5 Things You Didn't Know About Anne Frank

On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank received a diary as a gift for her birthday, which she wrote in while she and her family were hidden in an attic from the Nazis. Here we round up 5 important facts that you probably didn't know about Anne Frank and her diary...


The Woman Who Found the Diary Said She Would Have Burned It if She Read Miep Gies, a secretary at the factory where the Franks hid for two years, was a supporter of the family and regularly visited with Anne. After the raid on August 4, 1944, Gies went up to the attic and found Anne's diary strewn across the floor. She collected the papers but never read them, instead storing them safely and returning them to Otto Frank after the war. It's a good thing she didn't read them, too: Gies later confessed that had she read the pages, she would have burned them because they implicated her and everyone else involved in a crime that could have cost them their lives.

She Hoped to Become a Writer Frank noted in her diary that she would someday like to become a famous writer, but she unfortunately never knew that she did exactly that through the diary of her daily life, hopes and thoughts. She also included in her diary that she wanted to learn different languages and study art history, see beautiful dresses and do exciting things. For example, her diary entry on March 16, 1944 said that writing gave her an outlet to avoid her suffocating confinement.


Anne Frank Wasn’t the Only One in the Family to Keep a Diary Margot Betti Frank, Anne’s older sister, was known to keep a diary. However, although Anne’s was kept safe by a family friend after the Franks were arrested by the Nazis and taken to prison camps, Margot’s diary disappeared and never turned up.

The Diary of Anne Frank Was Banned From Some Schools Despite being a prolific writer and deep thinker, Frank was still just a young girl, and therefore, some of the entries depict the natural thoughts and curiosities of a young girl discovering her own anatomy. Because of a brief passage where Frank wonders about her own body, the book has been regularly banned from school reading lists. But that's not even the silliest reason for banning the book: schools in Alabama once banned it for being a "downer." Yikes.

She Wrote Two Versions of Her Diary The first version (A) began in the book that she received for her 13th birthday and spilled over into at least two notebooks. Anne rewrote her diary in 1944 after hearing a call on the radio for people to save their war-time diaries in order to help document the suffering of the Nazi occupation once war was over. She planned to publish this book about her time in the Secret Annex after the war. For a title, she came up with Het Achterhuis or The Secret Annex. In this second version, known as B, Anne omits parts of A, while also adding new sections.