Peter van Pels is the deceased love interest of Anne Frank and it's based on true story.
Peter is the late son of Hermann and Auguste and was born on 8 November 1926 in Osnabrück, Germany.
Peter and his family lived in Germany until 1937, before moving to Amsterdam to escape the persecution by the Nazi party. In Amsterdam, the Van Pelses met the Franks and Peter's father Hermann became a business partner of Otto Frank.
The Van Pelses had been trying to emigrate to the United States, and when the notices for Jews to return to Germany to work in labour camps became more frequent, they decided they couldn't wait any longer. They joined the Frank family in the Secret Annex on 13 July 1942.
Initially, Anne thought little of Peter, but as he became more confident, taking on handyman roles around the annex, Anne's opinion of him changed. Romance blossomed, but in the close confines of the Secret Annex, it was brief.
After the raid in August 1944, Peter was transferred with the rest of the inhabitants to Westerbork camp and then on to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
He watched as his father and a group of men were marched away, only later to see a truck return with just their clothing.
As the Russians approached, the Nazis evacuated the camp and after a long march from Auschwitz, Peter ended up at Mauthausen concentration camp, where he died on 5 May 1945.