Photo Gallery Treasures of the Anne Frank Family

They lay hidden away in an attic in Basel for decades before being discovered. But now many of the belongings of Anne Frank's family -- including thousands of letters and toys -- will be displayed at the Jewish Museum in the family's hometown of Frankfurt. In an interview, SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke with Buddy Elias, Anne's closest cousin and last surviving direct relative.
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They lay hidden away in an attic in Basel for decades before being discovered. But now many of the belongings of Anne Frank's family -- including thousands of letters and toys -- will be displayed at the Jewish Museum in the family's hometown of Frankfurt. In an interview, SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke with Buddy Elias, Anne's closest cousin and last surviving direct relative. Elias remembers her as being "utterly playful." This photo shows Anne in 1941.

Foto: DPA/ Anne Frank Fonds Basel
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The Frank family had its roots in Frankfurt am Main in western Germany. This photo shows Anne, her older sister Margot, and her parents Edith and Otto Frank in Frankfurt. Though it is dated 1927, the photo must have been taken later because Anne was born in 1929. The family fled Germany for Holland when the Nazis took power in 1933. She and her family spent two years hiding in Amsterdam from the Nazis, before being betrayed and transported to concentration camps. She died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945. Her diary, published posthumously, is one of the most widely-read books in the world.

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An undated photo of Anne as a young girl. She began writing in her diary on June 12, 1943, with the words: "I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support."

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AP

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Anne Frank's grandparents on her father's side. Michael Frank married Frankfurt resident Alice Betty Cahn. The photo shows them shortly before their wedding in 1886. Alice Frank fled to Basel, Switzerland in 1933.

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Alice and Michael Frank lived in this Frankfurt house at Jordanstrasse 4 (later Mertonstrasse, and now Dantestrasse.) Once Adolf Hitler took power, Alice Frank sold the house and fled to Basel.

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When she moved to Basel in 1933, Alice Frank had to give the Frankfurt police a detailed list of the furniture she was bringing with her. She rescued the family's possessions, taking them into exile with her to Switzerland, where she stored them neatly and tidily in the attic of Buddy Elias' parents' home in Basel.

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Anne Frank's uncle Robert Frank served in the German cavalry in World War I. He died on May 23, 1953 at the age of 66 in London.

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Anne Frank's father Otto (second from left), had three siblings: Robert, the oldest, Herbert, and Helene, the youngest.

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From the family photo album: Edith Frank feeds her daughter Anne, as her sister Margot and cousin Stephan Elias look on.

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"Dear Grandma..." Anne Frank, then nine years old, wrote a letter to her grandmother Alice Frank for her birthday on Dec. 20, 1938.

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Otto Frank wrote a letter to his mother, Alice Frank, from the Auschwitz concentration camp. His wife and two daughters died in the Holocaust, and he later decided to publish Anne's diaries from their time in hiding.

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A copy of Anne Frank's diary, displayed at the "Center Ana Frank" in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The diary was rescued and held for safe keeping by Miep Gies, the Dutch friend who had helped the family hide during the war.

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A snapshot of Anne and her best friend Hannah Goslar playing hopscotch in Amsterdam in 1939. The girls lived next door to each other from the ages of four to 13.

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For her 10th birthday in June 1939, Anne celebrated with friends from her school. Anne (second from left) was inseparable from her two closest friends, Sanne and Hannah (to her right).

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Anne Frank and her father Otto Frank at the Amsterdam Town Hall in July 1941. Anne was 12 years old.

Foto: Anne Frank Foundation / AP
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Anne Frank's great-grandparents Elkan Juda Cahn and his wife Betty, who lived in Frankfurt's Hochstrasse. Cahn was born in 1796 in the Judengasse in the Frankfurt ghetto. This painting is the second earliest portrait of Frank family ancestors.

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The portrait of Süsskind Stern from 1671, the oldest known portrait of a Frankfurt Jew in existence, already belongs to the permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt.

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