SUMMARY: Anne Frank (June 12, 1929 – early March 1945) German Jewish teen diarist during World War II
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Anne was one of the many Jewish children that died in the holocaust. She was born Annelies Marie Frank on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany to Otto and Edith frank.

For the first five years of her life she lived with her mother, father, and her sister Margot in an apartment on the outskirts of Frankfurt Germany. After the Nazi seizure of power in 1933, Otto frank left to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. This was where Otto had many business connections. The rest of the family later followed Otto; Anne was the last to arrive in February 1934. While the rest of the family was in Amsterdam she lived with her grandparents in Aachin.

In May 1940 Germany occupied Amsterdam. In July 1942 German and Dutch authorities began taking Jews throughout the Netherlands to a transit camp not far from the German border.

During the first week of July, Anne and her family went into hiding in an apartment. Later four other Dutch Jews began hiding in the apartment also. Their names were Herman, Augeste, Petter van Pels, and Fritz Pfeffer.

For two years they lived in this hidden attic apartment. The apartment was behind an old family business. Anne called the apartment the Secret Annex. Otto’s friends and colleagues, Johannes Kleiman, Victor Kugler, Jan Gies, and Miep Gies, had previously sheltered them and would bring them food, and clothing. This was a great risk to his friends because if they were caught they would be killed for helping the Jews stay in hiding.

During the time of their hiding, Anne Frank was going through some of the most impressionable years of her life. She had started to see many changes in herself and how she saw the world, and what was happening around her. At the age of 13, Anne Frank received a diary. It was a birthday gift. This gift ended up becoming a real survival tool for Anne’s sanity and growth.

This diary has been translated in to many different languages and has been taught in English classes around the world. The diary and story has been produced into plays, and films. Overall the heart warming story has been a memory for others that reminds us all of what a tragedy the entire time frame brought about, but that despite it a little girl saw good in people.

On August 8, 1944 the German secret state police had found the Frank’s hiding place. This was due to the fact that anonyms Dutch caller tipped them. They were all sent to individualized camps and the children were all sent to a youth camp.

Both if the daughters, including Anne, died from typhus in March 1945. Anne’s mother died in Auschwitz on April 15, 1945. Otto Frank survived the camp he was placed in and was transferred to Auschwitz in January 1945.

After Otto Frank’s release, he found out that his family had died. He also found the diary that explained the young child’s feelings and experiences. The story was published in July of 1947 for the first time in the Netherlands.

The tracking of the events that Anne Frank had kept were amazingly accurate. There was the information based in the diary and some loose notes that were compiled. It has since been published and released all around the world.

The story and diary have been praised by literary experts from all over, and has received much literary merit. The quality of the work was considered art from such a very young child. The events that had occurred were heart wrenching, educational, and informative.

This is the basic biography of Anne Frank. However, there is much more to the diary and her life. I would suggest taking some time to read her story. You will find that the events will tug at your heart also.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
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Anne Frank: Her life in words and pictures from the archives of The Anne Frank House
Anne Frank: Her life in words and pictures from the archives of The Anne Frank House
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