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Edith Frank-Holländer

Edith Holländer is born on January 16, 1900 in Aachen (Germany). Ancestors of hers lived in Amsterdam at the beginning of the 18th century. They emigrated to Germany around 1800.

Edith’s father has a company dealing in machinery, scrap metal and old rags. Edith has two older brothers, Walter and Julius, and a sister, Betty (Bettina) who is two years older. Betty dies in 1914 of appendicitis. Edith goes to a girls’ high school and graduates in 1916. Little is known about her youth. Her brother fights in the German army in the First World War. He is shot in the arm, and suffers the effects of this wound for the rest of his life.

Anti-Jewish hatred

Edith Holländer marries Otto Frank on May 12, 1925. She is 25 years old. The wedding takes place in the synagogue in Aachen. 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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