What Is the Story of Anne Frank?


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"The Diary of Anne Frank" was written by a young Jewish girl who hid in a secret annex in Amsterdam during World War II. While she was in hiding, Frank kept a diary of short stories and daily events in the annex.

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What Is the Story of Anne Frank?
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Frank and her family went into hiding in July 1942 after her sister Margot received orders to report to a German work camp. They lived in an annex built into their father Otto's former office for two years with four other people. Before they went into hiding, Frank received a diary as a gift and used it to recount her life throughout the time in the annex, as well as quotes from her favorite authors and creative writing.

In 1944, the annex was discovered and its inhabitants were sent to Auschwitz. Anne and Margot died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp from typhus. In 1945 Otto returned to Amsterdam, where Miep Gies, one of the people who had helped the families hide, gave him his daughter's diary and other papers she had salvaged from the annex.

Otto published "The Diary of Anne Frank" in 1947. Since its release, it has been translated into more than 70 languages and has sold more than 30 million copies.

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