By Wyatt Shepherd
Fritz was born and raised in Germany. He grew up to fight in the First World War on the German side. He later got a dentistry license and opened a shop in Germany. He later married Vera Bythiner, the marriage produced one son Peter but ended in divorce six years later. He later was forced to move by German occupation into a different part of Germany were he opened a second shop. He would later meet the Franks and Miep at a house party and they would become regular patience is of him. Even though he himself wasn't Jewish he had Jewish haritige on his mothers side.
The theme, we must have courage no matter the obstacle is shown many times throughout the play The Diary of Anne Frank. There were a lot of moments when the families in the annex had courage. Such as when during there Hannukkah celebration a thief broke into the factory, however knowing that it might be the German police Mr. Frank goes down to check the noise he was scared but for the safety of his family and friends he was willing (407-409). Even though there was a great chance that he would have been captured and taken away he faced his greatest fear in order to protect his family and friends. That is true courage. Another example of when courage is shown in the play is at the beginning of the war the Frank's and the Vandans had to go into hiding knowing that it would be very difficult to survive. Even as difficult as it was they still took in two other people often stretching food rations, and increasing the chance that they might get caught (391). Despite all of the risks the two families were taking they still took in Mr. Dussel and to have courage to go through this difficult process. The last example of courage is shown through out the entire play by Miep giving the families a place to hide, visiting them often, giving them part of her rations, giving them a radio and books, and she did all of that knowing that if they or her were caught she would most likely die as well. This shows that Miep has a huge amount of courage through the the entirety of the play never wavering from her responsibilities and never giving up hope through out the play.
The theme, one must persevere through life's hardships is shown many times through out the play The Diary of Anne Frank. There were a lot of moments were everyone in the annex had to persevere. Such as when Mr. Van Daan was caught stealing food from the Annex, at first everyone was understandable angry towards him at first until Margot spoke up, '' NO. We haven't sunk so far that we're going to fight over a handful of rotten potatoes" (427). This is the last line of the fight before Miep comes in to tell everyone about the D-day. What this shows to everyone in the annex is what they actually fighting over is a piece of bread and how meaningless the argument is. This is made even more of an impact because Margot never says anything out loud or loses her wits. Another example of perseverance is at the beginning of the war when everyone had to deal with a lot of rules in order to keep every one safe. Some of the rules included not making a sound from eight in the morning to six at night, they must burn every piece of trash in the stove, and they can't run water from eight until six (375). This shows how much they have to persevere through out the entire play until the war is over. There is also a total of eight people that can't make a single sound for most of the day. One finally example of persevere is purely the fact that Anne and her family must live with 4 other people in extremely tight living quarters for roughly two years. With very little space to move around and almost no personal space to keep to them selfs. Arguments often erupted in the annex over this but nothing that any can't persevere through. However they all now how fortunate they are, to have a place to stay, such as when Mr. Frank said this, " a moment ago we'd thought they'd come for us. We were certain it was the end, but it wasn't. We are safe"(409). This shows that despite what happens they are still safe in the annex, and despite the des pleasure of being stuck their they are safe. That is why the Vandans and the Franks all have perseverance through out the entirety of the play.