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See the world of Anne
Frank Through The Eyes of
a Friend. Witness the pain,
loss, and hope of young
people during the
Holocaust. This moving
program is a poignant
portrait of friendship and
survival, brought to life
through the eyes of Anne
Frank's "best friend."
WHO IS SARAH WEIS?
Through The Eyes of a Friend is told from the view point of a fictional "best friend" of Anne
Frank. Sarah is a composite character inspired by the experiences and testimonies of many
individuals who knew Anne Frank at certain points in her life as well as those young people
who experienced the Holocaust throughout Europe.
Through The Eyes of a Friend remains faithful to Anne Frank's life and her world.
Through The Eyes of a Friend is the story of Sarah Weis, the daughter of an average German family
forced to move to Holland when the Nazis come to power. In Holland, Sarah becomes friends with Anne
Frank. When Anne and Sarah are teenagers, the Nazis invade Holland.
The story follows Sarah as she hides for two years in the basement of a clock store until she is discovered
and sent to the Westerbork prison camp. At Westerbork, Sarah is reunited with Anne. After a few weeks,
Sarah and the Franks are put on a train to Auschwitz.
In Auschwitz, Sarah and Anne are tattooed with numbers, shaved, and forced to stand in the cold for long
roll calls before beginning their day of forced labor. The men are separated from their families and Anne
becomes ill. After a few months Anne, her sister Margot, and Sarah are shipped to another camp called
In Bergen-Belsen, both Anne's and Margot's health grows worse. Margot becomes so weakened that she
dies from a fall; days later, Anne dies from typhoid.
At the end of the war, Sarah is liberated and reunited with her brother. Living a new life in America,
Sarah is sent a copy of Anne's diary. Sarah learns that she must never forget; through memory, her
friend lives on.
5th Grade through University/Corporate.
(World War Two)
Theatre / Drama
Television - Film
Written by Rachel Atkins