• Who is Anne Frank?

    Anne Frank Annelius Marie Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 12, 1929. In 1933, Anne's father moved to Amsterdam. With the 1940 invasion by the Nazis, deportations and anti-Jewish measures increased, and on July 6, 1942, the family moved into the "Secret Annex," a hidden, four-room attic space where they remained in hiding until August 3, 1944.

    During that time, Anne kept a diary containing the fears, hopes and daily existence of the family. Her final entry was August 1, 1944, two days prior to their discovery by Nazi troops. Anne and her sister Margot died at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in March, just two months before the liberation of the camp by Allied troops. At the time of her death, Anne was fifteen years old.

    The Diary of Anne Frank has been read by millions worldwide and has been printed in 52 languages. It is considered the classic text for children learning about the Holocaust, the results of totalitarianism, scapegoating, discrimination, prejudice, and the essential need for freedoms which are protected by the United States and Texas Constitutions, including freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

    In her diary Anne wrote:

    "In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the suffering of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think peace and tranquility will return again."

    Anne Frank Elementary is the only school in Texas named after a child and the only school in the United States named after Anne Frank. 

    Anne Frank In 2004, Anne Frank Elementary was visited by Anne's step sister, Eva Schloss. Eva's mother married Otto Frank in 1953 and was his partner in publishing the diary of Anne worldwide.

    Read about Eva's Story and her visit to the school.

    For more information about Anne Frank visit these sites (appropriate for young children):

    www.annefrank.com
    www.afet.org.uk