Yearly Photos: Amsterdam
Links to Photos:
1 year old, 1930 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Anne's caption of this photo was, "Papa with his two sprogs."
(HLOF photo #11) AFBD (p. 10.) and DE
also have this photo.
online version: click #5.
And here is another big one.
(Anne's note there says August 1931, but she looks too young for 1931.
Here is a photo from 1931
offsite, and another, and
and Anne, 1933 in Aachen, Germany
They were likely 7 and 4 years old. Edith and the girls
stayed with her mother in Aachen while Otto
made a new start in the Netherlands.
(This photo is clearly part of one of the 1933 Aachen photography sessions
mentioned in AFBD page 18, where I also got the above information.
believes this photo came
from the August 2000 issue of Anne Frank Magazine. Online, the
Images Archive of a similar photo)
Anne at 5
This September 1934 photo booth photograph was made in Aachen, Germany, but the Franks
had already moved to Amsterdam by then. Because Grandmother
Holländer lived in Aachen until 1939 (AFBD p. 27), this was probably a photo from a visit there.
Edith and Margot had moved to Amsterdam in December 1933, but
Anne remained with her grandmother in Aachen until the
Amsterdam apartment was fully furnished (AFBD, p. 22). In the diary (see
entry for 15 June 1942), Anne wrote that
she arrived in February 1934 and there are photos of her at Margot's birthday
party in February.
This photo is from the front cover of Anne Frank in the World and
the exhibition guide for the exhibit of the same name.
(Also, you can often find an image of the cover of the book from the exhibit
There is a better view
of the photo part of this booth photo in DE.
AFBD page 14 has a similar photo booth photo of Edith and the girls
taken in March 1933 in Frankfurt am Main.
for similar groupings offsite)
about 6 years old,
(at Getty Images)
and a half,
just about 7 years old,
(Getty Images has this one)
about 9 years old,
(Getty Images has this one)
about 10 years old,
(Getty Images has this one)
about 11 years old, May 1940.
(Getty Images has this)
about 12 years old, May 1941.
Anne Skating with other children.
Miep Gies described the Dutch skating tradition that she knew, in Leiden,
about 20 years before: In winter,
people bundled up and went to the frozen canals. "It
was a festive atmosphere: stalls selling hot chocolate and hot anise
milk; whole families skating together, one behind the next, their arms
hooked to a long pole to swing themselves around; the horizon always flat
and luminous, the winter sun reddish." (Anne Frank Remembered by
Miep Gies, p. 21.)
Later, while in hiding (18 October 1942), Anne wrote down a skating fantasy
in her diary: being a figure skater with her cousin, Bernd.
(CE89 p. 283.)
about 13 years old, May 1942.
(Also large version is
online, and another,
and another. Makes me wonder why AFH demanded I take my copy down..)
One of the "last" photographs of Anne, date unknown.
is in Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary (p. 37).
Here is zoomable version of that.
(And it is in the The Google Cultural Institute site about Anne Frank.)
The yearly photos appear to have been from passport photos they
I drew Anne as an adult via measurements of photos of assorted people as
they grew up. I am not a professional at age progressions.
AFBD refers to
Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary
a Photographic Remembrance, by Ruud van
der Rol and Rian Verhoeven for the Anne Frank House, Puffin Books. It has
many more pictures of Anne and the family.
CE89 refers to
The Diary of Anne Frank: the Critical Edition, prepared
by the Netherlands State Institute for War Documentation, Doubleday, 1989.
DE refers to
The Diary of a Young Girl: the Definitive Edition, Bantam Books.
When Were the "Last" Photos of Anne Frank Taken?
Links to More Pictures
Please Note: Because all photos of Anne Frank are held in strict copyright by both the
Anne Frank-Fonds and
The Anne Frank House,
please do not use these images for anything other than educational use. (Surprisingly,
their sites do not have many photographs!)
Why there are no photos on this page: Because The Anne Frank House (AFH) claims
copyrights over all photos of Anne Frank. They demanded I take down all
Why they went after this site appears to be a reaction to
photos of the diary I used to host here. As you can see above, I found
most of the photos online elsewhere.
(The AFH lawyers started and continued their demands via a stern,
forbidding, and repetitive
method, which they themselves characterized as taking "firm action." I did verify that
they are the AFH lawyers. I don't understand how anyone can claim
copyrights to all photos of an non-recent historical figure.)
"The [Anne Frank House] stated it's goals as 'the restoration of 263
Prinsengracht' and 'the propagation of the ideals left as a legacy
to the world in the diary of Anne Frank.'"
The Hidden Life of Otto Frank p. 262
"To Otto [Frank]'s distress, [the Anne Frank House] was not running as
smoothly as he had hoped, and he had many disagreements with the
board, who he felt did not have enough interest in the educational
aspect of the organization. With his faith in his vision of the [AFH]
shaken, he decided that upon his death the copyright on Anne's diaries
and other writings would be inherited by another group, the
Frank-Fonds in Basel."
Hidden Life of Otto Frank p 276-7
(Reading Muller's biography of Anne Frank and The Hidden Life of Otto
Frank, it appears that Otto Frank left very little to the Anne Frank House, upon
his death in 1980. Specifically: items he'd forgotten that were not needed elsewhere.
HLOF p. 310)
Last Update: 9 June 2013