Peter  van Pels's Memorial

Peter van Pels
(1926 - 1945)


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Name: Mr Peter van Pels
Maiden Name: Aron
Gender: Male
Age: 18 years old
Lived: Monday, 8 November 1926 - Saturday, 5 May 1945

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Peter Aron van Pels (November 8, 1926 – c. May 5, 1945), was a German Jewish refugee who hid with Anne Frank and seven other people in the Secret Annex on the Prinsengracht, Amsterdam, during the Nazi Occupation of the Netherlands, and who died in the Mauthausen concentration camp, Austria. In the published version of Anne Frank's diary he was given the pseudonym Peter van Daan. After several failed attempts to emigrate, the van Pels family joined the Franks in their hiding place in concealed rooms at the rear of Otto Frank's office building on 13 July 1942. Although he was already acquainted with Anne Frank, neither ever relished the prospect of living with each other. When he joined the Franks in hiding, Peter was sixteen, and Anne Frank was thirteen. Her diary recounts how her initial feelings of dislike for the shy and awkward boy changed as she learned more about him and his feelings. Eventually they started a romance. She received her first kiss from him, but her infatuation.

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Fathers Name: Hermann van Pels
Mothers Name: Auguste van Pels
City of Residence: Osnabrück, Germany
Marital Status: Single
Religion: Jewish



Place of Passing: Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp
Date of Passing: 5 May 1945
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