Anne Frank was a Jewish teenager that shared her experience in the renowned work ‘The Diary of Anne Frank while hiding from the Nazis. She became famous after her death when her wartime diary was published. These 40 Anne Marie Facts will introduce you to interesting aspects of her life and diary.
1. “Anne” Frank was a German-born diarist.
2. Anne Frank’s real name was Annelise Marie Frank.
3. Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany.
4. After hearing the speech on the radio by the Dutch education minister, Gerrit Bolkestein, Anne Frank was inspired to publish her diary.
5. Anne’s family were ‘liberal Jews’.
6. Her parents were Otto and Edith Frank.
7. In Dutch, Anne Frank’s secret annex is called Achterhuis.
8. Anne’s father Otto dedicated the rest of his life working for human rights.
9. More than 100,000 copies of the Anne Frank’s diary were sold in Japan.
10. Frank was discovered and arrested by Gestapo on August 4, 1944.
11. The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most widely read books in the world.
12. Anne Frank’s father was an officer in the German army in World War I.
13. Anne wrote a diary while hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse from the Nazis.
14. In 1960, the building at Prinsengracht 263, home to the Secret Annex, opened to the public as a museum devoted to the life of Anne Frank. Her original diary is on display there.
15. The diary has been translated into 70 languages and is one of the most widely read accounts of the Holocaust.
16. Anne Frank was posthumously baptized “by proxy” into Mormonism at least 9 times.
17. Portions of Anne Frank’s diary were removed because she described her intimate parts.
18. Anne called her diary ‘Kitty’.
19. Anne Frank dreamed about becoming an actress.
20. Anne Frank’s sister, Margot, also had a diary that was never found.
21. Anne Frank’s family was denied visas as refugees by the U.S.
22. Anne and Margot were transported from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany on October 1944.
23. Anne Frank’s mother died from starvation.
24. The Diary of Anne Frank is banned in Lebanon for “Exposing Jews, Israel or Zionism favorably”.
25. The Franks were joined in their hiding place by the Van Pels family on 13th July.
26. Victor Kugler and Johannes Kleiman were two of the helpers and were arrested.
27. In 1983, a school in Alabama tried to block Anne’s diary from schools simply because it was a real downer.
28. While hiding, Anne’s family could not go outside. They lived in an annex with eight people in total. They lived in constant fear of what would happen if they were discovered.
29. Anne Frank is on YouTube. She was captured on film while leaning out of her window to get a good look of a wedding.
30. Anne wrote about her thoughts, and about life, in her diary.
31. Approximately one million people go to the Anne Frank House each year.
32. Frank family was transported to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland on September 3, 1944.
33. Anne Frank died from Typhus on March 1945 at age 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
34. Otto Frank wrote Audrey Hepburn asking her to portray his daughter Anne in the movie “The Diary of Anne Frank”. Audrey kindly declined the part.
35. Anne Frank was one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust.