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.