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Anne Frank was born on June 12 1929 She was the second daughter of Otto and Edith Frank Both of Annes parents were from respected German-Jewish families Anne and her older sister Margot were raised in Germany in an atmosphere of tolerance The Franks had friends of many faiths and nationalities Otto Frank served honorably as an officer in the German army during World War I However the circumstances of the early 1930s dramatically altered the situation of the Frank family In the summer of 1930 Otto Frank left Frankfurt for Amsterdam to set up a branch of his brothers company Less then a year later Edith Margot and four-year-old Anne joined Otto in Amsterdam By the mid 1930s the Franks were settling into a normal routine in their apartment at 37 Merwedeplein In 1938 Otto expanded his business he went into partnership with a merchant His name was Hermann van Pels he was also a Jewish refuge from Nazi Germany Unfortunately the Franks belief that Amsterdam was a safe haven from Nazism was shattered In May 1940 Germany invaded the Netherlands and the Franks were once again forced to live under Nazi rule Annes father had not been idle in this time and he converted a section of his business premises into a secret hideaway for the family In the first few years of the occupation Anne and Margot continued to socialize with their friends and attend school Because of Annes talents for writing at school ahe was given a diary for her thirteenth birthday in 1942 Then the Nazi administration in conjunction with the Dutch Nazi Party andcivil service began issueing anti-Jewish decrees All Jews had to register their business and then later surrender it to non-Jews Soon afterwards Annes older sister Margot was instructed to attend a labor camp Even though the hiding place was not yet ready the Frank family realized they had to move right away The packed their belongings
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