On This Day 75 Years Ago Anne Frank was Sent to Auschwitz

On 3 September 1944, Anne Frank and her family were transported from the Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands to Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland along with 1,011 other Jews.

They ended up in Westerbork transit camp after their Secret Annex in Anne Frank’s House on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam was raided and everyone hiding in it was captured on 4 August 1944. Anne Frank’s parents, Otto and Edith, her sister Margot as well as Hermann and Auguste van Pels, their son Peter and family friend Fritz Pfeffer were all in hiding.

Anne Frank at school Source: Website Anne Frank Stichting, Amsterdam on Wikipedia

During the journey to Auschwitz, men and women were separated. Anne Frank and her boyfriend Peter van Pels saw each other for the last time. It was also the last time that Otto Frank saw his wife and daughters.

Auschwitz. Source: dimitrisvetsikas1969 on Pixabay

Edith, Margot, Anne, and Auguste remained at Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and ended up in a barracks for forced labourers. Otto, Hermann, Peter and Fritz were ordered to walk to camp Auschwitz I which was three kilometres away. They were forced to do heavy labour.

Anne and her sister are thought to have died from typhus in February 1945, just months before the camp was liberated by the Red Cross.

Anne Frank’s life is now encapsulated in The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Tickets can be purchased online for the museum which is open daily.

Have you been to the Anne Frank House? Have you read her diary? Or have you read any other good literature from the Holocaust? Let us know in the comments! 

Feature Image: AnonymousUnknown author [Public domain] on Wikimedia

Freya Sawbridge
Freya was born in Edinburgh but raised in New Zealand (cue every person she meets saying “oh I have always wanted to go there but it’s so far away!”). A restless and curious nature has led her to move countries 5 times in the last 3 years in attempt to find a place she can call home. She contacted DutchReview on a whim and arrived in the Netherlands in summer 2019 to start her internship.

5 COMMENTS

  1. I read Anne´s diary,and a lot of books about the Holocaust,a lot,I don´t remember the titles of all of the books I read.They were so much.
    Just a note,israeli jews should be worried about Palestina in order not to do to palestinians the same that the nazis and Hitler did to them not long ago.Sure that are survivals of the holocaust nowadays ,even if they are very old now.

    • What a sickening post.
      Israelis are trying to protect themselves against wonton gruesome violence. To compare the holocaust to Jewish self defense is revolting. May I suggest that you find yourself a book or a newspaper that wasn’t written by Goebbels?
      Fingers crossed that you’re not raising human children.

  2. Israel does not treat Palestinians like Germans treated them. There are no concentration camps, gas chambers, or hanging gallows to murder Palestinians. Comparing Israel to Germany is ignorant and insulting.

  3. There was no Poland during those years. Germany incorporated some of former Poland’s territory. Some of the rest was taken by Soviet Union. Finally there was a new entity created by Germans from the remainder.

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