She has to go to a labour camp in Germany.

Margot Frank is called up

The Call-Up Jews, who are summoned, receive this document from the Central Office of Jewish Emigration: an exact list of what they are allowed to bring with them. It also indicates when they must depart.
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On 5 July 1942, Margot Frank is called up, along with thousands of other Jews in Amsterdam. She has to go to a labour camp in Germany. Otto and Edith have no intention of allowing their daughter to be sent to Nazi Germany.

Anne writes:

“I was stunned. A call-up, everyone knows what that means. Visions of concentration camps and lonely cells raced through my head.”

Everything seems to be fine...

In the weeks following her birthday, Anne writes in her diary at length: about all her classmates, about boys in her class who have a crush on her, over school report cards that are imminent… On July 3, 1942, Anne receives her first report card from the Jewish Lyceum. Anne is fairly satisfied, apart from failing algebra. According to Anne, her parents are not worried about her grades: “As long as I'm healthy and happy and don't talk back too much, they're satisfied.” The summer vacation finally begins. On Saturday, Anne goes with a group of her friends to Oase, an ice-cream parlor that is one of the few places Jews are still allowed to frequent.

A page from Anne's diary, 1942.

... but then comes mail

Anne is lying in the sun reading that next afternoon when the doorbell suddenly rings at 3:00 PM: It is the postman with registered mail for Margot: an official summons. Margot has to report. She is going to be sent to a Nazi work camp in Germany. This call-up is not a complete surprise. There have been rumors in the air for weeks about such a decree.  If Margot doesn’t register, the whole family will be arrested.

A Hectic Evening

The evening of July 5 is extremely hectic. Members of Otto’s staff, who know about the plan, drop by to take as many of the family’s personal possessions to the hiding place.

Final postcard sent by the Frank family to their relatives in Basel. The postmark is dated the same day the Franks left for their hiding place. In the card, they wish Lunni (Otto's sister Leni) a happy birthday, even though her birthday isn't until 8 September. The relatives in Basel understand from the card that they can no longer be in touch, but that the family is safe, and together.

Going into hiding

Very early the next morning, Margot leaves the house first and bicycles with Miep to the hiding place. A half hour later, Otto, Edith and Anne depart. They are wearing as many layers of clothing as possible and each of them carries a bag filled with the family's things. They walk to the hiding place in the pouring rain.

Naturally, Anne brings her diary. Much later, she will look back and write: “My happy-go-lucky, carefree school days are gone forever.”

Margot Frank is called up She has to go to a labour camp in Germany

On 5 July 1942, Margot Frank is called up, along with thousands of other Jews in Amsterdam...


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

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The hiding place A bookcase hides the entrance

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Tension and arguments Sometimes, emotions run high

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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...