Anne Frank was a Jewish girl born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1929. Her family fled to Amsterdam when the Nazi party came to power in 1933. In hiding from the Nazis during World War II, Anne kept a diary of her experiences. After being discovered by the Nazis, Anne died at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at age 15.

Early life

Anne grew up in a middle-class Jewish family in Frankfurt, Germany. Her father owned a business that manufactured and sold spices and her mother stayed at home to care for Anne and her older sister Margot.

Life in Amsterdam

In 1933, after Hitler came to power, Anne’s family fled to Amsterdam where they lived with relatives. While living there, Anne attended school and made new friends but ultimately had to go into hiding when the Nazis began rounding up Jews.

Hiding place

Anne went into hiding with her parents and sister Margot in an annex behind her father’s business office building. They were joined by another family, making eight people living together in secret for two years.


During this time, Anne wrote extensively about their life in hiding as well as personal thoughts and feelings she had growing up. She often addressed her entries as letters to an imaginary friend named Kitty.

Discovery and death

Tragically, after being betrayed by an informant who revealed their location, the Franks were discovered by the Nazis on August 4th, 1944. They were taken to different concentration camps where Anne eventually died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen camp just weeks before it was liberated by allied forces.


Despite only living for fifteen years, Anne left behind an incredible legacy through her writing which has been published as “The Diary of a Young Girl”. It serves as both a personal account of one girl’s experience during WWII and also serves as a reminder of what can happen when prejudice and hatred go unchecked. Today, her diary is considered an essential historical document and Anne Frank has become a symbol of hope, courage, and resilience during one of the darkest periods in human history.


Anne Frank’s story serves as a stark reminder of the atrocities committed by humanity against one another during WWII. Her unrelenting love for life and belief that “in spite of everything, people are truly good at heart” remains a source of inspiration for many today.