Jews could not serve in the military.
Jews could not ride bicycles.
Jews could not own businesses.
Jews could not attend schools with non-Jews.
Books by authors such as
Jack London, Helen Keller,
and Albert Einstein were
burned because the Nazis
said they contained “unGerman” ideas.
Because of the troubles,
the Frank family fled to
Amsterdam, the capital of
The Netherlands (“Holland”),
when she was 5 years old.
By her 13th birthday,
the Germans had taken over
Poland, Denmark, France,
Norway, and Romania.
Once the Germans invaded The Netherlands,
the Frank family went into hiding with the
Van Pels family and Fritz Pfeffer.
Their “Secret Annex” was located beside a
canal, hidden behind the offices of Mr. Frank’s
Meanwhile, Hitler’s armies continued to ravage
and its people. Millions were put to death
in the Nazi effort to create a “pure” Aryan race.
220,000 – 1,500,000
200,000 – 250,000
Soviet Prisoners of War
2,000,000 – 3,000,000
1,800,000 – 2,000,000
5,000 – 15,000
2,500 – 5,000
While in hiding,
Anne recorded her fears,
hopes, and experiences
in her diary.
She filled the walls
of her room with
pictures of movie stars.
After two years in hiding, the residents of the Secret Annex
were discovered and sent to concentration camps.
Only Mr. Frank – and Anne’s diary – survived.
Through the words in her diary, Anne Frank has
become a symbol for the lost promise of the children
who died in the Holocaust.
“In spite of everything, I still believe that people
are really good at heart.”
The Diary of a Young Girl