Gov. Deal Visits Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

July 2012 - Governor Nathan Deal and Mrs. Deal were guests at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Governor Deal visitited the cities of Zurich, Basel, Bern, and Amsterdam, meeting with high-level government ministers and business leaders to explore business opportunities.

In September, 1933, Otto Frank left his hometown of Frankfurt, Germany, to set up his Opteka business in Amsterdam. His wife, Edith, and daughters, Annne and Margot, joined him later.At the time, Amsterdam, the Netherlands' largest city, had a Jewish population of about 75,000 which increased to over 79,000 in 1941. Jews represented less than 10 percent of the city's total population. More than 10,000 of these were foreign Jews who had found refuge in Amsterdam in the 1930s. In 1938, Otto started a second company, Pectacon, in partnership with Hermann van Pels, a Jewish butcher who had also fled from Germany with this family. Both businesses eventually moved to the building on Prisengracht 263. The Frank family, van Pels family, and Fritz Pfeffer hid in a secret apartment above and behind the businesses for nearly two years before being turned-in and arrested in August of 1944.