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Anne was given her diary on her thirteenth birthday, June 12, 1942. Two day days later, she began writing in it about her family, her friends, and her school. Anne's diary would become her very best friend, a friend she could trust with everything. She called her new friend "Kitty."

After the German police took all the inhabitants of the Secret Annex away, Miep Gies returned and gathered up the pages of Anne's diary and some of the Frank family photo albums.