Auguste van Pels

Auguste is born on 29 September 1900 in Buer near Osnabrück, Germany. Miep Gies describes Auguste as stylish and coquettish. The Van Pels family provides ample excitement, which can sometimes be fun but there are also a lot of major arguments. Mrs Van Pels is the cook of the house. She likes discussing politics, and invariably gets into arguments with her husband.

To the Secret Annex with a chamberpot

Describing her arrival at the Secret Annex, Anne writes: "Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan came half an hour later. Much to our amusement, Mrs. Van Daan was carrying a hatbox with a large chamber pot inside. 'I just don't feel at home without my chamber pot,' she exclaimed, and it was the first item to find a permanent place under the divan".


September 29, 1900

Born in Buer near Osnabrück (Germany).

December 5, 1925

Auguste marries Hermann van Pels. She becomes a Dutch citizen, because by law women automatically take on the nationality of their husbands.

November 8, 1926

Their son Peter is born.

June 26, 1937

The van Pels family leave for the Netherlands.

July 13, 1942

The van Pels family go into hiding in the secret annex

August 4, 1944

The people in hiding are arrested.

September 3, 1944

Deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp (in German-occupied Poland).

September 6, 1944

Arrival at Auschwitz. Auguste survives the selection.

November 26, 1944

Mrs van Pels is sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany with a group of eight women.

February 6, 1945

Deportation to Raguhn (a subcamp of Buchenwald, Germany).

April 9, 1945

Transported to Theresienstadt (Czechoslovakia).

First half of April 1945

Auguste van Pels dies.

Hermann van Pels Father of Peter, husband of Auguste

Peter’s father, Auguste’s husband Hermann gets irritable when he runs out of cigarettes .


Peter van Pels Hermann and Auguste's son

Peter is a quiet boy who likes to work with his hands.


Anne writes:

***“If you analyze the discussions, you realize she's not the subject, but the guilty party! … Stirring up trouble, now that's what [she] calls fun. Stirring up trouble between Mrs. Frank and Anne. Margot and Mr. [Frank] aren't quite as easy. One, she's hard working; two, cheerful; three, coquettish - and sometimes a cute face. That’s Auguste van Pels.”