Anne Frank's Diary

Oh, hey, Amy. Almost didn't notice you. How's it going in 1945?

Whaddya mean, how's it goin???
I'm still waitin' for you to transport me to 2017!
*hair flip*


Well, to be completely honest with you, ... there's been a slight ... delay.

Actually, yes.

So, I'm afraid you are going to have to simply blend in with the people of 1945. Talk about mid-century things with them. Adhere to the culture of the time.
Doesn't sound too difficult to me. 

Ya, well I've kinda already tried that 'cause they feel sorry for me. They think I'm wonky not knowing where I live, so they gave me a job helpin' out in the kitchen.

Sooo, I tried to talk about somethin' I learned about World War II, and it came into my brain all sudden-like: Anne Frank's diary! 

Ya know, how her and her family were hiding behind the bookcase in Amsterdam and all that stuff.

Yes, I am  aware of Anne Frank and all that stuff.

But of course the people of 1945 have no idea about Anne Frank's diary. It won't be published the first time until 1947.

Anne's parents bought her a diary for her 13th birthday. Her first entry was written to an imaginary friend named Kitty: "I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support."

Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany on June 12th, 1929.

At the age of almost five, she moved with her family to Amsterdam when the Nazis had control over Germany.

Because of the persecution toward the people of the Jewish faith, the Frank family was forced into hiding after a summons was received telling them to report to a Nazi work camp in Germany.

It is here where Anne and her family spent  two years in the Secret Annex.

Reconstruction of the bookcase that covered the entrance.

During the two years that Anne and her family lived in hiding from the Nazis, she wrote detailed entries every day, perhaps out of boredom after having to remain silent during the day.
As well as the Frank family, four other people of the Jewish faith lived with them, the van Pels and Fritz Pfeffer.

Anne's father, Otto Frank, was a business man, and the employees of his company helped everyone hiding in the Secret Annex - they supplied them with food as well as the emotional support so badly needed.


On August 4th, 1944, the Secret Annex was invaded by police officers who proceeded to arrest everyone. They were transferred to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland on September 3rd, 1944, after a three day journey.

When Anne and her sister, Margot, both became ill with typhus, it was the spring of 1945. Both died within one day of the other. At the time of her death, Anne Frank was 15 years  old.

This is the cover of Anne Frank's diary. A diary that leaves behind an amazing legacy.

Anne dreamed of becoming a journalist, writing in her diary on Wednesday April 5th, 1944 ...

"I finally realized that I must do my schoolwork to keep from being ignorant, to get on in life, to become a journalist, because that's what I want! I know I can write ... but it remains to be seen whether I really have talent ..."

Anne Frank   Amsterdam   Museum of Wax Figures