Anne Franks’ 88 Birthday
Although she tragically lived only 15 years, Anne Frank has had a profound influence on humanity. Her diaries, with her beautiful articulation of feeling and emotions during her time in hiding, have become a symbol of Human spirit.
- For her 13th birthday, Anne Frank received a book she had shown her father in a shop window a few days earlier. She decided she would use it as a diary.
- Anne Frank wrote most of her diary in the form of letters to a person named “Kitty.”
- Anne Frank’s family was denied visas by the U.S. because of stricter immigration policies.
- Anne Frank’s sister, Margot, also had a diary. It was never found.
- Anne Frank was educated in a Montessori school – known for enhancing creativity.
- Otto Frank wrote Audrey Hepburn asking her to portray his daughter Anne in the movie “The Diary of Anne Frank”. Hepburn kindly declined the part.
- Famous Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal tracked down Karl Silberbauer, the Austrian Police officer that brought to Anne’s arrest – but he was not prosecuted as a war criminal by Austrian authorities. Anne’s father Otto testified that Silberbauer had “only done his duty and behaved correctly” and only asked to “never see this man again”.