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Anne Frank

Amanda MeehanP.1 Feburary 2015

I chose Anne Frank as my topic because her story is quite incredible. I found out so many things about her unbelievable life. By researching Anne Frank, it allowed me to expand what I knew about the Holocaust. I felt like I could connect and better understand her because she was about my age when she wrote in her diary. Anne Frank’s story is remarkable and I am touched by her life.

Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. Anne enjoyed life with her mother, father, and her sister Margot, until 1933. In 1933, Hitler began taking over Germany. Her parents, Edith and Otto, were very panicky because they knew tragic events would soon occur since they were Jewish. They knew their best option was to move to the Netherlands, where they would feel safe again. Otto began a business and Margot and Anne attended a segregated school. The Frank family’s life seemed to be okay again. But then World War II begins! May 10, 1940, Nazi’s and Hitler take over the Netherlands. The Frank family knew they would be faced with great danger. They either had to be sent off to a despairing concentration camp, or hide in fear. Edith and Otto wanted to do anything to keep their family safe. They moved into what is called the Secret Annex with four other hiding Jews. This meant that eight Jews altogether lived with the horror of being found by Nazi’s.

Anne Frank is still an important topic today because many people read her diary. Her diary allows people to learn about the history of the Holocaust. “The Diary of Anne Frank” is one of the best World War II books ever. It has personal information on a Jews life during the horrifying time of when Hitler tried to take over. Anne’s diary shows emotions and what she experienced.

On June 12, 1942, Anne receives a red checkered diary from her parents for her 13th birthday. Anne always wanted to be a writer, and this is when “The Diary of Anne Frank” begins. Her family, along with the four other Jews, hid themselves for two years in the Secret Annex. Anne writes in her diary daily, with deep and thorough thoughts. She wrote, "I've reached the point where I hardly care whether I live or die." August 4, 1944, was the day the Frank family hoped would never come. A German police took the eight Jews and sent them off to Camp Westerbork, a concentration camp. A few months later, they were shipped off to Auschwitz, where Otto would see his wife and two daughter for the last time. During the winter, Anne and Margot were separated from their mother and sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Edith got sick after her daughters left, and died on January 6, 1945. The camp Margot and Anne were sent to was in horrible condition, and they both died in March of 1945. Otto was the only Frank family member to live through the Holocaust. He discovered Anne’s diary and was astonished by what she had wrote. He published her story on June 25, 1947 for the whole world to see.

What would you do if you were a Jew during World War II? An amazing, young, courageous girl, named Anne Frank was forced with this problem. Anne Frank has a life changing story. She wrote about her life and experiences in her diary. “The Diary of Anne Frank” is her diary and was published and read by millions of people. It shares her life during the Holocaust and inspires many who read about her story.

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