Margot Betti Frank

Margot Betti Frank

Frankfurt am Main, Stadtkreis Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Death 27 Mar 1945 (aged 19)
Belsen, Landkreis Celle, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Burial Bergen, Landkreis Celle, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Memorial ID 7371424 · View Source
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Holocaust Victim. She was the older sister of Anne Frank, the famed Nazi Holocaust diarist and was the daughter of Otto and Edith Frank. A tidy, quiet child, she achieved good grades in school and had strong religious convictions. Her father worked in the family banking business until it collapsed in the early 1930s. In August 1933 she and her parents and younger sister Anne moved to Aachen, Germany, in preparation for a final move to Amsterdam, Netherlands, where her father founded a company, Opekta, that sold spices and pectin for use in the manufacture of jam. By May 1940, they were trapped in Amsterdam when German forces invaded and occupied of the Netherlands. She played sports such as tennis, skating, and participated in rowing races until 1941, when she was forced to leave the rowing club because she was Jewish. As the persecutions of the Jewish population increased in July 1942 and in order to avoid deportation, the family went into hiding within some concealed rooms behind a wall, in the building where her father worked, with three members of the van Pels family and dentist Fritz Pfeffer. According to Anne's diary, she wanted to study medicine and emigrate to Palestine after the war and become a maternity nurse. On August 4, 1944 they were discovered by the German Gestapo, acting on an anonymous tip. After being interrogated at the local Reich Security Main Office, they were transferred to the Huis van Bewaring (House of Detention) and 2 days later transported to the Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands. The following month they were deported on what would be the last transport from Westerbork to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. In late October 1944 she and her sister were relocated to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany. In March 1945 a typhus epidemic spread through the camp which claimed her life at the age of 19 and that of her sister a few days later, and they were buried in a mass grave. Her father survived the Holocaust, the only member of his family to do so. Like Anne, she also kept a diary during the war while they were in hiding, but it was never found.

Bio by: William Bjornstad

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  • Originally Created by: Elisabeth Rae
  • Added: 21 Apr 2003
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