10 Facts About Anne Frank. Annelies Marie Frank (Frankfurt, 12 June 1929) was a German teenager of Jewish origin, victim of the Holocaust. She became one of the most discussed figures in history after the posthumous release of Anne Frank’s Diary (1947), in which she documented her experiences while living hidden in hidden company rooms during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.
Even after decades, the girl remains extremely relevant to understand the cruelties of World War II, and has just won another movie, Anne Frank, My Best Friend, which arrived on Netflix last Tuesday (01). But who really was Anne Frank? Check out the list below 10 interesting facts and curiosities about the girl’s life that will help you to know a little more about Anne Frank.
10 Facts About the Life of Anne Frank
- The gift Anne got on her 13th birthday was actually a book to collect autographs. Anne thought it would be more useful to make a diary of it. When the pages were out, she filled in two more notebooks and about 360 loose sheets of paper.
- When Anne Frank moved with her family into hiding in her father’s office building, World War II had been going on for approximately three years. The place known as the “Secret Annex” was at the rear of the two-story building where the office managed by Otto Frank was located. In addition to him, his wife and two daughters, his partner Hermann Van Pels and their family also hid there.
- Anne Frank’s diary, originally written in Dutch and published in 1947 in the Netherlands as Het Achterhuis: Dagboekbrieven 12 Juni 1942-1 Augustus 1944 , had an initial print run of just 1,500 copies but has since become a phenomenon. It has been translated into more than 60 languages – from Albanian to Welsh – including Farsi, Arabic, Sinhalese and Esperanto. In 2009, it was added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
- The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam – Anne’s hideout during WWII – is also the most visited site in the Netherlands, and now Anne has her own unofficial Facebook page. Children all over the world continue to write letters to Anne as if she were her friend.
- Anne wrote in the form of letters to a person named Kitty. Scholars differ on the true identity of this character. For some, she is a school friend. For others, she is a character from one of the author’s favorite books.
- Anneliese Marie Frank, known as ‘Anne’ to her friends and family, was born in Frankfurt on June 12, 1929. She was the second youngest child of an assimilated Jewish family. Her sister, Margot Betti Frank, who was three years older than Anne, was considered the more studious of the sisters and also wrote a diary at the time.
- Anne and her family were found through an anonymous tip. To this day, it is not known for sure who revealed the Frank family’s hideout.
- Anne’s 14th and 15th birthdays were spent in the annex, but she still received gifts from other residents of the hideout and her helpers in the outside world. Among these gifts were several books, including a book on Greek and Roman mythology that Anne received for her 14th birthday, as well as a poem written by her father, part of which she copied in her journal.
- Anne died in the concentration camp, but not in a gas chamber. Anne died of typhus three days after her sister passed away. The camp was liberated by English troops two weeks later.
- While in hiding, Anne hoped that one day she would be able to go back to school and dreamed of spending a year in Paris and another in London. She wanted to study art history and become fluent in different languages while seeing “beautiful dresses” and “doing all sorts of interesting things”. According to her diary, she wanted to become “a journalist and later a famous writer” (Thursday, May 11, 1944).