Anne Frank was a Jewish girl, born in Germany in 1929. In 1933, she and her family moved to Amsterdam in the Netherlands to escape the increasing, sinister control of Hitler and the Nazis. When the Netherlands were invaded, Anne and her family were forced to go into hiding to escape the Nazis.
Together with another Jewish family and friend, they hid in the ‘secret annexe’ of Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam. They spent more than two years in hiding, during which time Anne wrote stories and diaries, chronicling the extraordinary situation.
In 1944, all eight fugitives were discovered, arrested and deported to concentration camps. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, was the only one to survive. After her death in Bergen Belsen camp, Anne’s father read and later published her diary leading to global recognition for Anne as an author. It had been her dream.
Anne Frank continues to be at the heart of, and the inspiration behind, all our education work in the UK, and of our international partners. Almost 75 years after her death, Anne’s story and extraordinary talent continue to inspire people around the world.
The Diary of Anne Frank
Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who went into hiding during World War Two to escape persecution from the Nazis. Anne lived in hiding in the secret annex with seven others at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam. After more than two years in hiding, they were discovered and deported to concentration camps. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, was the only one of the eight people in hiding to survive. After her death, Anne became world-famous because of her diary, written whilst in hiding.
The ANNE FRANK Fonds Basel (AFF) is the only organisation directly founded by Otto Frank, Anne’s father and sole survivor of his immediate family. The AFF, a registered Swiss charity, was appointed universal heir by Otto Frank and as such is the owner of the copyrights to her Diaries and other literary works. It is thus responsible together with the publishers it has appointed, for ensuring the integrity of Anne Frank’s literary works. It is also responsible for licensing the rights for film and theatre adaptions of Anne Frank’s works. As determined by Otto Frank the AFF’s revenues are used for charitable purposes principally directed towards combatting anti-Semitism and racism. UNESCO, the children’s charity UNICEF and Project Aladdin in Paris are amongst the organisations it supports. Other organisations bearing the name of Anne Frank although organizationally and legally independent are supported by the AFF. The AFF together with the city of Frankfurt is responsible for the Family Frank Centre where the AFF and family-Frank archives are kept. The trustees of the AFF are non-salaried. Link: