What Did Anne Frank Look Like In Color?

The Holocaust killed nearly six million Jewish people between 1941 and 1945 (via National WWII Museum). Anne Frank became the most famous Holocaust victim, and the diary she wrote while she was hiding with her family in a secret annex became one of the most important documents of the Holocaust. Frank died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, shortly before the war ended.

Anne Frank was born in Germany in 1929. When Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933, the Nazi government established several measures against Germany’s Jewish citizens. As a result, many Jewish families in the country tried to escape moving to other countries. Otto Frank decided to move to the Netherlands with his wife, Edith Frank, and his elder daughter Margot. His younger daughter, Anne Frank, stayed with her grandmother in Aachen, Germany, for some months (via History).

Anne Frank moved to Amsterdam in 1934, and she was known as an energetic and popular girl at school. The family lived a comfortable life until 1940 when the Germans invaded the Netherlands, and life became dangerous for Jewish people. In 1942, Margot Frank received a letter saying that she had to go to a working camp. The family decided to hide in an attic behind Otto’s business, where they lived until the Gestapo caught them in 1944.

The most famous diary in the world

On August 4, 1944, the family was discovered and initially taken to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Her parents remained in Auschwitz, and her mother died of starvation in January 1945. In November 1944, Margot and Anne were taken to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they later contracted typhus and died.

Otto Frank was the only family member who survived. In 1945, after he left Auschwitz, his former secretary, Miep Gies, gave him five notebooks and 300 loose papers with Anne’s writing (via History). Shortly after the family had been arrested, Gies went to the secret annex and found the documents.

Frank spent his days reading and compiling her daughter’s diary, which was published for the first time in 1947 under the title “Het Acheterhuis” (“Rear Annex”). According to Time, “The Diary of a Young Girl” has been translated into 70 languages and has sold over 30 million copies.

Anne Frank became one of the most famous faces in history, and most of her pictures and in black and white. However, thanks to technology, it is possible to see how she would look in colors.

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