The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank Characters

Anne Frank

Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank, Margot's younger sister, and (eventually, and for a time) Peter van Daan's girlfriend. Born in Germany, Anne immigrated to Holland with her family at the age… (read full character analysis)

Otto Frank ("Pim")

Mrs. Frank's husband, father of Anne and Margot. Up until he goes into hiding, he is the founder and Managing Director of the Dutch Opekta Company, which manufactures products used to make jam… (read full character analysis)

Peter van Daan

Son of Mr. and Mrs. van Daan, and (eventually) Anne's boyfriend. Peter is 16 when he joins the Frank family in the Secret Annex. Anne initially views Peter as awkward and… (read full character analysis)

Alfred Dussel

A dentist in his late fifties who joins the Franks and the van Daans in the Secret Annex. Anne is often at odds with Mr. Dussel, in no small part because she shares a… (read full character analysis)

Peter Schiff ("Petel")

A boy Anne had a fleeting "romance" with when she was very young. She feels that Petel is her one true love – though later in the diary she admits that her feelings for Petel… (read full character analysis)
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Minor Characters
Kitty
The imaginary friend Anne often writes to in her diary. Although Kitty isn't a real person, she is a central figure in Anne's life, given that Kitty is perhaps the only "person" Anne can truly confide in.
Edith Frank
Mr. Frank's wife, mother of Anne and Margot. Anne views Mrs. Frank as nervous, irritable, and incapable of being a true mother to Anne and Margot.
Margot
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank, and Anne's older sister. Margot is 16 at the time Anne begins writing her diary. Margot is, in Anne's eyes, the favored child: she's smart, beautiful, and quiet.
Hermaan van Daan
Mrs. van Daan's husband, and father of Peter. Anne views Mr. van Daan as an opinionated man, well versed in politics, who has a tempestuous relationship with his wife.
Petronella van Daan
Mr. van Daan's wife, and mother of Peter. Anne is often at odds with Mrs. van Daan. Anne views Mrs. van Daan as a flirtatious, superficial, and self-centered woman who has a tempestuous relationship with her husband.
Miep Gies
Jan's wife. Miep is a non-Jewish employee of the Dutch Opekta Company and a close friend of the Franks. She helps the Franks, the van Daans, and Mr. Dussel go into hiding.
Jan Gies
Miep's husband. Jan is a close friend of the Franks. He is appointed the nominal director of the Dutch Opekta Company after Mr. Frank is forced to give it up under new Nazi regulations that ban Jews from directing companies.
Victor Kugler
An employee of the Dutch Opekta Company and non-Jewish friend of the Franks. Mr. Kugler helps the Franks, the van Daans, and Mr. Dussel go into hiding.
Johannes Kleiman
An employee of the Dutch Opekta Company and friend of the Franks. Mr. Kleiman helps the Franks, the van Daans, and Mr. Dussel go into hiding.
Elizabeth Voskuijl ("Bep")
Mr. Voskuijl's daughter.An employee of the Dutch Opekta Company and non-Jewish friend of the Franks. Bep helps the Franks, the van Daans, and Mr. Dussel go into hiding.
Johannes Voskuijl
Bep's father. He is the non-Jewish manager of the warehouses of the Dutch Opekta Company.
Grandma
Anne's grandmother on her mother's side, who died of an illness shortly before the Franks went into hiding. Anne often has dreams of Grandma, and views her as a guardian angel.
Hanneli Goslar
One of Anne's best childhood friends. Anne feels guilt that she couldn't save Hanneli from the Nazis, and Hanneli comes to symbolize, to Anne, the suffering of the Jews.
Jacqueline van Maarsen
One of Anne's best childhood friends.
Hello Silberberg
One of Anne's admirers.
Moortje
The Frank family cat. Moortje has to be left behind when the Franks go into hiding.
Mouschi
One of the cats that lives in the Secret Annex.
Charlotte –
Alfred Dussel's Christian girlfriend, with whom he was living before he was forced to go into hiding.
Mr. van Hoeven
A man who supplies potatoes and other foodstuffs to the Annex.
Wilhelm van Maaren
The man who takes over running the Dutch Opekta Company's warehouse after Mr. Voskuijl is diagnosed with cancer. There are some who believe that Mr. van Maaren betrayed the residents of the Annex to the police.