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Anne Frank

by Tyler from Moorhead

I think Anne Frank is hero for sharing her story with readers all around the world. Anne did what others did not. She records the emotions of a normal, Middle-Class adolescent and she was very quick to criticize, and often trivial but always preoccupied with changes and she was extremely brave and optimistic. I also think that it was nice of her to share her father's attic with another family and a dentist plus she was brave when she went to the concentration camp. I think Anne Frank is a really brave person and I hope she lived a good life of the much time she had.

I think Anne Frank would be recognized as a hero, but she would not be the only one. Anne was not the only one to die during the Holocaust and was not the only one to keep a diary. Anne was not the only one to be robbed of home and life. Every single person, Jew or not, who was persecuted by Hitler's army is a HERO. Every person who fought for the Jews is a HERO. And every person who stood up for their rights is a HERO. So I think that makes Anne Frank a HERO. Anne Frank gave the world the feelings and dreams of a young Jewish girl through the words in her diary. Though her rights and life were taken away because she was a Jew, her words live on and give new hope to all who read them

In 1933, when Hitler began to gather power, the Frank family moved to the Netherlands. They stayed there with Anne's grandmother. When Anne became old enough to attend school, her parents sent her to the Montessori school nearby. Anne's life was carefree and happy. On her 13th birthday she received a diary which she wrote in a lot. She would never have thought that her life would end while she was still a young person.

Hitler was slowly moving in to capture the Netherlands and they felt that their lives were no longer safe for Jewish people. Jewish children were separated from their friends and put into segregated schools. All Jews, young and old, were forced to wear the Star of David on their clothes and could never go without it. At first, the Frank family could handle the strict rules and discrimination. But when Margot received a notice ordering her to go to a concentration camp, they knew they had to do something. They had to go into hiding. In 1942 the Frank family moved into the Secret Annex, with only a few of their belongings. They moved to the Annex which was a house behind another house that was not visible from the road

The Annex was bare and empty when Anne got there, but soon Margot and Anne filled the room with their pictures and memories. A couple weeks after the Franks moved in, the Van Pels family (Mr. and Mrs. Van Pels and their 15-year-old son, Peter) joined them. Now there were seven people in hiding.  They weren't allowed to go outside from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, which were office hours, the families had to be completely quiet for fear of being heard and discovered. Anne and the others lived in hiding for two whole years, and they felt the threat of being found were always on their mind and on the morning of August 4, 1944, the German police charged into the room, guns raised high. They spilled Anne's things onto the floor, including the diary. It laid there full of her memories. Anne did not flinch or cry, but remained silent as she had so many times before. The prisoners were taken to separate camps, where all but Otto met their death. What really was sad is that both Anne and Margot died just weeks before they would have been freed and why a girl, 15 is now dead just because of her beliefs. Thousands, millions were murdered just because they were Jews.  I think Anne Frank would be recognized as a hero, but she would not be the only one. Anne was not the only one to die during the Holocaust and was not the only one to keep a diary. Anne  was not the only one to be robbed of home and life. Every single person, Jew or not, who was persecuted by Hitler's army is a HERO. Every person who fought for the Jews is a HERO. And every person who stood up for their rights is a HERO. So I think that makes Anne Frank a HERO. Anne Frank gave the world the feelings and dreams of a young Jewish girl through the words in her diary. Though her rights and life were taken away because she was a Jew, her words live on and give new hope to all who read them.


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