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Anne Frank

Holocaust Victim / Writer

Born: 12 June 1929
Died: 31 December 1945 (typhus)
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Best known as: Author of The Diary of Anne Frank

Name at birth: Annelies Marie Frank

Anne Frank is the best-known victim of the Jewish genocide known as the Holocaust, which was ordered by Germany's Adolf Hitler during World War II. When German troops occupied the Netherlands, Frank and her family spent two years hiding from the Nazis in a small set of rooms in Amsterdam, protected by non-Jewish friends. The Franks were finally discovered in August of 1944 and sent to concentration camps; Anne died the next year in a typhus epidemic at the camp at Bergen-Belsen. Her diary was published in 1947 in the Netherlands under the title Het Achterhuis (in English The Annex). The diary was translated into more than 50 languages and sold millions of copies. Now more commonly known as The Diary of Anne Frank, it has remained in print into the 21st century.

Extra credit: A theatrical version of The Diary of Anne Frank opened on Broadway in 1955, winning the Pulitzer Prize. In 1997 a reworked version of the play appeared on Broadway with Natalie Portman playing Anne.

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