Frankfurt - Marbachweg 307

It was at this address in Frankfurt – Westend that Otto and Edith Frank lived in a house with their children, Margot (born 1926) and Anne (born 1929), when the Nazis came to power in 1933. Otto realized the danger of the Nazis and moved with his family to Amsterdam to start a new life.

In July 1942, when the nazis systematically began deporting the Jews of Holland to ghettos and extermination camps in eastern Europe, the Frank family hid together with the van Pels family at Prinzengracht 263. In August 1944, the families were betrayed and sent via Westerbork to Auschwitz. Edith died in Auschwitz in January 1945, Anne and Margot were deported to Bergen-Belsen in October or November 1944 and died of typhus in march 1945. Otto Frank was seriously ill when the Red Army liberated Auschwitz but survived, remarried after the war and died in 1980 at the age of 91.

Current status: Preserved with information board (2011).

Address: Marbachweg 307, 60320 Frankfurt am Main.

Get there: Metro to Dornbusch Station.

My comment:

At first glance, one might think that a monument at Anne Frank’s childhood house is overambitious. But Anne Frank is such a strong symbol of the Holocaust that an information board at her childhood home is what one can expect.

Follow up in books: Müller, Melissa: Anne Frank (1999).