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MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: The Diary Of Anne Frank

Airs Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The most accurate-ever adaptation of Anne Frank’s moving account of life hiding from the Nazis stars newcomer Ellie Kendrick (pictured) as a maturing teenager who undergoes an extraordinary ordeal. The program airs on Holocaust Remembrance Day 2010.

For Jewish teenager Anne Frank (Ellie Kendrick), her diary is her one true friend and confidant. In it, she records the thoughts of a typical teen — only set against a backdrop of encroaching evil in Amsterdam during World War II. Stowed away behind a bookcase in a secret annex with her family and others to flee the Nazis, Anne experiences her time in hiding as an adventure. And, amidst closed quarters and random bomb blasts, Anne faces friction with family, a desire for independence and the first stirrings of young love.

A Relative Remembers

Buddy Elias, the last living relative of Anne Frank and the president of the Anne Frank Foundation in Switzerland, offers an intimate glimpse into the life and mind of his famous cousin and her family. Watch the interview.

As Anne's identity solidifies, so does her resolve to be a writer — her diary a tangible and remarkable record of a young woman's first-hand observations of the Holocaust, and the innate goodness she still sees in people. Drawing on Anne Frank's own words in the most accurate-ever adaptation of the revered memoir, Masterpiece presents "The Diary Of Anne Frank" on Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2010.

"The Diary Of Anne Frank" will be available for online viewing April 12 - May 11, 2010.

Join the Twitter Discussion:

Celebrate Anne Frank's legacy and how she continues to inspire us today in our Twitter discussion on Sunday, April 11, 2010 during the premiere broadcast of "The Diary Of Anne Frank." You're welcomed whenever you're watching, but during 9-11 p.m. Eastern time, PBS and Masterpiece insiders, as well as Anne Frank and Holocaust experts will be tweeting too.

Tag your posts with the hashtag #annefrank_pbs and visit us on TweetGrid, or use your own favorite aggregator.

WHAT: PBS and Masterpiece are hosting a live Twitter discussion (#annefrank_pbs)

WHEN: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 9-11 p.m. Eastern time

WHERE: Join us using our own custom TweetGrid (Use hashtag #annefrank_pbs).

TOPICS: Anne Frank, The Holocaust, self-expression, tolerance, Masterpiece

WHO: @pbs, @masterpiecepbs, @AnneFrankCenter, @HolocaustMuseum — and YOU!

RSVP: Please follow and be followed (on Twitter, of course!) by other #annefrank_pbs tweeters

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Preview: Masterpiece Classic: The Diary Of Anne Frank

Above: A Jewish teenager hiding from the Nazis pours out her heart to the only true friend she has left: her diary. "Masterpiece Classic" presents the most accurate-ever adaptation of one of the world's most beloved and widely read memoirs, "The Diary of Anne Frank."