70 Years Ago Today: Anne Frank Was Captured by the Nazis


Anne Frank, 1941 Anne Frank Fonds Basel/DPA/ZUMA Press

On this day in 1944, German policed discovered the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family in the secret annex of the building where Otto Frank (Anne’s father) worked. Following the arrest of the Franks and two other families that were in hiding, Miep Gies collected papers and photo albums left scattered around the living quarters, including Anne’s diary. Gies saved them, hoping to return them to Anne after the war.

Anne Frank’s diary of her time in hiding was published 1947 and has been made into a play and a film publicizing the plight of millions. Uppa/Photoshot/UPPA/ZUMA Press

 

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