Frank Family Centre

The Frank Family Centre in Frankfurt am Main, where Anne Frank was born, is part of the Jewish Museum of Frankfurt and will document the story of Anne Frank's family. The ANNE FRANK FONDS will provide the museum with paintings, photos, memorabilia and furniture that belonged to the Frank family, who had lived in Frankfurt since the 16th century. The planned new permanent exhibition in the Jewish Museum of Frankfurt will present the story of the Stern, Frank and Elias families in the context of a German-Jewish history that spanned centuries and ended abruptly with the extermination of Jews in the Holocaust. The Frank-Elias family association goes back a long way in the history of Frankfurt. The first documents stem from the 16th and 17th centuries. The oldest portrait of a Frankfurt Jew, painted in 1671, is of Süsskind Stern, a direct ancestor of Anne Frank.

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History of the Frank family

The roots of the family of Anne Frank can be traced back to the Judengasse (Jews' lane) in Frankfurt. The Stern and Cahn families, direct ancestors of Anne Frank, were among the inhabitants of the Judengasse.

Contemporary historical context

On May 10, 1940, one month before Anne Frank celebrated her 11th birthday in Amsterdam, Nazi Germany invaded the small neutral Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Family album

The family album shows parts of life of the Frank Family.