We all know the story of Anne Frank. It was her story that personalized the horrors of WWII for us. However Anne wasn’t the only person in that small secret annex in Amsterdam, there were 7 more.
One of these people was Anne’s older sister Margot. It is believed that Margot also kept a diary but it was never found after war. I think her diary would probably tell an even more compelling story, she was 3 years older than Anne and she would therefore would have had a better comprehension of what was going on in the world around them.
The Frank family moved to Holland in 1933 and Margot attended school in Amsterdam. Her school friend Jetteke Frijda remembers Margot as a modest and kind girl, who didn’t talk about herself or her life in Germany much.
On July 5th 1942, Margot Frank is called up, along with thousands of other Jews in Amsterdam. She is going to be sent to a Nazi work camp in Germany. This call-up is not a complete surprise. There have been rumors in the air for weeks about such a decree. Otto and Edith Frank have no intention of allowing their daughter to be sent to Nazi Germany. The next day Margot goes into hiding with her parents and sister at Prinsengracht 263, the Secret Annex
Margot Betti Frank (16 February 1926 – February 1945 was the elder daughter of Otto and Edith Frank and the older sister of Anne Frank. Margot’s deportation order from the Gestapo hastened the Frank family into hiding. According to the diary of her younger sister, Anne, Margot kept a diary of her own, but no trace of Margot’s diary has ever been found. She died in Bergen-Belsen
Margot is three years older than Anne. She’s tidy, quiet, and gets good grades at school.
Miep Gies says of her: ‘I didn’t have any relationship with Margot. She was there, and that was all.’ Anne confirms this image. Describing Margot at the table, she writes: ‘Eats like a little mouse, doesn’t say a word.’ Anne and Margot have a few fights during their time in the Secret Annex. But sometimes they get on well, and talk about lots of things.
After the war, Margot wants to emigrate to what was then the Palestine Mandate, to become a maternity nurse, writes Anne. Otto states later that she wanted to study medicine. Like Anne, she keeps a diary during the war. But Margot’s diary was never found.
Margot remained very quiet and withdrawn in the annex, she spent a great deal of time on her studies, in the hope that when she returned to school she wouldn’t be behind.
When the annex was discovered and the family were arrested on 4 August 1944, Margot was sent with the others to Westerbork transit camp and then to Auschwitz-Birkenau.She survived the initial selection for the gas chamber, but the following month, Margot and Anne were transferred to Bergen Belsen concentration camp Margot became sick with typhus at the Belsen concentration camp in the winter of 1944-45. After being gravely ill and lying in a deep coma for days, Margot died at the end of February (or the beginning of March), 1945. While unconscious, she fell out of bed, and she was found dead when her friends tried to lift her back into her bed. A few days later, Anne died. Janny Brandes-Brilleslijper and her sister Lientje buried them together in one of the camp’s mass graves; in August 1945, once she came back to Netherlands and recovered from typhus, Janny wrote to Otto Frank and informed him that both his daughters had died. just a few weeks before it was liberated by Allied troops.
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