My View: Numerical curiosities mark Anne Frank's 90th birthday


Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank, a Dutch-Jewish diarist, was born June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt. Her story is well known. Her family moved to Amsterdam to avoid complications caused by the Nazi Party. At 13, Anne received a red and white autograph book that she used as a dairy.

She began writing in mid-June 1942. A month later, her family went into hiding in a secret apartment behind her father's business in German-occupied Amsterdam. After 25 months in hiding, they were discovered and sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination and concentration camp. Anne and her sister were sent to Bergen-Belsen, a concentration camp in Northern Germany, where they died of typhus.