The Anne Frank House has recently acquired some lovely photos of Anne’s mother when she was young. A good reason to dedicate an exhibition to her. It can be seen until mid-March 2012 in the Anne Frank House.
Edith Frank-Holländer 1900-1945
Most people know little more about Anne Frank’s mother than what her daughter wrote about her. And that isn’t always flattering. Going into hiding tested the relationship between mother and daughter.
Edith Holländer was born on 16 January 1900 in Aachen, the fourth child of a well-off religious Jewish family.
Edith and Otto
On 12 May 1925 Edith marries Otto Frank, eleven years her senior.
Emigration to the Netherlands
When Hitler comes to power in 1933, the family emigrates to Amsterdam.
In hiding, arrest and camps
In the Netherlands too the Frank family do not escape persecution by the Nazis.
, 8 February 1944
She hasn’t told me anything about herself, and I’ve never asked her to. What do we know of each other’s thoughts?
Recently acquired photos give us a glimpse of Edith’s life before she was married. We see a cheerful young woman, beautifully dressed, enjoying herself at parties and trips to the seaside. Later, after the birth of Margot and Anne, she still seems happy and full of confidence in the future.
Edith Holländer, around 1920
The forced emigration to the Netherlands put an end to this carefree time. Edith just couldn’t get used to life in Amsterdam. Here too the Frank family did not escape persecution by the Nazis. Edith died on 6 January 1945 in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Edith Frank and her daughters at the Hauptwache, a square in Frankfurt. The picture was taken in 1933, shortly before their immigration to the Netherlands.