Previously published in Examiner
Part 4 of the Anne Frank series
Annelies Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankford Am Main, Weimar, Germany. She lived in Amsterdam until her demise. The family moved to the Netherlands after the Nazis came to power in 1933. By 1940 the situation was no better in the Netherlands for Jewish people and the family went into hiding in 1942. They lived in the hidden rooms of the father’s office building. Two years later they were found out and sent to the women were sent to Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. Both Anne and her sister, Margot died of typhus within days of each other, seven months after the transfer. Anne was 15 at the time.
The family was not even ultra religious and still these atrocities happened to them. Otto Frank was a German officer during World War I, however, antisemitism reared its ugly head during World War II. The Franks’ were liberal Jews and Anne had friends that were Jewish and Christian. Otto associated with Jews and the rest of the community alike before the Holocaust. They were basically an average family.
Later during her two year stay in hiding, a dentist friend of the father, by the name of Fritz Pfeffer and the Van Pels family joined them. At first Anne did not like the young Peter, but then had a brief romance with him. He gave her her first kiss and as circumstances would have it, he was the only boy to do that.
The romance ended and Anne formed a close relationship with the helpers (employees trusted with the information about their whereabouts) who would come to bring them food and news of what was happening in the outside world. Anne enjoyed their visits.
Anne wrote about her relationships with her family members. At the beginning she was jealous of her older sister, but as Anne matured the sisters got closer. Anne had the best relationship with her father and not a very good relationship with her mother.
Imagine the psychological turmoil and fear felt by these families in hiding who did not see the light of day or felt the fresh air. It is a wonder they did not get physically ill as well.
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