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Anne Frank

by Kate from Roseville

"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."
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A hero is someone who changes the way someone thinks.  When you first think of the word hero, you think of a huge muscular man saving the world.  Most people don't think of a scared but brave girl hiding from Nazi soldiers in a Secret Annex room for two years.  Not only was Anne Frank brave, she was just a kid.  Anne Frank was only 13 when she went into hiding.  Anne Frank was only 15 when she and her family were discovered and sent to concentration camps.  Anne Frank was a hero because she was brave in the toughest times,  stayed positive no matter the situation, and finally, saw the beauty in everything and everyone.

When Anne Frank was four years old, her family moved to the Netherlands (Amsterdam).  From that point on she lived a normal life there.  She had lots of friends, and did well in school.  In September 1, 1939 Nazi Germany invaded Poland.  The Nazis made the Jewish people wear yellow stars on every outfit.  They also said that Jewish people could not go to school with non-Jewish people.  When Anne was 13 her family went into hiding.  The Nazis had started to collect and send people to concentration camps and death camps.  They hid in what people now call the Secret Annex with four other Jews.  Two years, later Nazi soldiers stormed the Secret Annex room and found all of the hiding Jews including Anne Frank and her family.  Later after the war Miep (a family friend) gave Anne Frank's diary to her dad (Otto Frank).  Miep had kept it hidden in hope to give it back to Anne if she ever returned.  Otto refused to read her diary for a long time, but about a month after he received Anne's diary, he began to read the diary. As he read he was astounded by what a good writer Anne was. He couldn't believe the grave details stored in her diary. He read of all of her thoughts from the ages 13 to 15. Through Anne Frank's life, she had been beaten, tortured, starved, and mistreated. Even through all of this, she always tried to stay positive. ¨Whoever is happy, will make others happy too.¨

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Anne Frank also taught people that no matter your age, you can be tough and stay positive.  A lot of people are inspired by Anne Frank.  Her family were some of those people.  Living in a small Annex room was not an easy thing, many people would go crazy never being able to go outside.  A lot of the time, Anne's family was depressed and sad.  Anne always tried to stay positive, and keep her family positive too.  She would try to keep everyone positive by making up stories and making up fun games to play.  Anne Frank shows people to view only the good in the world.  Even knowing all the bad things that the Nazis were doing at the time, she still believed,In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death." She knew that these soldiers were just following orders, but some of them were still good people.

"I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains." This quote shows how she viewed the cup half full instead of half empty. She still thought of life as something precious, something you shouldn't waste, no matter how bad. She also tried to view people in that form. Even when she and her family were caught and sent to camps, she tried to view life as something positive. Even though the Nazi soldiers were doing horrible things to many innocent people, Anne Frank thought that a lot of them were still good at heart. She knew that the soldiers were just following orders trying to make a living, and they didn't know what they were doing was wrong. She knew that they thought that what they were doing was for the good of humanity.

All in all, Anne Frank is a hero to many people to this day.  She has changed many lives with her braveness, and her courage to see the beauty in life's darkest times.  She was only a kid when she died, but she had experienced more than most adults.  She lived through an era where you were forced to believe in someone or something you didn't believe in.  If you did not obey and do as you were told in that time period you would be killed or tortured.  Anne Frank may not have lived long, but she died a hero, and that's all that matters.

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Last edited 12/11/2014 12:00:00 AM

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Faulkner, Rebecca. "Anne Frank Biography." [Online] Available http://www.biography.com/people/anne-frank-9300892. 2014.

Tutararia, James. In the life of Anne Frank. Anne Frank Center Inc., 2014.

.. "Anne Frank." [Online] Available http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/anne-frank. 2014.