The Frank family prepare the hiding place.

Preparing to go into hiding

Anne Frank Stichting
Stove Otto, Edith and Margot Frank’s room.
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In 1937 the Frank family tries to leave The Netherlands and emigrate to Great Britain and in 1938 and 1941 to the U.S.A. but fail. Eventually it becomes so dangerous for them in The Netherlands that they go into hiding. Otto and Edith Frank are prepared. They have been arranging a secret hiding place and had already planned to go into hiding with their daughters on July 16. Due to Margot's call-up, the planned date is now moved much closer.


In hiding

The Frank family, together with the Van Pels family and Fritz Pfeffer, went into hiding for two years.


Secret Hiding Place

The secret hiding place is nearly ready when Margot receives her call up. The next day the Frank family leave for the hiding place. They think it is too dangerous to wait any longer.

The Frank family will go into hiding in an empty section of the company premises.

The house behind Otto’s office

It is Jo Kleiman’s idea to make the house behind Otto’s office into a hiding place.

The hiding place is not only for the Franks but also for the Van Pels family: Hermann and Auguste and their son Peter. Hermann van Pels works in Otto Frank’s business.

The Secret Annex where the Frank family will go into hiding.

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Preparing to go into hiding The Frank family prepare the hiding place

The hiding place is located in the empty part of Otto Frank's office building at 263 Prinengracht.