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Otto Frank

Otto Frank playing the cello. In this photo he is eleven years old. Otto is born on May 12, 1889 in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. He has an older brother (Robert), a younger brother (Herbert) and a sister (Helene). His father, Michael Frank, is a banker.

After secondary school, Otto studies economics for a few months. But he finds it too theoretical. Through one of his student friends he gets the chance to go to New York. He leaves for the United States, but soon has to come back because his father is dying. Then he returns to the USA. This time he stays for two years. First he works at Macy’s Department store and then at a city bank.

Soldier in the German army.

The First World War begins in 1914. Otto Frank and his brothers fight in the German army. Otto takes part in a major tank battle in France. He is promoted to the rank of lieutenant. The war ends in 1918. Germany has lost. Otto Frank and his brothers have been lucky. They have survived the war. Millions of other young men have been killed.

Anti-Jewish hatred

After the war, Otto Frank works in his father’s bank. On May 12, 1925, his 36th birthday, he marries Edith Holländer. Their daughter Margot is born in 1926, and Anne follows in 1929. Otto and Edith decide to leave Germany in 1933. Growing hatred of Jewish people means they no longer feel at home there.
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This day in history
Today: 12 December 2017
Then: 11 December 1941

Germany and Italy declare war on the United States; the U.S. respond in kind.

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