Anne Frank Birthday - 12th June

June 2, 2020

Anne Frank was a child who grew up in Holland and went into hiding during the holocaust.  Holland was invaded on the 10th May 1940 and quickly many anti-Semitic laws were introduced. Anne Frank and her family went into hiding along with another family called the Van Pels. Anne received her diary as a birthday present shortly before they went into hiding.  She began to write in diary of her experiences in hiding, each diary entry began with the words Dear Kitty as if she were writing to an imaginary friend. Anne also wrote short stories and quotations from other books.

On 4th August the Nazis discovered their hiding place and they were all arrested and sent to different camps. Her writing was found by family friends who had been helping them in hiding and it was held on to in case she ever came back. This was not to be the case and Anne sadly died just 2 months before the end of the war.  She was 15 years old.

Her father Otto Frank was the only one who was in hiding that survived the camps and her writing was given to him. When he read it and saw how she wanted it to ‘go on living even after [her] death’ he organised her writing into a diary that was then published.

In 1960 the site of the secret annex in Amsterdam became a museum called the Anne Frank House where the original diary is on display.

There are several activities that children can do to research and remember the life of Anne Frank:

  • Write a newspaper report about the discover of Anne Frank and the other people who hid with her.
  • Use appropriate style and language to write biographical paragraphs about Anne Frank.
  • Write a diary entry as if you are Anne Frank.
  • Use 2Respond to respond to Anne Frank researching why the family had to go into hiding and how you feel about this.

If you choose to use any of these activities on 12th June, we would love to see and share your work. Tweet us  @2SimpleSoftware or @PurpleMash, or on Facebook @2SimpleUK.