The Life of Anne Frank

  • Annelies Marie Frank is born

    Annelies Marie Frank is born
    Anne Frank is born to Edith and Otto Frank. This marks the beginning of Anne's life.
  • World War II begins

    World War II begins
    This marks the beginning of Anne's struggle through the war, and the effect it has on everyone and everything around her.
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    Diary of Anne Frank

  • Anne recieves her diary

    Anne recieves her diary
    Anne's birthday on which she recieves her diary. Anne's first entry occurs on July 14th and she expresses her excitement at recieving the diary in her writing. This event is important because Anne writes in her diary throughout the war.
  • Margot Recieves her call-up

    Margot Recieves her call-up
    Margot recieves her call-up from the Germans, and the fact that Margot, who is not that much older than Anne, was called up, greatly affects Anne. She then realizes that her youth won't protect her from the events of the war.
  • Franks go into hiding

    Franks go into hiding
    Franks go into hiding in the "Secret Annex" with the help of Miep, Koophuis, and Henk. This event is vital to the story of Anne Frank, who matures greatly and grows more independent during the two years she spends in the Annex among her family members and friends.
  • The Van Daans arrive safely at the Annex

    The Van Daans arrive safely at the Annex
    Hermann, Auguste, and Peter Van Pels (Van Daan) join the Franks in the "Secret Annex". This is an important event in the story, because there are now more people closed up together in the Annex, and that causes friction among the families later on.
  • News of the War

    News of the War
    Franks recieve news that Jews are being rounded up by the Germans and taken to Westerbork. Everyone in the Annex is greatly affected by this news since the Jews that they heard are being sent to concentration camps are some of their friends.
  • News of the War

    News of the War
    Franks hear on the radio that the British have landed in Algiers, Casablanca, Tunis, and Oran. Algiers has fallen. This event gives the inhabitants of the Annex hope that the war will end soon.
  • Dussel arrives

    Dussel arrives
    Fritz Pffefer (Alfred Dussel) joins the Franks and the Van Daans in the "Secret Annex." This is a significant event because the addition of a new person to the Annex is a great turning point in the story. Dussel could get along with the two families or cause a great uproar that could result in their capture.
  • Rauter makes a speech

    Rauter makes a speech
    The German Rauter makes a speech declaring that "All Jews must be out of the German-occupied countries before July 1." This greatly affects the inhabitants of the Secret Annex, because it means that they're officialy wanted and that they now have to worry for the safety of their friends.
  • A state of siege has been declared on Holland

    A state of siege has been declared on Holland
    Anne writes in her diary that "The whole of holland is being punished for the strikes which have been going on iin many parts of the country. Therefore a state of siege has been declared..." This is an important event in the story of Anne Frank because it shows Holland's position in the war, and how much danger the Franks are in.
  • Students forced to sign with Germans

    Students forced to sign with Germans
    Starting on May 18th, any students wishing to continue their education were forced to sign a document stating that they sympathize with the German cause. All students that refused to sign were sent to labor camps. This action demonstrates the power of Germany, and causes Anne to worry.
  • Burglars

    Burglars
    The burglars broke into the warehouse by forcing through the outer door. They stole two cashboxes, checkbooks, sugar coupons, and other things of almost no value. This is event is significant because it shows the inhabitants of the Annex how easily they could be discovered and captured.
  • North Amsterdam is bombed

    North Amsterdam is bombed
    North Amsterdam is heavily bombed by the allies. Anne is quite distressed by the destruction of the bombs, and all of the casualties. This event sets a somber mood in the Annex.
  • Mussolini resigns

    Mussolini resigns
    The inhabitants of the Annex recieve the news that Mussolini has resigned and the King of Italy had taken over the government. Everyone in the Annex views this as great news and the even revives their hope for peace.
  • Facist party banned in Italy

    Facist party banned in Italy
    In Italy the Facist party is banned, and people are fighting them in several places. This event renews the Franks' hopes that the war will end soon. They learn that people are starting to fight back and begin to hope that the war will finally end.
  • Van Daans run out of money

    Van Daans run out of money
    The Van Daans are forced to sell Mrs. Van Daan's fur coat in order to gain more money. This is a significant event because it shows how limited their resources are becoming.
  • Burglary

    Burglary
    This burglar entered the warehouse by unlocking the door. This fact causes the inhabitants of the Annex to worry that someone can enter their warehouse without their knowledge.
  • Coupon people arrested

    Coupon people arrested
    The people that everyone in the Annex illegaly recieved their extra food coupons from were caught and arrested. This limits their food supply, and as a result, they often eat rotten vegetables for dinner. Morale was low in the Annex at this point.
  • Russia advances on Germany

    Russia advances on Germany
    Russia begins to advance on Germany, and are right by the Polish border. They have reached Pruth and are close to Odessa. This is great news for the allies, and everyone is hopeful for peace.
  • Burglary

    Burglary
    The burglars enter the warehouse by cutting out a plank in the wall. The police were called, and as a result, the people in the Annex were confined to the attic for quite some time. The police also rattled the cupboard door quite a few times. This event is important to Anne because when the police were at the secret door, Anne lost hope and believed they were found out. The fact that they were still safe showed everyone in the Annex how grateful they should be that they're alive and well.
  • Anti-Semitism

    Anti-Semitism
    The inhabitants of the Annex recieve news that Anti-Semitism is stirring up again. This greatly affects everyone that people have such hatred towards the Jews. This news also causes Anne to think about things from other people's point of view, giving her a new outlook on Anti-Semitism.
  • Vegetable man arrested

    Vegetable man arrested
    The man that sells vegetables to everyone in the Annex is arrested for harboring two Jews in his home. Anne says that "It's a great blow to us, not only that those poor Jews are balancing on the edge of an abyss, but it's terrible for the man himself." This also affects the Franks since they now can't get their usual ration of potatoes.
  • News of War

    News of War
    The Fifth Army has taken Rome, and Pas de Calais and the French coast are being heavily bombed. There is bad weather outside the Annex, and there are few vegetables left; resulting in low morale among the inhabitants of the Annex.
  • The invasion begins

    The invasion begins
    The invasion of the Allies has begun, and everyone in the Annex is positive that the English will prevail. This event is extremely important to Anne, her family, and friends because it means they might be able to go out of hiding soon.
  • News from war

    News from war
    The Allies have taken Bayeux and are currently fighting for Caen. Anne says that "The excitement here has worn off a bit; still, we're hoping that the war will be over at the end of this year."
  • News of War

    News of War
    The English begin their attack on Cherbourg, and the Russians have begun their assault on Vitebsk. The war is going well for the Allies.
  • News of war

    News of war
    "The mood has changed, everything's going wonderfully. Cherbourg, Vitebsk, and Sloben fell today." Along with this, the people in the Annex have recieved word that the Germans are evacuating the women. This news is great for the people in the Annex, who are hopeful for the end of the war.
  • An attempt was made on Hitler's life

    An attempt was made on Hitler's life
    A German officer made an attempt on Hitler's life, but was unsucessful. This is still huge news because it shows that Germans are also rebelling against Hitler, and that the war may end even sooner than anyone dares to hope.
  • Anne's last entry

    Anne's last entry
    Anne Frank's diary ends here as she is forced to leave the diary behind when she's captured and sent to a concentration camp.
  • Inhabitants of the Annex are captured

    Inhabitants of the Annex are captured
    Anne Frank and everyone else in the Annex is betrayed, captured, and sent to Westerbork concentration camp. Anne's father, Otto Frank, is the only person from the Annex to have survived the war.
  • Anne Frank dies

    Anne Frank dies
    Anne Frank and her sister Margot die of Typhus at Bergen-Belsen weeks before liberation.
  • World War II ends

    World War II ends
    This is the end of the war that causes all of the difficulties Anne goes through, and eventually causes her death.
  • Anne Frank's diary is published

    Anne Frank's diary is published
    Otto Frank returns to the Secret Annex after the war, and Miep gives Anne's diary to him, which she managed to salvage from the Annex after the Germans took away the Frank family. Otto believes that the world should be able to see how remarkable Anne was, and has the diary published.