Annelies Marie Frank was born in 1929 to a religiously liberal Jewish family.1 When she was two she moved with her parents and five-year-old sister Margot from Marbachweg 307, where she was born, to Ganghoferstrasse 24. When National Socialist reprisals against the Jews began to increase in 1933, the Franks moved to Amsterdam. From 1942 to 1944 the family lived in hiding in a rear building. It was there that the 13-year-old Anne began to keep a diary about her experiences as a persecuted Jew. In August 1944 the family was betrayed and deported; Anne died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp only a few weeks before the Allied liberation.
Places of remembrance in Frankfurt include the Jugendbegegnungsstätte (Youth Meeting Place) Anne Frank e. V. at Hansaallee 150, their home at Ganghoferstrasse 24, which is marked with a memorial plaque, and the memorial stele at Marbachweg 307. Artist Bernd Fischer’s 175 cm tall plate of safety glass with its thin stainless steel frame is dominated by a black and white childhood picture of Margot, Anne and their friend Grace.2 A short biographical note refers to the house as her place of birth and the inscription is taken from the diary entry of April 11, 1944: “One day this terrible war will be over. The time will come when we'll be people again and not just Jews!”
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