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Anne Frank

Anne Frank in 1940
Anne Frank in 1940

Born

Annelies or Anneliese Marie Frank12 June 1929 Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany

Died

February or March 1945 Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Eastern Hanover, Germany

Resting place

Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Lower Saxony, Germany

Occupation

Diarist

Language

Dutch

Citizenship

  • German until 1941
  • Stateless from 1941

Notable work

The Diary of a Young Girl

Relatives

  • Otto Frank
  • Edith Frank
  • Margot Frank
  • Buddy Elias

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Annelies Marie Frank ; 12 June 1929 – February or March 1945), commonly known as Anne Frank , was a German-born Jewish diarist. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl , in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It is one of the world's best known books and has been the basis for several plays and films.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, Netherlands, having moved there with her family at the age of four and a half when the Nazis gained control over Germany. Born a German national, she lost her citizenship in 1941 and thus became stateless. By May 1940, the Franks were trapped in Amsterdam by the German occupation of the Netherlands. As persecutions of the Jewish population increased in July 1942, the Franks went into hiding in some concealed rooms behind a bookcase in the building where Anne's father, Otto Frank, worked. From then until the family's arrest by the Gestapo in August 1944, she kept a diary she had received as a birthday present, and wrote in it regularly. Following their arrest, the Franks were transported to concentration camps. In October or November 1944, Anne and her sister, Margot, were transferred from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they died a few months later. They were originally estimated by the Red Cross to have died in March, with Dutch authorities setting 31 March as their official date of death, but research by the Anne Frank House in 2015 suggests they more likely died in February.

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Nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. - Anne Frank

Nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Anne Frank

progress ambition
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be. - Anne Frank

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.

Anne Frank

alone best god nature
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. - Anne Frank

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

Anne Frank

beauty
I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. - Anne Frank

I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.

Anne Frank

beauty
In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death. - Anne Frank

In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.

Anne Frank

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I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery and death... I think... peace and tranquillity will return again. - Anne Frank

I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery and death... I think... peace and tranquillity will return again.

Anne Frank

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Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. - Anne Frank

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.

Anne Frank

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Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. - Anne Frank

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.

Anne Frank

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How true Daddy's words were when he said: all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. - Anne Frank

How true Daddy's words were when he said: all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.

Anne Frank

good
Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! - Anne Frank

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!

Anne Frank

good great love
And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if there weren't any other people living in the world. - Anne Frank

And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if there weren't any other people living in the world.

Anne Frank

good
It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. - Anne Frank

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.

Anne Frank

good
I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. - Anne Frank

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.

Anne Frank

good
Whoever is happy will make others happy too. - Anne Frank

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.

Anne Frank

inspirational
I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out. - Anne Frank

I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.

Anne Frank

time
I live in a crazy time. - Anne Frank

I live in a crazy time.

Anne Frank

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