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Otto Heinrich Frank
Birth: May 12, 1889
Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurter Stadtkreis
Hessen, Germany
Death: Aug. 19, 1980
Basel
Basel-Stadt, Switzerland

Holocaust survivor and father of diarist Anne Frank. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Otto served in the German army in World War I. After the war he came home to work for the family business, a bank founded by his father Michael. He married Edith Hollander in 1925 and they had two daughter, Anne and Margot. In the 1930's, to escape Hitler's persecution of the Jews, Otto moved the family to Holland, where they eventually went into hiding in 1942. The Franks and their friend were betrayed and arrested by the Nazis in August 1944. Men and women were separated when they arrived at Auschwitz, and Otto never saw his wife and daughters again. The sole survivor of the group, Otto returned to Holland after the war. Miep Gies, one of the helpers, had found Anne's diary in the secret annex and returned it to Otto after he learned that Anne and Margot had died in Bergen-Belsen. Otto shared portions of Anne's diary with friends and family, and the positive response led him to the decision to publish the diary, which was first released in Europe in 1947. Anne's diary is said to be the second bestselling book in the world, after the Bible. Otto remained involved with the diary and associated works (such as the play and movie) until the end of his life. He willed Anne's original diary to the Netherlands Insititue for War Documents, with the copyright being held by the Anne Frank Fonds. He died in Basel, where he had moved with his second wife and stepchildren.  (bio by: Jennifer M.) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Edith Holländer Frank (1900 - 1945)*
 
 Children:
  Margot Betti Frank (1926 - 1945)*
  Anne Frank (1929 - 1945)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Friedhof Birsfelden
Basel
Basel-Stadt, Switzerland
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Jennifer M.
Record added: Aug 19, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9337549
Otto Heinrich Frank
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Thank you for the courage and hope that you helped give the world when you published Anne's diary.
- Sarah
 Added: Sep. 18, 2014

- Maggieღ
 Added: Sep. 13, 2014
I too want to thank you for sharing Anne's diary with the world. I'm so sorry your family and so many others had to endure such atrocities at the hands of ignorance and hate. God bless.
-Anonymous
 Added: Sep. 4, 2014
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