A snapshot biography of Anne Frank

Black and white photograph of Anne Frank with dark, shoulder-length hair with a side part, looking slightly to the side with a gentle smile. She is wearing a light-patterned blouse.
Anne Frank, 1942

Anne Frank loved to write. She dreamt of being a journalist one day.

But when she was thirteen years old, her family went into hiding to avoid deportation to a concentration camp. They were Jewish, and this was Amsterdam during the Holocaust.

In hiding, Anne kept a diary, as writing brought her joy. In her words, “When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived!”

Eventually, Anne and her family were discovered, arrested, and sent to a concentration camp. There most of the family, including Anne, perished. Her diary, however, survived and was published after the war. And while Anne never had the chance to become a journalist, her words continue to live on, influencing many worldwide.


“A snapshot biography of Anne Frank” sources: “Passport photo Anne Frank, May 1942.” Photo collection Anne Frank House, Amsterdam. https://www.flickr.com/photos/collection_annefrankhouse/31927397212  / Wikimedia Commons / The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank