the museum.

Frank, who was killed in the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen in 1945, kept a detailed diary for two years while in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, beginning when Frank was only 13 years old. Her father, Otto Frank, discovered and published her diary after the war in 1947.