Life in Germany 1925 - 1933

Jews face increasing danger in Germany. In March 1933, when Anne is four years old, her parents decide to emigrate to the Netherlands.


After getting married, Otto and Edith Frank settle in Frankfurt. They soon have children: Margot in 1926, and Anne in 1929. Those first few years are happy ones, but the economic crisis empowers Hitler’s NSDAP. In 1933, Hitler takes over as leader of the German government. Otto and Edith Frank are deeply worried. The persecution of the Jews and the economic crisis cause huge problems. They look for a means of escape.

Happy years Life in Germany is good at first

Otto Frank and Edith Holländer are married in Aachen on May 12, 1925...


Crisis and anti-Semitism Jews are made scapegoats for all of Germany’s problems

In the 1920s, Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) is a small political splinter group...


Emigration plans Germany becomes too dangerous for the Frank family

Otto and Edith Frank look for ways of leaving Germany...


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Anne writes:

Living in Germany

"My father, the most adorable father I've ever seen, didn't marry my mother until he was thirty-six and she was twenty-five. My sister Margot was born in Frankfurt am Main in Germany in 1926. I was born on June 12, 1929."

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Anne's surroundings

Otto Frank Anne and Margot's father, Edith's husband

Otto sets up a business in the Netherlands. After that, his family can come over too.


Edith Frank Anne and Margot's mother, Otto's wife

Edith has trouble settling down in the Netherlands.


Margot Frank Daughter of Otto and Edith, sister of Anne

Otto and Edith’s daughter, Anne’s sister Margot is a quiet, serious girl who enjoys studying.


Comments (120)

Hitler is a jerk

Jackie , 24 - New York City - United Kingdom - 27 Mar 2014 Comment on: Crisis and anti-Semitism

Anne Frank's life was such an eventful one in terms of the war, and her detail in her diary was so descriptive, that one could picture the events in their own minds.

Sean, 13 - London - United Kingdom - 24 Mar 2014 Comment on: Emigration plans

You have a grown man who obviously believes that whatever he does is the responsibility of others and many other believers of this as well.Then you have a little girl, A LITTLE GIRL, who says htat parents can only point their children in the right direction and it is up to that child to go there. Again she is a 13 year old lady. If a young girl can come to this conclusion surely an adult male in his 50s knows this. But as people you don't listen.I'm sorry for my Annelies but this isn't the first time something like this has happened. Who would you listen to a "the musings of a little girl" or a 'fully grown madman in his 50s?

Ruby C, 25 - Fort Worth - United States - 11 Mar 2014 Comment on: Crisis and anti-Semitism

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