#OnthisDay 27 January 1945 the Russian army liberates #Auschwitz concentration camp. #OttoFrank is one of around 8,000 prisoners remaining in the camp, most of them desperately ill. ‘Ruski’, Otto later writes on this date in his diary. Otto Frank is the only one of the eight people who hid in the Secret Annex to survive the horrors of the war. He has lost his wife Edith and his daughters Margot and Anne. Shortly before his death he says: ‘I am now almost ninety and my strength is slowly failing. Still, the task I received from Anne continues to restore my energy: to struggle for reconciliation and human rights throughout the world.’ Otto Frank dies on 19 August 1980. Photo of Otto Frank in 1979. #Today is #HolocaustMemorialDay #HMD2019 Read more: www.annefrank.org/…/ann…/main-characters/otto-frank/
Comment Pieter: My Polish aunt from Warsaw was one of the liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Otto Heinrich Frank (12 May 1889 – 19 August 1980) was a German businessman who later became a resident of the Netherlands and Switzerland. He was the father of Anne and Margot Frank. As the sole member of his family to survive the Holocaust, he inherited Anne's manuscripts after her death, arranged for the publication of her diary as The Diary of a Young Girl in 1947, and oversaw its transition to the stage and screen.