LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The emotional tug of "The Diary of Anne Frank," and especially this new version of it airing Sunday on PBS' "Masterpiece Classic," derives more from Anne's observations about herself and those around her than on her desperate circumstances.
Her diary, though it includes incidents of fear and alarm, has less to do with the murderous brutality of the Nazi invaders outside the Amsterdam annex where she and her family hid and everything to do with the precocious and sometimes profound insights of an adolescent girl on the cusp of womanhood.
In 1942, just as Anne turned 13, the Germans turned up the heat on Jews in occupied Netherlands. The Nazis already had forbidden Jews from engaging in public activity, including sitting on park benches. Now they began to round them up and deport them to labor and death camps.