The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

describe the van daans in detail

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Mr. Van Daan

A business associate of Mr. Frank. He was formerly in the meat and sausage business. He arranges for his family to live with the Franks in the annex of their former establishment. Anne considers him to be an insufferable know-it-all, though she reserves the majority of her ire for his wife. He is gassed at Auschwitz.

Mrs. Van Daan

Mr. Van Daan's wife. The Van Daans are also German; Mrs. Van Daan's Dutch is poor. She is vain and lacking in humility. Anne finds her to be the most insufferable annex resident of them all and is particulary annoyed when Mrs. Van Daan flirts with Mr. Frank. Peter Van Daan has trouble talking to her, this leads Anne to believe that she, like Mrs. Frank, lacks mothering skills. She dies in the camp at Belsen.

Peter Van Daan

The only son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan. He is almost sixteen when he comes to live in the annex. Shy, awkward, and introspective, he does not pique Anne's attention until they have been living in the annex for almost two years. Then they begin a deep friendship that leads to some physical intimacy. Anne is at first head over heels in love with him, then she realizes that, although he is a nice young man, he is weak-minded and lacks character. He disappears on a forced march with the German army.