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August 19th 1980: Otto Frank dies

On this day in 1980, Anne Frank’s father Otto died in Switzerland aged 91. Otto was the only member of the Frank family to survive the Holocaust. His daughter Anne had been keeping a diary during the family’s attempts to hide from the Nazis and their time hidden in a secret annex in a building in Amsterdam. At the end of the war Otto found her diary and, moved by his daughter’s repeated desire to be an author, decided to have it published. Anne Frank’s diary was published in 1947.

"If she had been here, Anne would have been so proud."
- Otto Frank when his daughter’s diary was published

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June 12th 1942: Anne Frank receives her diary

On this day in 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday. She had seen the book, bound with red and white checkered cloth, a few days before and her father gave it to her for her birthday. Frank, a Jewish German national, lived in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Her family went into hiding in 1942 to escape the persecution of the Jewish population, and Frank documented her experiences. Her group was eventually betrayed after two years in hiding and Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp from typhus in March 1945. Her father survived, and upon his return to Amsterdam found his daughter’s diary, which documented her life from 14th June 1942 to 1st August 1944, and had it translated and published.

Anne Frank would have turned 83 today

2 years ago
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June 12th 1942: Anne Frank receives her diary

On this day in 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday. She had seen the book, bound with red and white checkered cloth, a few days before and her father gave it to her for her birthday. Frank, a Jewish German national, lived in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Her family went into hiding in 1942 to escape the persecution of the Jewish population, and Frank documented her experiences. Her group was eventually betrayed after two years in hiding and Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp from typhus in March 1945. Her father survived, and upon his return to Amsterdam found his daughter’s diary, which documented her life from 14th June 1942 to 1st August 1944, and had it translated and published.

Anne Frank would have turned 84 today

1 year ago
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