Otto Frank

Otto Frank was the father of Anne Frank and the only survivor of the small party of Jews that famously hid with Anne in a tiny annex in Amsterdam.

Following the war, Otto Frank, a survivor of Auschwitz, acted as a voice for his young daughter Anne, publishing her now-renowned diary so that others might learn from the lessons of the Holocaust.

Otto was a private man, however, and gave only a few rare interviews before his death in 1980. One such interview has been compiled by the Anne Frank House and posted to YouTube—it has been viewed by more than half-a-million users.

“I know, too, that in reading the diary, parents and teachers will learn a lot,” Otto says in the interview. “To build up a future you have to know the past. You see, I am pretty old now, but I am not a bitter man.”

From Anne Frank House:

This is one of the few television interviews Otto Frank gave. Sitting in one of the rooms of the Secret Annex, he is talking about his surprise at the things Anne Frank wrote in her diary. Her thoughts on life, her self-criticism: this was not the daughter he had known.

Watch the touching interview below.