Anne Frank

Anne Frank story moves Osborne to tears

By Barry Toberman, June 10, 2011

George Osborne paid tribute to the enduring emotional appeal of Anne Frank's story as the Anne Frank Trust UK celebrated its 20th anniversary with a reception at 11 Downing Street.

Chatting to key figures from the trust, the Chancellor revealed that he had visited Anne Frank House in Amsterdam three times, most recently last year.


How the Anne Frank story captured China

By Erica Lyons, June 2, 2011

The chinese have become unlikely fans of the Anne Frank story: a London theatre company is to take its production of And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank on a second tour of the country this autumn, only months after its first, sell-out run.


He sent Anne Frank to Belsen, then joined West German intelligence

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011

The Nazi officer who seized Anne Frank from her hiding place in an Amsterdam attic and deported her to a concentration camp later served in the West German intelligence agency BND, according to a new book.


Treasures from the Anne Frank attic

By Jessica Elgot, March 3, 2011

A childhood friend of Anne Frank's sister made a surprise appearance at a Jewish Book Week talk by the young diarist's cousin, Buddy Elias.

Inge Parish, 87, of north west London, said she had been moved to speak about her friendship with ten-year-old Margot Frank, after hearing Mr Elias describe his childhood with his cousins.


De Klerk helps to raise £275K for the Anne Frank Trust

February 14, 2011

The former South African president was the guest speaker at the Anne Frank Trust Holocaust Memorial Day lunch at the Hilton Park Lane. F W de Klerk received a standing ovation from the 630 diners for a speech in which he praised Nelson Mandela and spoke about how even the most intractable of conflicts can be resolved by peaceful means. The lunch raised £275,000 for the work of the Anne Frank Trust.

Photos: Dan Maudsley



Perfect punishment for Dutch teen's anti-Jewish slur

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2011

A teenager whose offensive comments about Jews were published online has been given a particularly fitting punishment.

The Dutch 18-year-old, referred to as Omar E in court, has been sentenced to community service at the Holocaust hiding place of Jewish diarist Anne Frank.

He had told the website GeenStijl that he believed Jewish people should be exterminated.

Despite a claim by Omar E’s lawyer that the case should not even have come to court because of the negative publicity his client had faced, a judge ruled that the teenager should do16 hours of community service.


On this day: Miep Gies dies

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2011

The two years during which Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic would not have been possible without the group of people who risked their lives to help.

Miep Gies, who was 100 when she died, was also the one who made the astounding discovery of Anne’s diary.

After the war, when she discovered Anne had died of typhus in Bergen Belsen concentration camp, she kept it safe until Anne’s father Otto could be tracked down.

Mrs Gies went on to help Otto publish Anne’s diary, of which millions of copies in an array on languages have been sold.


Anne Frank learning library opens

By Katie Taylor, October 21, 2010

The Anne Frank Trust has opened a specialist library at its north London offices to help students and teachers research the Holocaust, other genocides, prejudice and racism.

At Monday's launch, trust director Gillian Walnes said: "We have a unique tool in Anne Frank, the voice of a child, to teach our own youngsters about social responsibility, preventing discrimination.

"We can learn from the positives in Anne's story to inspire us to do good, and also the negatives of the story, to prevent history repeating itself."


Anne Frank tree lives on

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2010

The chestnut tree which comforted Anne Frank while she was in hiding from the Nazis may survive despite being toppled by a storm.

The teenage diarist could see the tree from her family’s Amsterdam hiding place, and in her two years she spent there before being sent to Bergen-Belsen she wrote of admiring it “nearly every morning”.

Anne wrote: “As long as this exists...I cannot be unhappy."


Anne Frank tree collapses

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2010

The chestnut tree that Anne Frank wrote about in her diary has fallen over in a storm.

The 150-year-old tree, which had already been damaged by fungus and moth infestation, snapped about one metre above its roots and crashed across surrounding gardens.

The tree, which has inspired replicas around the world, was rooted just beside the Amsterdam attic in which the Frank family hid from the Nazis for more than two years.

The teenage diarist, who died in 1945 after contracting typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, wrote that she admired it nearly every morning.