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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 12 June 1929Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany
Date of Death 12 March 1945Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, Lower Saxony, Germany  (typhus)
Birth NameAnnelies Marie Frank
Nicknames Anna
Annie
Chatterbox
El Dorado
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Born in Germany in 1929 and raised and raised in Germany and Amsterdam. In 1942, shortly after receiving a diary for her 13th birthday, she and her family were forced to go into hiding to escape Hitler's persecution of the Jews. Hiding with another family and a dentist in an annex behind the building in which her father worked, Anne recorded their lives in her diary almost daily. In addition, she recorded her fights with her mother, her budding relationship with the other family's son, and her own maturation. In 1944, the eight people were discovered and arrested by the Gestapo. They were separated and put in concentration camps. At age 15, Anne died there in March, 1945. Her mother and sister, as well as the other people living with them, also died. Only her father survived; on his return home, he found her diary untouched and had it published in 1947. It was an immediate success, as millions of readers were touched by her indomitable spirit in the face of such chaos. The diary is famous even to this day and was the inspiration for the Broadway play "The Diary of Anne Frank" in 1955. The play was adapted into a movie in 1959 and two TV-films, the first, in 1967 and again in 1980. The diary also inspired the TV-film The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank (1988) and Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tommy Peter

Analiese Marie Frank was born on June, 1929, in Germany to Edith and Otto Frank and was the sister of Margot Frank. Around the time she was 4 years old, Adolf Hitler took power in Germany, forcing Otto to make the decision to move the family to Holland. Anne had a very happy childhood in Holland, making friends and helping her parents try to understand some their neighbors (most of their neighbors, however, were like them, displaced German Jews.) In 1941, however, Anne's idyllic childhood ended when Hitler invaded the Netherlands, making some of the same racial laws in Holland that he had made in Germany several years before. Otto then decided he needed a game plan in case the worst should happen. He asked his assistant Miep Gies if the family could hide in the company attic if worst came to worst. She agreed but thought it would not happen immediately. Shortly after this Anne had her 13th birthday, and though she got a lot of things, the gift she liked the best was a red-and-white checked diary she named Kitty, from her father. She started writing in it faithfully almost immediately. Soon after this, though, a messenger was sent to the Frank house with a telegram that said that Anne's sister Margot was to report to the train station because she was needed at a work camp. The next day Margot, left to go into hiding; several days later, the rest of the family followed.

After Anne went into hiding, things did not look so good. For a girl who liked to talk, keeping quiet so that the workers below you could not hear them was not exactly thrilling. Over the next year, the Frank family was joined in their hiding spot by a dentist and some family friends, the Von Pelzes, including their 16-year-old son Peter. Anne and Peter would soon start spending hours talking and began a romance. Anne, however, still reserved much of her time on her own, telling her thoughts and fears to her diary, her one true friend. During the two years that the Franks, Von Pelzes and the dentist were in the attic, they were able to go downstairs at night to listen to the radio. One night there was an announcement that said for people to save their diaries, notes, and letters for publication after the war. From that point on, Anne started rewriting her diary taking out really personal information. Her last entry was August 1, 1944.

On August 4, the Nazis invaded the annex, forcing the 8 people out into the light. They were all sent to a transit camp, and then on to Auschwitz, the infamous death camp. There, Mr. Van Pels and Mrs. Frank died. Peter van Pels was forced to march east with other inmates of Auschwitz and died in another concentration camp. Before the new year of 1945, Mrs. Van Pels, Margot, and Anne were sent to Bergen-Belson. Bergon-Belson was slightly better than Auschwitz, but not by much. In late February, Margot died and several days after that Anne died, only a couple of days before the camp was liberated. Their bodies were thrown into a pit at Bergen-Belson. Out of this sad story there is a happy ending. When the Nazis arrested the Franks, Anne's diary came out of the suitcase that somebody was carrying. Miep Gies saw this and decided to save it in case she came back. About a month after the war was over, Otto Frank arrived at Miep's door needing a place to stay. Soon after, he learned that Anne's diary survived, and he read it. Several years later, he had it published in German under the title, "The Secret Annex'," so that she would not be forgotten and so her grandmother could read it. It has since been published in many different languages and has inspired two Broadway plays and a film.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: CR/ EG

Trivia (12)

Cousin of Buddy Elias.
Born at 7:30am-CET
Daughter of Edith Frank and Otto Frank, younger sister of Margot Frank.
Her mother died in Auschwitz concentration camp on January 6, 1945. Her sister died in Bergen-Belsen camp only a few days before her. Her father survived Auschwitz. Moved with her family to Amsterdam, Holland in 1933 because the Nazi party started to gain foothold in Germany
Is the youngest person ever to reach number one on the New York Times' Bestseller List, for her diary.
Her stories were published by Bantam Books titled, "Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex."
Spoke fluent Dutch, spoke German as a young child but after learning Dutch she soon forgot it.
Wrote letters in English to her penpal in Iowa.
Whoopi Goldberg made a bid on Anne's letters that were sent to Juantia Wagner, who was Anne's pen-pal in 1942.
Had one cat: Moortje. She was a female cat that Anne and her family got in early in 1942. They left her behind, the family of a friend of Anne's (referred to as "Toosje K." in FAF) took in this cat after the Franks disappeared into hiding.
Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's "The Diary of Anne Frank" at the Writers Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2015 Joseph Jefferson Equity Award for Large Play Production.
She was best friends with Hannah Pick-Goslar.

Personal Quotes (18)

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery.
I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.
I soothe my conscience now with the thought that it is better for hard words to be on paper than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.
Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
On reading: If I read the book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly in hand before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
Where there's hope, there's life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again
In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.
It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
A quiet conscience makes one strong!
Women should be respected as well! Generally speaking, men are held in great esteem in all parts of the world, so why shouldn't women have their share? Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers?...Women, who struggle and suffer pain to ensure the continuation of the human race, make much tougher and more courageous soldiers than all those big-mouthed freedom-fighting heroes put together!
I don't want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!
Although I'm only fourteen, I know quite well what I want, I know who is right and who is wrong. I have my opinions, my own ideas and principles, and although it may sound pretty mad from an adolescent, I feel more of a person than a child, I feel quite independent of anyone.
Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.
Whoever is happy will make others happy.

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