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(JTA) — A graphic novel version of Anne Frank’s biography was released in the Netherlands.

The 160-page book, launched last Friday, uses text and illustrations to tell Anne’s story and make connections between her life and historical events during the period.

According to Anne Frank House Museum spokeswoman Annemarie Bekker, the Amsterdam museum wants to use the book to make Anne’s story more available to teenagers from age 14.

"Not everyone has read Anne Frank’s diary," she said in a statement to CNN. "The mission of the museum is to make the life story of Anne Frank accessible to as large an audience as possible, especially the younger generations."

The biography was written by Sid Jacobson and illustrated by Ernest Colon, both Americans. They also co-created the best-selling graphic novel "The 9/11 Commission Report."

Publisher Hill & Wang plans to release the book in the United States later this month and in Britain in the fall, with translations in German, Italian and French also planned.

Bekker said the museum plans to include the book in classroom teaching materials. Two previously published fictional comic books were successful in schools in the Netherlands.

Anne Frank’s family was forced into hiding by the Nazis when she was 13. She wrote her diary during the two years they spent in a concealed apartment, until they were arrested. She and her sister eventually were sent to Bergen-Belsen in Germany, where they both died.

A trusted friend salvaged the diary and gave it to Anne’s father, Otto, the only surviving member of the family.

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