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8 people who changed the world as kids

By: Katherine Butler on March 16, 2018, 3:01 p.m.
Anne Frank sits at a desk in 1940.

Photo: Collectie Anne Frank Stichting Amsterdam/Wikimedia Commons

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Anne Frank

Anne Frank is perhaps the most well-known Jewish victim of the Nazi Holocaust of World War II. Frank, born June 12, 1929, was given a diary at the age of 13, in which she chronicled her life from 1942 to 1944. During this time, Anne spent two years in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in a secret annex with four other Jews. Betrayed and discovered in 1944, Anne was sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she died of typhus in 1945. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, was the only occupant of the secret annex to survive the war. In 1947, he published Anne’s diary as "The Diary of a Young Girl." Anne’s account of her interment, as well as her deep belief in the good of humanity in the light of atrocities, has become one of the world’s most widely read books. It is a testament to tremendous grace possible within the human spirit. The video below, shot July 22, 1941, shows the only time Anne Frank has ever been captured on film. The Anne Frank House provided this film footage thanks to the cooperation of the couple.