Profile for Peter van Daan from The Diary of a Young Girl (page 1)
Peter "Van Daan" van Pels
Son of Hermann van Pels and Auguste van Pels. Peter van Pels , born November 8, and died May 2, Peter died in Mauthausen after a death march. Otto Frank had protected him during their period if imprisonment together, as the two men had been assigned to the same work group. Frank later stated that he had urged Peter to hide in Auschwitz and remain behind with him, rather than set out on the forced march, but Peter felt that he would have a better chance of survival if he joined the march. Mauthausen Concentration Camp records indicate that Peter van Pels was registered upon his arrival there on January 25, Four days later, he was placed in an outdoor labor group.
One of the Dutch "protectors" has described Peter as a "simple, lovable boy, whom Anne would sometimes tease for his slow, methodical ways. Peter was a quiet, handsome boy with a forest of brown curls and blue-gray eyes. At the Westerbork reception camp, Anne and Peter were still together, and they made a striking and handsome pair. At Auschwitz, however, men were separated from women upon arrival, so we must presume that after their dispatch there, on September 2, , they did not see one another again. When the women were ordered to go to the left, at the Auschwitz railway station, Peter, Mr. Frank, Mr.
Peter van Pels was 15 years old when he had to go into hiding with his parents., Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank 12 June — February  was a German-born Jewish girl who, along with her family and four other people, hid in the second and third floor rooms at the back of her father's Amsterdam company during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Helped by several trusted employees of the company, the group of eight survived in the achterhuis literally "back-house", usually translated as "secret annex" for more than two years before they were betrayed.
On Friday 7 January , Anne Frank confessed her love for a boy she had been smitten with for years. She had first set eyes upon him in school in , and they had been 'inseparable' for a whole summer, walking hand in hand through their neighbourhood in Amsterdam, him in a white cotton suit, her in a short summer dress. He was 'tall, slim and good-looking, with a serious, quiet and intelligent face'. He had dark hair, brown eyes, a slightly pointed nose. Anne was 'crazy about his smile', which gave him a mischievous air.
Okay, this guy is actually Peter van Daan. But he's a little bit like Peter Pan —he's mesmerizing, innocent, and more than a little reluctant to grow up. It's not as though we blame Peter—whose actual name was Peter van Pels—for his immaturity. The situation he finds himself in is so horrific and claustrophobic that it makes sense that he'd prioritize getting through the days instead of bettering himself. Soon she has a crush on him, and decides that he is very sweet and desperately in need of affection:. In the meantime, things are getting more and more wonderful here.