Anne Frank at the Jewish Lyceum
Anne Frank smiles for the school photographer.
This photo was taken in December 1941, Anne is twelve years old.
By order of the Nazis, Jewish children are no longer allowed to attend regular schools. Special schools are set up for them. Jewish teachers who have lost their jobs because Jews are not allowed to work for the civil service are employed in these Jewish schools.
Despite the difficult situation many pupils have happy memories of the Jewish Lyceum. The teachers were good and despite everything they felt safe.
In her diary Anne writes about saying goodbye to her Mrs Kuperus, her teacher at the elementary school: ‘ A the end of the year we were both in tears as we said a heartbreaking farewell, because I’d been accepted at the Jewish Lyceum, where Margot also went to school.’ (20 June, 1942)
At the Jewish Lyceum Anne is known as a funny girl who likes to be the centre of attention. Anne gets on well with all her teachers. Only her math teacher, Mr. Keesing, is sometimes angry with her because she’s always chattering in his lessons. As punishment Anne has to write an essay with the title ‘”Quack, Quack, Quack, ‘Said Mistress Chatterback”.’ for him. Anne writes a poem which makes everyone laugh, including Mr. Keesing. From then on he calls her ‘Mistress Chatterback’.
Her sister Margot is also photographed along with many other classmates.