Anne Frank

by Yoana from Miami

"Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!"- Anne Frank

Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany on June 12,1929. She and her family were middle-class and Jewish. Their family was happy for the first 2 years after Anne was born. But then the economy went into crisis and was overpowered by Hitler on 1933. She and her family realized that it was time to flee. The Franks moved to the Netherlands, in late 1933. Anne started to attend Montessori School in 1934; through the rest of the 1930's she lived a happy and normal childhood. 


But then on September 1, 1939, the Nazi Germany invaded Poland during World War II and in 1940 they invaded the Netherlands. Frank later wrote in her diary, "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." In the beginning of October, the Nazi imposed anti-Jewish measures where the Jews were required to wear a yellow Star of David at all times, follow a strict curfew, and unfortunately were forbidden to own businesses. On Frank's 13th birthday her parents gave her a red-checkered diary and on the same day she wrote her first entry. 

On July 5, 1942, they received an official summons to report to a Nazi work camp in Germany; the next day they went into hiding. They decided to hide in makeshift quarters in an empty space at the back of Otto Frank's company building, which they referred to as the Secret Annex. Other families also were hiding with the Frank family. They were able to have food and information about the outside world because of Otto's employees Kleiman and Kugler. The families spent two years without ever once stepping outside. Anne decided to write in her diary while time passed by.

"I've reached the point where I hardly care whether I live or die,"

 "The world will keep on turning without me, and I can't do anything to change events anyway."

The act of her writing allowed Frank to maintain her sanity. "When I write, I can shake off all my cares," she wrote on April 5, 1944. In the entries of her diary a teenage girl is revealed with creativity, depth of emotion, and wisdom far beyond her years.

On August 4, 1944, the families were found and arrested by the Nazis. The Franks were separated and the mom died on January 6, 1945 because she was ill. And then Anne and her sister came down with typhus and died. Anne Frank died on March 1945 in Lower Saxony, Germany.  Otto Frank, the father, was the only member who survived from his family. After the war he went back to Amsterdam and found Anne's diary. He then decided to publish the diary, The Secret Annex: Diary Letters from June 14, 1942 to August 1, 1944, published on June 25, 1947.  

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Anne looked on the bright side of things; she was strong and brave. She wrote all her fears in the diary which helped her be the person she was. Anne Frank helped the world understand that the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust had faces, lives, and personalities. Without her help, the world would never know the intensity of the pain caused during this time. Anne Frank is a hero because she was optimistic, patient, unselfish, and strong. For some, she has been someone to look up to. For others, she has been a victim of wrongdoing that will help to prevent the same tragedy from happening again. She died unjustly. If she had lived, she could have been someone who was famous for her life, not her death.

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