The fate of the people in hiding
The front gate of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
Every man and woman receives a number, which is tatooed on their arm. Their heads are completely shaven. They receive prison-camp clothes, because they are not allowed to keep their own clothes. The men are placed in one part of the camp, the women in another. The men end up in the main camp Auschwitz I, one and a half kilometers away. The women remain in Auschwitz-Birkenau (Auschwitz II).
The fate of the men
Otto Frank, Fritz Pfeffer and Hermann and Peter van Pels manage to stay together. Most prisoners have to perform heavy labor digging trenches. Peter is luckier: he is assigned to the camp post office. Guards and non-Jews may receive mail. Because Peter handles the packages that arrive, he is sometimes able to “arrange” a bit of extra food.More
The fate of the women
After their arrival and selection at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Edith, Margot and Anne stay together in a barrack. Auguste van Pels is most likely sent to a different part of the camp. During the day, the women have to work very hard hauling heavy stones or grass mats. They often have to stand outside for hours on end to be counted for roll-call, no matter how awful the weather conditions might be.More
The last days of Margot and Anne Frank
As the Russian armies advance towards Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland, the Nazis evacuate as many of their prisoners as possible to Germany, especially those still capable of slave labour. Margot and Anne Frank are selected for a transport to Bergen-Belsen. They depart for Bergen-Belsen by train, in overcrowded cattle wagons, in the night of 1 November 1944. Their mother Edith remains in Auschwitz.More