author of the diary. Anne was born on June 12
in Frankfurt, Germany, and was four years old when her father moved
to Holland to find a better place for the family to live. She is
very intelligent and perceptive, and she wants to become a writer.
Anne grows from an innocent, tempestuous, precocious, and somewhat
petty teenage girl to an empathetic and sensitive thinker at age
fifteen. Anne dies of typhus in the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen
in late February or early March of 1945
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Anne’s older sister. Margot was born in Frankfurt in 1926
She receives little attention in Anne’s diary, and Anne does not
provide a real sense of Margot’s character. Anne thinks that Margot
is pretty, smart, emotional, and everyone’s favorite. However, Anne and
Margot do not form a close bond, and Margot mainly appears in the
diary when she is the cause of jealousy or anger. She dies of typhus
in the concentration camp a few days before Anne does.
father. Otto is practical and kind, and Anne feels a particular
kinship to him. He was born on May 12
into a wealthy Frankfurt family, but the family’s international-banking
business collapsed during the German economic depression that followed World
War I. After the Nazis came to power in Germany, Otto moved to Amsterdam
his family from persecution. There he made a living selling chemical
products and provisions until the family was forced into hiding
. Otto is the only
member of the family to survive the war, and he lives until 1980
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mother. Edith Hollander was originally from Aachen, Germany, and
she married Otto in 1925
Anne feels little closeness or sympathy with her mother, and the
two have a very tumultuous relationship. Anne thinks her mother
is too sentimental and critical. Edith dies of hunger and exhaustion
in the concentration camp at Auschwitz in January 1945
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Mr. van Daan
father of the family that hides in the annex along with the Franks
and who had worked with Otto Frank as an herbal specialist in Amsterdam.
Mr. van Daan’s actual name is Hermann van Pels, but Anne calls him
Mr. van Daan in the diary. According to Anne, he is intelligent,
opinionated, pragmatic, and somewhat egotistical. Mr. van Daan is
temperamental, speaks his mind openly, and is not afraid to cause friction,
especially with his wife, with whom he fights frequently and openly.
He dies in the gas chambers at Auschwitz in October or November
Mrs. van Daan
- Mr. van Daan’s wife. Her actual name is Auguste van
Pels, but Anne calls her Petronella van Daan in her diary. Anne
initially describes Mrs. van Daan as a friendly, teasing woman,
but later calls her an instigator. She is a fatalist and can be
petty, egotistical, flirtatious, stingy, and disagreeable. Mrs.
van Daan frequently complains about the family’s situation—criticism
that Anne does not admire or respect. Mrs. van Daan does not survive
the war, but the exact date of her death is unknown.
Peter van Daan
- The teenage son of the van Daans, whose real name
is Peter van Pels. Anne first sees Peter as obnoxious, lazy, and
hypersensitive, but later they become close friends. Peter is quiet,
timid, honest, and sweet to Anne, but he does not share her strong convictions.
During their time in the annex, Anne and Peter develop a romantic
attraction, which Mr. Frank discourages. Peter is Anne’s first kiss,
and he is her one confidant and source of affection and attention
in the annex. Peter dies on May 5
at the concentration camp at Mauthausen, only three days before
the camp was liberated.
A dentist and an acquaintance of the Franks who hides with them
in the annex. His real name is Fritz Pfeffer, but Anne calls him
Mr. Dussel in the diary. Anne finds Mr. Dussel particularly difficult
to deal with because he shares a room with her, and she suffers
the brunt of his odd personal hygiene habits, pedantic lectures,
and controlling tendencies. Mr. Dussel’s wife is a Christian, so
she does not go into hiding, and he is separated from her. He dies
on December 20
at the Neuengamme concentration camp.
man who helps hide the Franks in the annex. Victor Kugler is arrested
along with Kleiman in 1944
. He immigrates
to Canada in 1955
in Toronto in 1981
Mr. Kugler is also referred to as Mr. Kraler.
Another man who helps the Franks hide. Johannes Kleiman is arrested
because of poor health. He remains in Amsterdam until his death in 1959
Mr. Kleiman is also referred to as Mr. Koophuis.
worker in Otto Frank’s office. Elizabeth (Bep) Voskuijl helps the
family by serving as a liaison to the outside world. She remains
in Amsterdam until her death in 1983
A secretary at Otto’s office who helps the Franks hide. After the
Franks are arrested, she stows the diary away in a desk drawer and
keeps it there, unread, until Otto’s return in 1945
She died in 2010 at the age of 100.
husband. He dies in 1993
school friend. The Nazis arrest her early
in the war.
The love of Anne’s life from the sixth grade. Peter Schiff is a
boy one year older than Anne. She has dreams about him while in
the annex. Peter Schiff is also referred to as Peter Wessel.
- A boy with whom Anne has an innocent, though romantic
relationship before she goes into hiding. Hello is also referred
to as Harry Goldberg.