March 31, 1898
Born in Gehrde near Osnabrück (Germany) as the son of a Dutch father and a German mother.
December 5, 1925
Hermann marries Auguste (Gusti) Röttgen.
November 8, 1926
Their son Peter is born.
July 26, 1937
The van Pels family leave for the Netherlands.
Hermann van Pels becomes a partner in Otto Frank’s business.
July 13, 1942
The van Pels family go into hiding in the secret annex.
August 4, 1944
The people in hiding are arrested.
August 8, 1944
The people in hiding are sent to the Westerbork transit camp (the Netherlands).
September 3, 1944
The people in hiding are deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp (occupied Poland).
September 6, 1944
Arrival at Auschwitz. Hermann survives the first selection. A few weeks later he is sent to the gas chambers.