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Anne Frank’s Birthday

June 5th 2021| Michael Mountford

Anne Frank’s Birthday

Anne Frank and her family moved to the Netherlands from Germany after Adolf Hitler and the Nazis came to power there in 1933 and made life increasingly difficult for Jews.

In 1942, Anne and her family went into hiding in a secret apartment behind her father’s business in Germanoccupied Amsterdam. The Franks were discovered in 1944 and sent to concentration camps; only Anne’s father survived.


Though German Jewish teenager Anne Frank did not survive the Holocaust, the memoirs from her two years in hiding will live on forever.

Anne Frank’s diary of her family’s time in hiding, first published in 1947, has been translated into almost 70 languages and is one of the most widely read accounts of the Holocaust.

The Diary of Anne Frank Animated Film

There is a huge plethora of movies and TV Mini-series surrounding the heart-wrenching story of Anne Frank and her family during the Nazi occupation. As a personal recommendation, Akinori Nagaoka’s animated masterpiece from 1995 resonates with those who may be of a younger age whilst still delivering the same heart and passion of any real-life portrayal of Anne and her story.

Classroom Display

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make a dedicated display area where the children can pin up their pieces of work all to do with the topic of Anne Frank.

The Anne Frank House

Established on the 3rd of May 1957 in cooperation with Otto Frank. For the past 50+ years, the house that has stood for many years in Amsterdam and held refuge to the Frank Family during a time of great distress has been turned into a museum dedicated to making sure that the story of Anne Frank and her family lives on.

Their website has some incredibly well thought out educational resources which would be perfect for introducing the topic to a class for the first time.

Take a look at their website for more information right here.

Take a digital tour of The Secret Annex; where Anne and the rest of her family hid away from Nazi soldiers. Find out more here.

Read through the historical timeline of the events that lead up to and happened during the Nazi occupation. Find out more here.

A Day in the Secret Annex – Anne Frank House

What was the daily routine of the people hiding in the Secret Annex, how did they fight boredom, and what were the dangers they faced? No two days were the same, but in her diary, Anne tried to describe an average day in the Secret Annex.

Anne Frank Video Diary Trailer – Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank video diary is available to watch on YouTube in fifteen episodes. Luna Cruz Perez plays Anne Frank, sharing her life in the Secret Annex, her thoughts and her feelings with the camera. All characters, locations, and events in the series are based on Anne Frank’s diary letters.

Resources

We have a whole host of resources available to download that you can use to help you teach about Anne Frank. Click here to see all of our Anne Frank resources. Below is just a hand picked selection of resources to help get you started.

Anne Frank Diary Extract With Questions – Life in Amsterdam
Anne Frank Diary Extract With Questions – Going into Hiding
Who Was Anne Frank Comprehension With Questions
Anne Frank Comparison To Now

Have a Great Day!

We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for teaching about Anne Frank.

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added to the topic calendar!)

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