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Makoto Otsuka, director general of the Holocaust Education


Makoto Otsuka, director general of the Holocaust Education



Makoto Otsuka, director general of the Holocaust Education Center in Hiroshima, Japan, holds up a picture of Anne Frank, a prominent and well-known victim of the Holocaust, May 2, 2019, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Anne Frank is the author of several journals which detail her firsthand account of the Holocaust. Her journals were posthumously published as the Diary of Anne Frank. (U. S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

Anne Frank (1929—1945), Jewish girl whose diary of her family’s two years in hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands became a classic of war literature. Early in the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler, Anne’s father, Otto Frank (1889–1980), a German businessman, took his wife and two daughters to live in Amsterdam. In 1941, after German forces occupied the Netherlands, Anne was compelled to transfer from a public school to a Jewish one. On June 12, 1942, she received a red-and-white plaid diary for her 13th birthday. That day she began writing in the book: “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.”





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