Annelies Marie Frank was a German-Dutch diarist of Jewish heritage. One of the
victims of the
Holocaustdiarist, she gained fame posthumously with the 1947 publication
Diary of a Young Girl (originally Het Achterhuis in Dutch, lit. ’the
house’; English: The Secret Annex), in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942
1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War
II. It is one of the world’s best-known books and has been the basis for
several plays and films.
Anne was born in Frankfurt,
Germany. In 1934, when she was four and a half, her family moved to Amsterdam,
Netherlands, after Adolf Hitler and the Nazi
gained control over Germany. She spent most of her life in or around Amsterdam. By May
the Franks were trapped in Amsterdam by the German occupation of the Netherlands. Anne lost her
citizenship in 1941 and became stateless. As persecutions of the Jewish population increased in
1942, they went into hiding in concealed rooms behind a bookcase in the building
Anne’s father, Otto
Frank, worked. Until the family’s arrest by the Gestapo
August 1944, Anne kept a diary she had received as a birthday present, and wrote in it
Remembering the victims of the holocaust. This
is in honor of them. The hardships they endured.
I remember reading this book as a child and was
to see the other side of humanity.