The hiding place 1942 - 1944

Anne, like the others, finds it difficult hiding in the Secret Annex. They can never go outside, and always have to be careful. It's very tense. Anne uses her diary to get her frustrations off her chest.

Going into hiding

As well as the Frank family there are four other Jews in the Secret Annex: Hermann and Auguste van Pels with their son Peter, and Fritz Pfeffer. Four of Otto’s employees help them. Everyone lives in constant fear of discovery. And it’s certainly not easy for eight people to live in such close quarters.

In hiding No one knows how long they’ll have to stay hidden

Not being able to go outside upsets me more than I can say, and I'm terrified our hiding place will be discovered and that…


The hiding place A bookcase hides the entrance

The hiding place at 263 Prinsengracht is relatively spacious. There is enough room for two families.


Tension and arguments Sometimes, emotions run high

Eight people, living in extremely cramped quarters, in a stifling Secret Annex… the tension is unbearable...


Daily activities Reading and studying help pass the time

The people in hiding are on a tight schedule.


The war rages on The helpers, and the radio, deliver updates

'Today I have nothing but dismal and depressing news to report...


Anne Frank Timeline

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Anne wrote:

Cooped up

“The sun is shining, the sky is deep blue, there's a magnificent breeze, and I’m longing - really longing– for everything: conversation, freedom, friends, being alone.”

To the Anne Frank Tree

Annes surroundings

Otto Frank Anne and Margot's father, Edith's husband

Otto sets up a business in the Netherlands. After that, his family can come over too.


Edith Frank Anne and Margot's mother, Otto's wife

Edith has trouble settling down in the Netherlands.


Peter van Pels Hermann and Auguste's son

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


Bep Voskuijl Johan Voskuijl’s daughter

Bep is a secretary for Otto's company Pectacon.


Comments (401)

why did Hitler believe that Jews were bad

ally, 34 - 5321 - Uzbekistan - 23 Apr 2014 Comment on: Others went into hiding too

Amazing how Anne put up with this for so long. She and her family must have had one of the biggest struggles a family could have. In my mind i believe this was on of the bravest families i have ever read off. A must read book and a heartbreaking one.

Jake Kawa, 14 - Chicago, Illinois - United States - 23 Apr 2014 Comment on: Tension and arguments

her diary is remarkable

Blah Johnson, 18 - speedway - United Kingdom - 21 Apr 2014 Comment on: In hiding

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