Jewish Anne Frank hid in 1942 from the Nazis during the occupation of the Netherlands. Two years later she was discovered. In 1945 she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
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Anne Frank was a German-Dutch diarist of Jewish heritage. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame with the 1947 publication of The Diary of a Young Girl in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.
The diary Anne receives for her 13th birthday. Photo collection: Anne Frank Stichting, Amsterdam
In 1942, Anne’s father had started furnishing a hiding place in the annex of his business premises. After two years in hiding the secret annex was discovered and the Frank’s were arrested by police officers on 4 August 1944.
Anne in her final year of primary school, 1940.
Although there have been persistent claims of betrayal by an informant, the source of the information that led the authorities to raid the Achterhuis has never been identified.
In 1945 Anne and her sister Margot died from exhaustion in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. First Margot and shortly after Anne. Anne’s father Otto was the only one of the people from the Secret Annex to survive the war. He was liberated from Auschwitz by the Russians and during his long journey back to the Netherlands he learned that his wife Edith had died. Once in the Netherlands, he heard that Anne and Margot were no longer alive either.
Anne’s father, Otto Frank in the attic of the Secret Annex 1960
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