Anne Frank is a name that stands out and remains popular when talking about Holocaust victims.
Through her writings and diary, the world learned not only about the girl and her family, but also about the events that unfolded in one of the most tragic periods in history.
Below are some interesting facts about Anne Frank everyone should know:
1. Anne Frank’s favorite chestnut still lives
Anne Frank usually mentioned his beloved chestnut tree in his diary. The saplings were acquired from the tree in 2009 and planted across the United States in 11 different locations, one of which is in United States Capitol Lawn of the west facade.
While the tree itself perished in 2010, her saplings remain silent witnesses to the teenager’s bravery, creativity and love for the entire world around her.
2. Anne went into hiding for two full years
It was only three weeks after receiving the newspaper that Anne’s sister was ordered to report to a Nazi labor camp located in Germany. It was then that his family decided to go into hiding, living in several empty areas of the work building.
This is where his father served as a behind-the-scenes work partner because, as a Jew, he was not allowed to own a business. The family hid for two full years in the dark dampness of the abandoned area of the building.
3. Anne’s father had his diary published
Otto, Anne’s father, received his diary after returning from the camp. One of his partners found him and rescued him. At first Otto couldn’t read it but by the time he did he couldn’t believe the written words. He saw another side of Anne and immediately worked to publish the diary.
It wasn’t until three years after the fateful day of betrayal that Anne’s newspaper was published for the very first time.
4. Letters make up most of the diary
While Anne Frank addressed some of his diary letters to several people, Kitty is the best-known figure. Some people assume that Anne Frank was writing to a pre-war friend, but some believe she was referring to her favorite books.
Anne’s friend who survived a concentration camp said she didn’t believe it was her Anne Frank wrote during those dark days.
5. The person who betrayed Anne’s family remains unknown
It was August 1944 when a secret police agent from Germany and four Dutch Nazi officers raided the building where Anne’s family was hiding, which led to the arrest of everyone found in the building.
The information about the fate of the family was made by an anonymous person and to this day the traitor remains unknown. Anne was taken to Westerbork Camp and Auschwitz later. It was then that the family was separated from Otto and he never saw his wife and daughters again.
Despite being a death camp, the Frank sisters survived for a few months doing hard labor in harsh conditions. They carried grass mats and heavy stones and sent without their mother to Bergen-Belsen. Their mother, without her daughters, later fell ill and died shortly after the girls were transferred.