Perhaps more than any other figure, Anne Frank gave a human face to the victims of the Holocaust. Annelies Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Because of their Jewish faith, Anne Frank and her family fled Nazi Germany for the Netherlands in 1933 to avoid persecution. After Germany invaded the Netherlands in 1942, the family spent two years living in a small hidden room in Amsterdam in order to elude capture by Nazi occupation forces. They were discovered in 1944 and arrested.
Otto and Edith Frank knew that as long as the Nazis were in power, life for Jews in Germany would become more and more dangerous. And they decided to move to the Netherlands. In Amsterdam, Anne and her sister had a busy and happy life, they quickly learned Dutch, attended school, and made many new friends. In May 1940 the Nazis got Holland and soon began to place limits on the economic and social freedom the citizens. In the movie we saw how Jews had to register with the authorities so the Germans knew the names and addresses of every Jew in Holland.
Marion watched the German invasion on May 10, 1940, and as anti-Semitic laws were passed, she told her Jewish friends to escape or to hide. Her father was not Jewish; however, he was disappointed that the Dutch government did not do more to help Jewish refugees. As Hitler rose to power she watched many children being thrown into trucks which encouraged her assist in the rescue effort. Marion remembered two soldiers joking about picking up small children by the arms, legs, and hair, and tossing them around. In 1942 she took in the Polak family and hid them in a tiny space under her living room.
Anne Frank Anne Frank lived with her family in a pleasant house. For Anne and her sister, Margot, their early childhood was a sucure place inhabited by loving parents, relatives and nurses. However, the Nazis had gained power in some parts of Germany. The Nazis wanted all Jews to be killed. Otto Frank, Anne's father, did not hestitate to wait for the Nazis to come into full power.
Her father foresaw that Hitler’s power boded disaster for the Jews. In May 1940, the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands took place, which cast a shadow on Anne’s happy childhood. The situation became worse with the restrictions placed on the Jews. One restriction was that Jewish children were only allowed at Jewish schools. Anne went to the Jewish school called The Jewish Lyceum.
However in 1933, running from Hitler, the Family moved from their native city and went to Aachen for a few months. After Aachen they settled in Amsterdam, where Otto had his own business. things were great there for a few years, but then the Germans invaded the Netherlands on May 10th, 1940. Many harsh anti-jew decrees took place in the following months. This is when Anne was forced to leave her school and go to a Jewish secondary school.
The Diary of an Anne Frank The events recounted in Anne Frank’s Diary took place during World War 11. By 1933, the strongest party in Germany had gained ultimate power with Hitler under their command. Hitler was Germany’s dictator who spread his gospel of racial hatred through politics. While poverty and unemployment were at an all time high he launched a campaign of anti-Semitism. Hitler’s main target was the Jews, claiming that they were “racially inferior.” He developed an idea of a Master Aryan Race, the need to rid Germany of “inferior people”, such as Jews and Gypsies, and the need to expand Germany’s borders.
She then tells us that he family lives somewhat of an anxious life because she still had family living in Germany, but then her grandma came to Holland with them and her two uncles fled to North America. She tells that after 1940 the Nazi’s occupied Holland and made restrictive laws forcing Jews to wear yellow stars to identify themselves. The Germans also made laws that forced the Jews to turn in their bicycles, shop only during certain hours. The Jews were also restricted from riding in streetcars, attending most schools, visiting Christian homes, and going outside at night. In this chapter Anne also starts addressing her diary “Kitty”.
From the first day she had it, she would write all the thoughts, feelings and wishes she had. Her parents were sales people, that thought, that in Neatherlands they might be safe from the nazis. Her life changed, when in July of 1942, the nazis came there searching for jewish people. So the Frank’s took a hard decision: hide from the nazis, living in the house secret room. They were shearing this room with the Van Daan family, close friends to their family.
Anne lived in constant fear. August 1944, the group in hiding are betrayed and split up into various concentration camps, ... ... middle of paper ... ...could come down and have hour long conversations with people I’ve never met before. Hearing what Anne went through though makes me wonder how a seemingly insignificant book kept her sane and positive for that amount of time. August 4th, 1944. Just sixty years ago this year, the eleven were betrayed.