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Anne Frank

This is Anne Frank in May 1942. A few weeks later it would be her thirteenth birthday. She received a diary as a birthday present. She immediately began to write in it. On the first page she wrote: "I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support."

Her diary mainly deals with her time in the "Secret Annex." That is the name people have given to the place where Anne was forced to go into hiding. She had to hide there together with her parents, her sister and four other Jewish people. Their lives were in grave danger. It was wartime, and the Netherlands was occupied by the German army. Jewish people were being arrested and sent to concentration camps. Very few ever returned.

Only her father...

After two years, the people in the secret annex were betrayed and arrested. Anne Frank died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. She was fifteen years old. Of the eight people in hiding, only Anne’s father survived the Holocaust. More than 100,000 Dutch Jews were killed in the concentration camps.

"The Secret Annex"

After the war, Anne’s father returned to Amsterdam. Anne’s diary had been saved. He thought that he shouldn’t keep its contents to himself, and had it published as a book called The Secret Annex. Millions of people throughout the world have read the book. Every year, thousands of people come to Amsterdam to visit the Anne Frank House, where Anne was in hiding. They want to see the place where Anne wrote her diary with their own eyes.
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This day in history
Today: 15 November 2018
Then: 16 November 1942

Fritz Pfeffer (Albert Dussel) goes into hiding in the secret annex.

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