Anne Frank

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Anne Frank A young Jewish girl, who spent two years hiding along with seven others in the Secret Annex in Amsterdam during World War II, became a symbol of hope for all the people who suffered during the Holocaust. Anne Frank’s childhood is harbored in the diary she wrote while in hiding, in the aftermath of her and her family being discovered create the symbol the world has come to understand as hope. Even though Anne Frank’s story happened over 60 years ago, the world still remembers the thirteen year olds story. Anne Frank was a Jewish girl born on June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Her parents were Otto and Edith Frank, along with an older sibling named Margot. During the time when Anne was born, Germany was suffering through a crisis. An economic crisis brought poverty and unemployment (Metselaar 15). A politician named Adolf Hitler thought he could solve the problems, but Hitler and his party, the NSDAP, were anti-Semitic which means they hated Jew and blamed them for all of Germany’s problems that they were going through during that time. (Metsalaar 16) Anne lived in Frankfurt until she was four because they were Jewish. Her dad had to immigrate to Holland in 1933, which he became the Managing Director of the Butch Opekta Company. In the month of April, Hitler and his government started to discriminate the Jews. Jewish teachers and civil servants were dismissed. At school, Jewish children were bullied and called names. Otto and Edith Frank decided to leave Germany. They were not the only ones. Thousands of people, Hitler’s political opponents, artists, and scientists, including many Jews, fled Germany (Metselaar 34). After May 1940 the good times were few and far between: first there was the war, then the capitulation, and then the arrival of the Germans, which is when the trouble started for the Jews. Our freedom was severely restricted by a

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