Otto Frank returns 1945

Anne Frank Stichting

After the arrest, Miep had found Anne’s diary together with Bep and kept it for all that time. Hearing of Anne’s death, she gives the diary to Otto, telling him ‘This is your daughter Anne’s legacy.’

The only one

After Auschwitz is liberated, Otto returns to Amsterdam. On his way back, he hears of Edith’s death. Back in Amsterdam, he goes to see Miep and Jan Gies. He hopes Anne and Margot might still be alive, but then discovers that they too did not survive the war. Miep gives him Anne’s diaries. Anne had wanted her diary to be published after the war, and her wish would eventually come true.

Back in Amsterdam During this trip, Otto hears that his wife has died

Otto Frank arrives back in Amsterdam on June 3, 1945. He immediately goes to Miep and Jan Gies’ home.

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Searching for Anne and Margot Otto briefly clings to the hope that his daughters might still be alive

Otto Frank does everything he can to find out what has happened to his two daughters.

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Otto reads Anne's diary He's greatly surprised by his daughter

Otto first mentions the diary to his mother in a letter.

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Anne writes:

Eerste uitgave van het dagboek van Anne Frank

The only one

“Just imagine how interesting it would be if I were to publish a novel about the Secret Annex. The title alone would make people think it was a detective story.”

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Otto's environment

Miep Gies Jan Gies' wife

Miep is a secretary at Otto Frank’s company, Opekta

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Jan Gies Miep Gies' husband

Jan provides the people in the Annex with coupons for food and clothing.

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Jo Kleiman Accountant for Opekta and Pectacon

Always cheerful and upbeat, despite being plagued by stomach ulcers

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Victor Kugler Opekta employee

Victor, with Jo, takes care of security and finances for the people hiding in the Annex.

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Bep Voskuijl Johan Voskuijl’s daughter

Bep is a secretary for Otto's company Pectacon.

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Comments (97)

This is so amazing... I feel bad for Otto but at least there suffering is over. I know all there is to know about Anne Frank but I really want to know more about her and everyone living in the Annex.

Hannah, 14 - Conway - United States - 10 May 2014 Comment on: Otto reads Anne's diary

If it was not for Anne's diary we would not know much about her

Hailey, 10 - Largo - United States - 9 May 2014 Comment on: Otto reads Anne's diary

Anne Frank's life was a terrible tragedy. However, it reminds us of the terrors of war. Anne Frank will always remain a huge inspiration for me, and I wish that she had been able to live to see today.

Yuriko Zhang, 11 - College Point - United States - 27 Apr 2014 Comment on: Searching for Anne and Margot

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