The Diary of Anne Frank

By: Julia Weikart

Bio of Anne Frank.

Anne Frank was born on June 12th, 1929, in Frankfurt, Germany. She lived in Amsterdam with her father, Otto Frank, her mother, Edith Frank, and her sister, Margot Frank, during World War II. She received a diary on her 13th birthday. In her diary she wrote her first entry, and would address it to an imaginary friend named Kitty. On July 5th, 1942, Margot received an official summons to report to a Nazi work camp in Germany. After that day, Anne and her family into hiding in an empty space at the back of Anne’s father’s company building, this was referred as the secret annex. Jan and Miep provided food and information about the outside world. Others also hid with the Frank’s too. The families hid in the annex for 2 years. On August 4th, 1944, a German secret police officer accompanied by four Dutch Nazis stormed into the secret annex, they were all shipped off to a concentration camp in the northeastern Netherlands, and arrived by passenger train on August 8th, 1944, and was transferred to Auschwitz death camp in Poland on September 3, 1944. Because of the separation between boys and girls, this was the last time Mr. Frank saw his wife and daughters. Mr. Frank was the only member who survived, when he returned to Amsterdam, he found Anne’s diary that was saved by Miep, he gathered the strength to read it and was awestruck by what he discovered. Mr. Frank then sought to have selections from Anne’s diary and have it published as a book on January 25th, 1947. The book was published as “The Diary of a Young Girl.”
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Theme 1

The theme, we must have courage no matter what the obstacle is shown throughout The Diary of Anne Frank. An example of the Franks having courage would be “The Franks going in hiding” (381). While Anne started to write in her diary she wrote “I only know it’s funny never to be able to be able to go outdoors … never to breathe fresh air… never to breathe fresh air… never to run and shout and jump.”(381) she also wrote “Every time I hear a creak in the house or a step on the street outside, I’m sure they’re coming for us. The days aren’t so bad. At least we know that Miep and Kraler are down below us in the office.”(381) She wrote that in a way that even though she hears things, she knows Miep and Kraler are down there .

Theme 2

Another theme, we must have faith is shown throughout The Diary of Anne Frank. The Franks had faith through the good and bad times. Especially during the Hanukkah celebration when the thief broke into the factory below. While everyone was upset, Mr. Frank had said, “Have we lost all faith? All courage? A moment ago we thought that they’d come for us. We were sure it was the end. But it wasn’t the end.”(408). While most of the people in the annex were feeling scared and very worried, Mr. Frank encouraged everyone to have faith. Another example of faith is when everyone in the annex was making sure they were safe and Mr. Frank made it clear said, “The danger has passed. Don’t be so terrified, Anne. Were safe.” (408) And also said, “Were alive, safe.” (408).
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Symbol

In The Diary of Anne Frank, a pencil represents Anne because she writes in her diary a lot and the diary is why we know all about what happened while she was hiding. She also mentions many times that she wants to be a writer when she gets older. One example is, “A diary! I’ve never had a diary. And I’ve always longed for one. Pencil, pencil, pencil, pencil.” (379) The example shows how excited she was to have a diary to start her writing courier.