One of Alice und Michael’s sons, Otto Frank, developed a fondness for the work of Frankfurt poet Friedrich Stolze, known for his sharp-tongued poems about the Prussian government. During his secondary education at the Lessing-Gymnasium Otto learned Latin, Greek and French; he also received private cello and riding lessons. Jewish tradition did not play a central role in his family. Although Otto attended religious studies classes, he did not celebrate his bar mitzvah (the Hebrew term denoting the beginning of religious maturity for a thirteen-year-old boy following his first reading of the Torah).


  • Title: Otto Frank with cello
  • Date Created: around 1901
  • Location Created: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Subject Keywords: childhood, humanism, education
  • Type: photography
  • Rights: Familie Frank Zentrum/Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt, © Anne Frank Fonds Basel
  • Medium: photography

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