Anne Frank - A History for Today

Anne Frank is a Jewish girl who had to go into hiding during
The Second World War to escape the Nazis.

In many countries Anne Frank has become the symbol of the mass murder of Jews during the Second World War.

Anne Frank was born on 12th June, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. She was the daughter of Otto and Edith Frank and had a three year older sister, Margot.

Just like many other Jews, the Frank family fled Germany after Hitler and his National-Socialist party came to power in 1933.

The Jews who stayed in Germany were step by step excluded from society. The Frank family went to the Netherlands where father Otto started a company.

In May 1940 the Nazis occupied the Netherlands and soon anti-Jewish measures were introduced. In July 1942 large-scale deportations of Jews took place.

The Frank family went into hiding along with four others. They hid in the annex of Otto Frank's office building on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, right in the heart of the city.

During their time in hiding, Anne Frank kept a diary. In August 1944 the hiding place was betrayed and the eight people were taken to different concentration camps.

Anne Frank eventually died in the camp Bergen-Belsen. Only Otto Frank survived the war.

About the Diary