- NAME: Otto Frank
- OCCUPATION: Entrepreneur
- BIRTH DATE: May 12, 1889
- DEATH DATE: August 19, 1980
- Did You Know?: Since its 1947 publication (by Otto Frank), Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl has been translated in 67 languages.
- EDUCATION: University of Heidelberg
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
- PLACE OF DEATH: Basel, Switzerland
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Jewish businessman Otto Frank hid his family during the Holocaust and published daughter Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl after his release from Auschwitz.
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Dr. Robert Levin, Director of Education at the Anne Frank Center USA, and Executive Director Yvonne Simons discuss the founding of the Anne Frank House by Otto Frank. Images © AFF Basel/AFS Amsterdam, all rights reserved.
Dr. Robert Levin of the Anne Frank Center USA discusses the legacy of Anne Frank. Images © AFF Basel/AFS Amsterdam, all rights reserved.
Dr. Robert Levin, Director of Education for the Anne Frank Center USA, discusses the diary of Anne Frank. Images © AFF Basel/AFS Amsterdam, all rights reserved.
Dr. Robert Levin, Director of Education, Anne Frank Center USA, and Executive Director Yvonne Simons discuss the center’s mission to educate about the life and legacy of Anne Frank. Images © AFF Basel/AFS Amsterdam, all rights reserved.
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Anne and Margot were later taken to Bergen-Belsen. After Auschwitz was liberated in 1945, Otto discovered that he was the only member of his family to have survived the Holocaust.
Months later, Frank's former secretary, Miep Gies, found Anne's diary in the abandoned annex and gave it to Otto. In 1947, he had the journal published under the title The Diary of a Young Girl.
Frank remarried, to Fritzi Markovits, in 1953. The couple moved to Switzerland, where they would live out the remainder of their years together. Frank died in Basel, Switzerland, on August 19, 1980.
In more recent news, in June 2013, the Anne Frank House lost a lawsuit to the Anne Frank Fonds, an organization that Otto Frank founded in the early 1960s, after the Fonds sued the House for the return of documents related to Otto and Anne Frank in 2007.
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