Anne Frank was born into a Jewish family in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on June 12, 1929. When she was four years old, the Nazis came to power, and her family fled to Holland. In May 1940, the Nazis arrived in Amsterdam, forcing the Frank family into hiding.
While hiding in the “Secret Annexe,” the attic of a warehouse where her father had worked, Anne recorded both everyday activities and her innermost thoughts in her diary. She dreamed of becoming an author, never realizing that her diary would be read by millions. The family remained in the attic for over two years before the Nazis discovered them. Anne died of typhus in the German Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, two months before the German Army’s surrender.
After the war, her father returned to their former hiding place, where he discovered her diary and submitted it to a publisher. Translated from the Dutch in 1947, the manuscript was first published in English in 1952 and has subsequently been translated into over thirty other languages.