Anne Frank


Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank was a German-Dutch diarist of Jewish origin. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl. 1 2


Anne Frank’s morning started at 6:45 am to the sound of Mr. and Mrs. Van Pels alarm going off. Anne first waited for the first couple people she was in hiding with to use the bathroom before removing the blackout blinds. Everyone in hiding would then take turns to use the restrooms. 8:30 am onward was a risky time for Anne as the workers of the warehouse below their hiding spot begun their shift. Everyone in hiding walked around in socks to minimize sound but as the day went on, noise from above become less suspicious. The remainder of the morning was dedicated to reading and studying.


The workers went home for lunch at 12:30 pm which gave Anne and the people in hiding more freedom. Usually around 12:45 pm, some of the helpers would join Anne in the secret hiding place and all gather together to listen to the 1 pm BBC news radio broadcast. After lunch, Anne resumed studying and writing while the others took a nap. At 4 pm, they all started to prepare dinner.


When the workers went home at 5:30 pm, everyone in hiding was able to leave the annex and disperse throughout the building. In the early evening, Anne took care of any pending administrative tasks with assistance from her sister – Margot. Dinner was usually followed by reading or listening to the radio.


Their night routine consisted of rearranging the future to its original position, ensuring the windows were blacked out and taking turns to use the bathroom.