Otto Frank goes to Amsterdam ahead of his family.

A new start

No. 400 Singel Otto Frank's personnel in front of the office at 400 Singel. From left to right: Miep Gies, Isa Monas, Henk van Beusekom, Hetty Levi and Victor Kugler.
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'In the Netherlands, after those experiences in Germany, it was as if our life was restored to us. In those days it was possible for us to start over and to feel free.' -- Otto Frank

Anne writes:

“Because we're Jewish, my father immigrated to Holland in 1933, where he became the Managing Director of the Dutch Opekta Company, which manufactures products used in making jam.”

Opekta

On September 15, 1933, he registers Opekta with the Chamber of Commerce. He finds temporary housing for himself at 24 Stadionkade and a space for his business at 120 Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, in the center of Amsterdam.

Edith looks for a house

While Otto is busy setting up his company, Edith, Margot and Anne stay behind in Germany with Grandmother Holländer who lives in Aachen.  In the autumn, Edith commutes between Aachen and Amsterdam to look for living quarters for the family. She finds the family their new home on Merwedeplein in November.

The Merwedeplein in Amsterdam.

Margot comes to the new house

In December, Julius and Walter Holländer, Edith’s two brothers, bring Margot to Amsterdam. Anne wants to come too, but has to stay with her grandmother a bit longer.  “Rosa [Grandmother] will have a hard time to keep her there for another couple of weeks," writes Edith in a letter to Gertrud Naumann, their former neighbourhood babysitter in Frankfurt am Main.

AFS_A_OFrank_III_002.001.jpgIn the Netherlands, after those experiences in Germany, it was as if our life was restored to us.  In those days it was possible for us to start over and to feel free.

Otto Frank

Anne as a Birthday Present

On 4 January 1934, Margot starts attending the Jeker School, near the Merwedeplein. A few weeks later Anne arrives in The Netherlands, and she ‘(…)I was plonked down on the table as a birthday present for Margot.” (Anne Frank, 20 June 1942). The family is reunited.

Take a look at the city where the Frank family lived.
Anne Frank and Sanne Ledermann Photo of Anne Frank and her friend Sanne (left) on the Merwedeplein. Amsterdam, 1935.

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