We’ve created this timeline of Anne Frank’s life to mark the 75th anniversary of her death in Bergen-Belsen, just a month or two before the camp was liberated. We hope it helps to illustrate Anne’s story for your students and helps them to better understand her experience of the Holocaust.
For many, Anne Frank’s diary is our first introduction to the horrors of the Holocaust. And it is such an iconic book that many of us still have a copy on our bookshelves, something that Anne would have loved.
We get to know Anne who was a very typical teenager dealing with the stresses and strains of growing up. Many of the issues she discusses in her diary are issues that we all deal with during our teenage years, and that helps us to identify with her and her story.
However, unlike us, she and her family are forced into hiding in the Netherlands, to escape persecution for being Jewish. And through Anne’s intimate entries into her diary, we learn what life was really like for those living under Nazi occupation.