Otto Frank returns 1945

Anne Frank Stichting

After the arrest, Miep had found Anne’s diary together with Bep and kept it for all that time. Hearing of Anne’s death, she gives the diary to Otto, telling him ‘This is your daughter Anne’s legacy.’

The only one

After Auschwitz is liberated, Otto returns to Amsterdam. On his way back, he hears of Edith’s death. Back in Amsterdam, he goes to see Miep and Jan Gies. He hopes Anne and Margot might still be alive, but then discovers that they too did not survive the war. Miep gives him Anne’s diaries. Anne had wanted her diary to be published after the war, and her wish would eventually come true.

Back in Amsterdam During this trip, Otto hears that his wife has died

Otto Frank arrives back in Amsterdam on June 3, 1945. He immediately goes to Miep and Jan Gies’ home.

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Searching for Anne and Margot Otto briefly clings to the hope that his daughters might still be alive

Otto Frank does everything he can to find out what has happened to his two daughters.

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Otto reads Anne's diary He's greatly surprised by his daughter

Otto first mentions the diary to his mother in a letter.

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Anne writes:

Eerste uitgave van het dagboek van Anne Frank

The only one

“Just imagine how interesting it would be if I were to publish a novel about the Secret Annex. The title alone would make people think it was a detective story.”

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Otto's environment

Miep Gies Jan Gies' wife

Miep is a secretary at Otto Frank’s company, Opekta

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Jan Gies Miep Gies' husband

Jan provides the people in the Annex with coupons for food and clothing.

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Jo Kleiman Accountant for Opekta and Pectacon

Always cheerful and upbeat, despite being plagued by stomach ulcers

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Victor Kugler Opekta employee

Victor, with Jo, takes care of security and finances for the people hiding in the Annex.

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Bep Voskuijl Johan Voskuijl’s daughter

Bep is a secretary for Otto's company Pectacon.

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Comments (100)

it's very interesting i love it and good job.

fana, 19 - ca - South Africa - 13 Sep 2014 Comment on: Otto reads Anne's diary

thanks a lot Miep Gies for taking care of Anne's diary.

lakshmipriya, 17 - chengannur - India - 2 Aug 2014 Comment on: Otto reads Anne's diary

I can't imagine how hard all of this was for Otto.I am intensely so interested in things of the past, and for some reason, WW2 caught so much of my attention it was hard to look away, but I know I cannot even begin to understand how hard this was for all of those people. I know the movie of Anne Frank only gives a small glimpse of how things happened. But the one scene that broke me down was when Otto returned to the hiding place with the pages upon pages of his daughter's writings and the diary(i wont ruin it for you) that was the most intense thing i've ever seen,it's burned into my mind.

Melissa , 22 - Hudsonville - United States - 28 Jul 2014 Comment on: Otto reads Anne's diary

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