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More than two years later, they are found in the hideout and transported to deportation centres. Anne's dad, Otto Frank, is the only one of the eight survivors. When she dies, Anne becomes world-famous for the journal she concealed. Otto Frank and his family Edith, like many other Jews, decided to move away from Germany.
He founds a company in Amsterdam and the Merwedeplein is home to his whole extended group. Otto works really well in his shop and Edith takes care of the home. As the danger of conflict in Europe increased, Otto and his wife and daughter tried to immigrate to England or the USA, but these efforts failed.
She and Margot have to go to a Jewishschool and Otto looses his deal. As another emigration to the USA failed, Otto and Edith decided to hide. In the back annex of his company at Prinsengracht 263 Otto establishes a shelter. This he does together with his shamanic associate Hermann van Pels and with the help of his colleagues Johannes Kleiman and Victor Kugler.
Margot Frank received a letter for a Nazi labour camps on July 5, 1942. Next morning the Frank familys hide. In November 1942, an 8th member of the Van Pels familiy joins them: the dental surgeon Fritz Pfeffer. They have to be very calm in the shelter, are often scared and spend their times as best they can.
Their helpers are Johannes Kleiman, Victor Kugler, Miep Gies and Bep Voskuijl, Miep's spouse Jan Gies and the camp director Johannes Voskuijl, Bep's ancestor. Just before disappearing Anne gets a journal for her anniversary. Immediately she begins to write and during her hidden times she secretly talks about the happenings in the private outbuilding and about herself.
She has a great deal of help in her journal. She is also writing shorts and collecting quotes from other authors in her "Book of Belles Sätze. When, in London, the exiled Netherlands Secretary of Public Health calls on UK broadcasters to keep a journal of wars, Anne decided to work on her journal and write a novel entitled "The Secret Annex".
The disappeared were apprehended with their assistants Johannes Kleiman and Victor Kugler on August 4, 1944. Johan Kleiman is freed soon after his detention and six month later Victor Kugler flees. Right after the detentions, Miep Gies and Bep Voskuijl save Anne's journal and documents, which were abandoned in the clandestine area.
In spite of intense research, it was never clear how the hideout was located. Otto-frank is the only one of the eight men who are in refuge to live through the fighting. In July Otto Frank tries to find his girls, but he is informed that both have passed away from illness and privation in Bergen-Belsen.
Then Miep Gies gives him Anne's journal paper. Otto-read the journal and discover a very different Anne. In her journal Anne said that in the near term she wants to become a novelist and that she wants to make her journal a novel. Freunde convinced Otto Frank of the great expressiveness of the journal and on 25 June 1947 The Secret Annexe appeared with a circulation of 3,000 copies.
In the course of the years Otto Frank answered thousand of questions from persons who have been reading his daughter's journal.