They were discovered in 1944 and arrested. Anne was sent to a concentration camp, where she died the following year. Her famous diary of the two years she spent in hiding was later found in the room where she and her family had lived. Anne’s father, Otto, had taken the family to Amsterdam, where he had established a small food products business. When Germany invaded The Netherlands in 1940, the Franks once again became subject to escalating anti-Semitic persecution.
(Contemporary Authors, 470) They were discovered and sent from their Haarlem, Holland home to Scheveningen, a Nazi prison. Ten Boom, in her 50’s, was placed on trial for leading the underground system and sent to a German work camp. There she witnessed her father and sister’s death as well as the birth of her inner strength and hope for the future. Upon release from Ravensbruck, Ten Boom began caring for victims of the war and Holocaust and used her powerful speaking ability to share the trials and triumphs of her life. Together, these two powerful authors relive the horror and pain of the Holocaust to educate the unaware world.
These extreme measures prohibited Jews from riding streetcars, forced Jews to attend separate schools, imposed boycotts of Jewish-owned businesses, and required Jews to wear yellow stars to identify themselves as Jewish. The essence of life of even highly intellectual Jews, like the Franks, became ambiguous. Two years after these anti-Semitic laws were enforced, the Nazis harassed, arrested, and sent many Jews in the Netherlands to concentration camps where they were herded together and assassinated. The Franks immediately went into hiding and Anne Frank kept a diary of all the events that had occurred during the war. She recorded every page with grisly details about t... ... middle of paper ... ...o were brutally tortured because we want to, not because we think we have to.
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.
She details a first-hand account of the difficult times she endured during a horrible period of time for the Jewish people in Prague. Through the narrative, it brings to life how terrible the conditions were, and how poorly the people were treated based solely on their surname or religion. Under a Cruel Star, a memoir written by Heda, shows how one Jewish woman from Prague was able to cope with trauma during such a difficult time in the world. Heda grew up in Prague with her family until her early twenties when she was forced to enter a concentration camp. She said, “If every beginning is hard, the beginning of hardship is the hardest” (p. 7).
The true genocide, or race killing, began when Jews were collected up and sent to concentration or work camps. It was in these camps that they would be tortured, murdered, or worked like slaves. As World War 2 neared its end, Hitler put into act what he called the Final Solution, a last ditch effort to eliminate Judism in Europe, in which he killed over six million of them. Anne Frank was a thirteen year old Jewish girl who was forced into hiding in 1942. Her family and another family, the Van Daans, hid in the back of her father, Otto Frank's office building in what they called the "Secret Annex" for the next two years, until they were discovered by a Nazi group called the Gestapo and arrested.
Without a doubt, one of the darkest episodes in the history of mankind involved the systematic extermination of Jews, Gypsies, Slavs and gays by Nazi Germany. In order to get a good sense of the horror and despair that was felt by the interned, one simply needs to read the memoirs of Elie Wiesel in his “Night”, as translated from French by Stella Rodway and copyrighted by Bantam Books in 1960. Elie Wiesel was born in Sighet, Transylvania. His parents ran a shop and cared for him and his three siblings, Hilda, Bea, and Tzipora. Early on, the Jewish community of Sighet payed little heed to the stories of what had happened to foreign Jews that were expelled.
Over the course of the diary, we were able to take a look at the events of Anne’s life in the Secret Annex. Anne’s story began on her thirteenth birthday, when she was given a diary. She began writing in it frequently, seeing it as something to pour all her thoughts into. Then, within a month of her birthday, her entire life changed. Seeing the Nazis as a threat to their family, the Franks decided to go in hiding.
Here the two were victims of a typhus outbreak during their time inside of the camp. Anne and Margot’s father, who had survived his ordeal found his daughter book and got it published. By 1945 the axis powers were on the verge of defeat as the allied powers pushed forward on all fronts. Panicked and concerned Hitler desperately tried to put an end to Jews once and for all fortunately for the Jews Hitler was unsuccessful. By the spring of 1945 the allied troops began freeing the prisoners in all the concentration camps.
Anne Frank In 1933, the Nazis began to execute their plan to round up all the Jews within Europe and relocating them into concentration camps. There, they would be executed or forced to labor until death. In 1942, when the Nazis began to invade their country, the Frank family, who were Jewish, went into hiding in an attic of a warehouse and office building. The Franks' daughter, Anne, kept a diary throughout their entire stay in the so-called "Secret Annexe." Although all the members of the Frank family, except Mr. Otto Frank, perished during the reign of the Nazis, Anne's diary is still in existence today.