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Otto and Fritzi Frank
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Otto en Fritzi

Otto Frank and his second wife Elfriede looking at an album of photos of Anne. This photo was taken in 1979 in Basel (Switzerland). Elfriede, known as ‘Fritzi’, lost her husband and her son in the Holocaust. She and her daughter survived the concentration camps.

Otto Frank and Fritzi Markovits are married on 10 November 1953. For years Fritzi has helped Otto to answer the thousands of letters he receives from people who have read the diary. Some letter-writers become friends and come to visit.

'My powers are slowly waning…'

Shortly before his death, Otto Frank says in an interview:

‘I am now nearly ninety and my powers are slowly waning. But the duty Anne left me continues to give me new strength – to fight for reconciliation and human rights throughout the world.’

Otto Frank dies on 19 August 1980. After his death Fritzi continues to answer letters.

Quotation from Welt am Sonntag, 4 February 1979.

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This day in history
Today: 10 December 2018
Then: 10 December 1948

The 51 member states of the United Nations sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.