What happened to the people Anne Frank hid with?

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Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Good question!  Since Anne's diary ends so abruptly when their hiding place is discovered, it is not immediately known.

The official Anne Frank.org site, however, tells what happened to at least some of those who were found by the Nazis:

“I can no longer talk about how I felt when my family arrived on the train platform in Auschwitz and we were forcibly seperated from each other.”

Otto Frank, 1979

Every man and woman receives a number, which is tatooed on their arm. All their heads are shaven bald. They receive prison-camp clothes, because they are not allowed to keep their own clothes.

The men are placed in one part of the camp, the women in another. Otto Frank, Fritz Pfeffer and Hermann and Peter van Pels manage to stay together. Most prisoners have to perform heavy labor digging trenches. Peter is luckier: he is assigned to the camp post office. Guards and non-Jews may receive mail. Because Peter handles the packages that arrive, he is sometimes able to “arrange” a bit of extra food.

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The Diary of a Young Girl

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