Who is Anne?

“ When I write, I can shake off all my cares.”

Anne Frank, April 5, 1944

Born on June 12, 1929, Anne Frank was a German-Jewish teenager who was forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust. She and her family, along with four others, spent over two years during World War II hiding in an annex of rooms above her father’s office in Amsterdam.

Since it was first published in 1947, Anne Frank’s diary has become one of the most powerful memoirs of the Holocaust. Its message of courage and hope in the face of adversity has reached millions. The diary has been translated into 67 languages with over 30 million copies sold. Anne Frank’s story is especially meaningful to young people today. For many she is their first, if not their only exposure to the history of the Holocaust.

After being betrayed to the Nazis, Anne, her family, and the others living with them were arrested and deported to Nazi concentration camps. In March of 1945, nine months after she was arrested, Anne Frank died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen. She was fifteen years old.

Her bravery and legacy live on, however, and she is frequently cited as a model for today.

Resources for Educators

The Center provides a whole host of information and educational tools for use in the classroom. These include downloadable materials for students and teachers, curriculum guides, and required reading. Learn more

More from AnneFrank.org

The history of the House

See content from our partner, the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and learn more about the history of the House.

Check out the Graphic Novel

This animation shows an extract from the new graphic biography of Anne Frank

The Secret 3D Annex

Wander through the hidden furnished rooms and get to know the stories from Anne’s diary.

Timeline

The story of Anne’s life told with exceptional photographs, audio and video clips.