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Below are the characters who appeared in the "Diary of a Young Girl".


Here are described the people residing in the Annex.

Frank family

Anne Frank

Annelies Marie Frank (June 12nd, 1929 - around March 1945) is the narrator of the diary; she was born on 1929 in Frankfurt-am-Main, Weimar Germany, to Edith Hollander-Frank and Otto Frank.


On 1933, her family fled the NSDAP rule to The Netherlands, staying first in Aachen with her maternal grandmother, Rosa Holländer.

She had a bad relationship with Dr. Dussel and Mrs. van Daan and a tense one with her mother; her relation with Peter went from ignoring him to quasi-boyfriend.

She died on March at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp with her sister Margot, both are presumabely buried in a mass grave.

  • Better as Friends: Concludes she and Peter would be best as friends.
  • Brainy Brunette: She is brown-haired and is constantly studying, notably history and Classical Mythology.
  • Bi the Way: Censored passages show that she felt an attraction towards women.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Among other examples:
    • Her entry about wounded German soldiers receiving a visit from Adolf Hitler comments on those who couldn't shake hands with the Fuehrer because they had lost their hands.
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    • The July 21st, 1944 entry feigned happiness that Hitler had survived an assassination attempt.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: She once expressed her regret her algebra book had not been spoiled by water when a vase fell.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With Margot, though it mellowed around 1944.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: A Jewish Brainy Brunette.
  • Most Writers Are Adults: Averted, given she wrote her diary from twelve to fifteen.
  • Parenting the Boyfriend: How she felt towards Peter.
  • The Pollyanna: In the last entries, even though she knows human beings are sending her coreligionists into Gas Chambers, she still expresses her belief in the basic goodness of man.
  • Posthumous Narration: Well, she's the author and died in a camp.
  • The Stateless: Because of the Nuremberg laws.
    Fine specimens of humanity, those Germans, and to think I'm actually one of them! No, that's not true, Hitler took away our nationality long ago.
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  • Survivor Guilt: Expressed guilt toward hiding while the other Jews were herded to extermination camps in the East.
  • The Un Favourite: Sometimes felt like this, particularly to her mother.
    • Somewhat subverted because she speaks about having a better relationship with her father.

Edith Hollander-Frank

Edith Hollander-Frank (January 16th, 1900 – January 6th, 1945) was Otto Frank's wife and Margot and Anne's mother; she was the daughter of an important family of industrialists from Aachen.

She met Otto in 1924 and married him a year later, on his birthday, in the Aachen synagogue. Her elder daughter Margot was born in February 16th, 1926, and the younger, Anne, was on June 12nd, 1929.

She died of starvation on January 6th, 1945, in Auschwitz, ten days before her forty-fifth birthday.

  • Honor Before Reason: She starved to death rather than eating the scraps of food she kept for her daughters.
  • Jewish Mother: She starved to death in Auschwitz because she kept her scraps of food for her daughters.
    • In the Annex, she always tried to help the younger residents.
  • Ojou: Was the heiress of an important family of industrialists.
  • The Stateless: Because of the Nuremberg laws.

Margot Frank

Margot Betti Frank (February 16th, 1926 – early March 1945) was the daughter of Otto and Edith Frank, born in Frankfurt-am-Main.

Her relation with Anne were sometimes tense but was resolving itself in 1944.

She died on early March 1945 from typhus.

Otto Frank

Otto Frank (May 12nd, 1889 – August 19th, 1980) was the husband of Edith and the father of Anne and Margot.

Born in a wealthy family, he fought in the Somme as lieutenant in an artillery unit; he then worked in the family bank until it collapsed during the early 1930s.

Then came Those Wacky Nazis; in August 1933 he sent all his family in Aachen, and then from here went to The Netherlands, where he opened the Opekta company, that sold spices and pectin for use in the manufacture of jam.

He and his family would have been safe had Hitler respected Dutch neutrality during World War II. At first he tried to move the family to Cuba, but when that failed, he prepared the Annex as an hiding place for July 1941.

Returning from the camps, he spent six months before learning he was the sole survivor of his family and, indeed, from those hidden in the Annex; Miep then gave him his daughter's diary, which he published.

Otto Frank married a former neighbor from Amsterdam and fellow Auschwitz survivor, Elfriede Geiringer (1905–1998), in Amsterdam on November 10th, 1953, and both moved to Basel, Switzerland, where he had family, including relatives' children, with whom he shared his experiences.

He died on August 19th, 1980 of lung cancer.

Van Daan family

Here is described the van Pels family, who were renamed "van Daan" family in the Diary.

Peter van Daan / Peter van Pels

Peter van Pels/Peter van Daan (November 8th, 1926 - between April 11th and May 5th, 1945) was the son of Hermann and Auguste van Pels.

While, at first, Anne thought him dull and uninteresting, in the ending of 1943 they had had developed a full-blown relationship.

Died on May 5th in Mauthausen, three days before the liberation.

Hermann van Daan / Hermann van Pels

Hermann van Pels/Hermann van Daan (March 31st, 1898 - September 1945) was the husband of Auguste and the father of Peter.

Was a butcher hired as expert on spices by Mr. Frank.

Is the sole of the group to have died in a Gas Chamber, officially on the night of September 5th and 6th, his day of arrival, though some sources report his death some weeks later.

  • Must Have Nicotine: Anne criticizes him for not reducing his tobacco consumption even after 100 florins from the van Pels disappeared.
  • The Stateless: Because of the Nuremberg laws.

Petronella van Daan / Auguste van Pels

Auguste van Pels/Petronella van Daan (September 25th, 1900 - between April 11th and early May, 1945) was the wife of Hermann and the mother of Peter.

She died around April or early May 1945.

Albert Dussel / Fritz Pfeffer

Fritz Pfeffer (April 30th, 1889 – December 20th, 1944), whom Anne renamed as Albert Dussel in her Diary, was a dentist who joined the Annex some weeks after the seven first.

Charlotta Kaletta (1910–1985) was his partner. He also had a son, who Anne apparently knew nothing about.

Had a very strained relation with Anne, relative to the sharing of the living space for their respective studies; this fact coloured his portrayal on the Diary, angering his now-posthumous wife.

Died from "enterocolitis"note  in Sachsenhausen.

Mrs. Kaletta married him postumously in 1950, tried to change his portrayal and then refused any interview about him.


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