Annelies “Anne” Frank

Born: June 12, 1929 – Frankfurt, Germany
Died: Believed to have died in March or April of 1945 at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp
Parents: Edith Frank (Mother) and Otto Frank (Father)
Siblings: Margot Frank (Sister), Eva Schloss (Step-Sister)
Career Interest: Journalist
Diary Title: The Diary of a Young Girl

“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.” 

– Anne Frank[1]

Annelies “Anne” Frank is one of the most well-known victims of the Holocaust to date. She was born Annelies Marie Frank, but she is most known by her signature in her diary, Anne. Though Anne was a German–a fact not very well-known–because of her Jewish heritage and practice, Anne faced the ultimate punishment. She began writing her diary at the age of 13 years old, and she would die when she was only 15. In her writing, Anne is hiding in a Secret Annex in the Netherlands, while the Germans already control that area as well as much of Europe. Anne was a vivid writer, and her dream was to become a journalist after the war. After the Germans were notified of the Annex, Anne would be transported to the Bergen-Belsen camp inside of Auschwitz. Bergen-Belsen was a labor camp, and Anne would die before the camp was liberated on April 15, 1945. Anne did not live alone in the Annex; among her co-inhabitants were her father, mother, and sister. All of her family would die except for her father, Otto Frank. He would return to the Annex after the war to find her diary. He would later put her diary together, and Anne’s dream would be realized. She left her impact on the world, and her diary is now known in America as “The Diary of a Young Girl.”

[1] Anne Frank, Eleanor Roosevelt (Introduction), B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday (Translator) – The Diary of a Young Girl – ISBN 9780553296983