The Diary of Anne Frank

Peter Van Daan

You must have courage no matter what the obstacle.

The theme, having courage no matter what the obstacle is clearly shown in The Diary of Anne Frank. It was a very hard thing for the Franks to leave their home and go into hiding. Especially with four other people, but Anne wasn’t afraid but more excited. “It’s hard describing what it feels like to go into hiding…” (381). Even though most of the other families who lived in the Annex were scared and undetermined Anne was anxious and excited and thought of the opportunity in a very positive way. But she would soon figure out that it isn’t as fun as she thought it would be. Another piece of evidence for courage would be when Mr. Van Daan sneaks in the middle of the night and eats the extra food that they need to store, and Mrs. Frank, when she sees what he has done, everyone freaks out. But Mr. Frank said, “For two long years we have lived here, side by side. We have respected each other’s rights… are we now going to throw it all away?” (425, 426). Mr. Frank was a very brave man, and because he neutralized this situation as fast as he did, the Van Daans were not kicked out of the annex. The last example of courage would be when it’s just an ordinary evening when everybody living in the annex hears the sounds of sirens and the Nazis come, and bust down the door to the secret room but Anne wrote in her diary, “And so it seems our stay here is over. They are waiting for us now. They’ve allowed us five minutes to get our things…. Diary, that means I must leave you behind. Goodbye for a while.” (433). Anne was very courageous and strong when the Nazis came for them, and she didn’t seem to give up hope. Just like she was coming back soon

Friendship and family always come first.

The theme, friendship and family always come first are found several times throughout The Diary of Anne Frank. At the start of living with each other it was hard to get along but after a while Anne started to make friendships especially during Hanukkah, “Presents! Mrs. Van Daan, it’s shampoo, I made it just for you.” (402-407). Anne is very kind and gives out presents to everyone, and that’s just the start to terrific friendships that she will have with people, even though they may go up and down. Another example for friendship would be when the Franks and the Van Daans hear the news that they will have another person staying with them. Although everyone complains and says we shouldn’t bring him in Mr. Frank says, “We will gladly take you in Mr. Dussel….. If we can feed seven we can feed eight.” (392). Once again this shows that Mr. Frank is a very loving and caring man, if they didn’t bring Mr. Dussel in with them he could have been taken away and killed by the Nazis. The last example of friendship and family is when the Nazis find their hiding place and it seems to be the end, Mr. Frank says, “For two years we have lived in fear, now we can live in hope.” (433). Mr. Frank said that to comfort Anne and the others so they can still have hope that they won’t be separated from their family.

Biography of Peter Van Daan

Peter Van Daan was a German Jewish teenager from Osnabruck, Germany. In June 1937 he and his family moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands to escape the Nazis, and their new laws about the Jews. They bought an apartment at 34 Zuider Amstellan, where they were back to back neighbors with the Franks. After a few months the family got to know each other. Soon Peter started to attend the school Jewish Lyceum, the same year as Margot Frank, Anne Frank’s sister, attended. Sources say Peter was remembered as academically gifted and a master at joinery and carpentry. Not long the Franks and the Van Daans had to hide together in the secret annex, where Anne and Peter started to get into a deeper relationship. After two years later the Nazis found them and imprisoned them in Amsterdam, then on August 8, 1944 they were moved to Westerbork Transit Camp and imprisoned in the Punishment Barracks, which was reserved for the Jews that had hid from the Nazis. Finally they were moved to Auschwitz where most of them were worked or gassed to death, his exact date of death is unknown but it was most likely on May 5, 1945.
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Symbol of Peter Van Daan

In The Diary of Anne Frank, a cat represents Peter because he had a cat named Mouschi and he always loved and cared for it and if Mouschi had to go so did he like when he said, “No! No! If he goes I go.” (406). It shows that he won’t go anywhere without his cat. It also shows that he has a heart for things and won’t let them go which can be hard in times like that. But after a while his cat gets out of the house which helps him and Anne to have a better relationship, and if he hadn’t had lost Mouschi then he and Anne might not have been as good friends.


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