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It is the diary kept by a young Jewish girl for the two years she was forced to remain in hiding by the Nazi persecution of the Jews of Europe. Together with her parents and her sister, Margot, the Van Daan family consisting of a husband, a wife, and a son, Peter, two years older than Anne and, later on, an elderly dentist named Mr.
During the day, when people worked in the office and in the warehouse below, Anne and the others had to keep very quiet, but at night they could move around more freely, though of course they could not turn on any lights nor show in any way that the house was inhabited.
The Diary is many things at one and the same time. It is an amusing, enlightening, and often moving account of the process of adolescence, as Anne describes her thoughts and feelings about herself and the people around her, the world at large, and life in general.
It is an accurate record of the way a young girl grows up and matures, in the very special circumstances in which Anne found herself throughout the two years during which she was in hiding. And it is also a vividly terrifying description of what it was like to be a Jew — and in hiding — at a time when the Nazis sought to kill all the Jews of Europe.
Above all, Anne was an ordinary girl, growing up, and eventually dying, but she was an ordinary girl growing up in extraordinary times. She loved life and laughter, was interested in history and movie stars, Greek mythology, and cats, writing, and boys. In the few entries which she wrote before the family went into hiding, we discover something of the world of a child growing up in Holland in Anne went to school, had girl friends and boyfriends, went to parties and to ice-cream parlors, rode her bike, and chattered an understatement in class.
In fact, Anne chattered so much that, as a punishment for her talkativeness, she had to write several essays on the subject of "A Chatterbox. Anne Frank did not survive the concentration camps to which she was sent after her little group was discovered.
And so, although Anne died, as the Nazis had intended, her spirit lives on, through her Diary, stronger and clearer by far than any brute force or blind hatred. All are agreed, however, that had it not been for Hitler and his policies, the war would not have taken place. In addition to the various military engagements, however, the Nazis were engaged in a systematic attempt to kill off certain sections of the population — primarily Jews and Gypsies — both within Germany and in the countries which they occupied, claiming that they were "racially inferior.
In some cases, these people were made to work as slaves before they were killed so that the Germans could benefit as much as possible from their labor. To implement this scheme, the Germans established huge "concentration camps," or death camps, throughout Europe.
Jews and other people were sent there in cattle trains, and upon arrival, their heads were shaved and their arms were tattooed with numbers; in addition, they were stripped of their clothes and whatever possessions they still had. They were made to work and were subjected to the strictest discipline and the most inhumane conditions before they were gassed in special chambers and their bodies burned.
In those parts of Europe which were occupied by the Nazis, but where these methods of killing large numbers of people had not yet been established, the Nazis assembled large numbers of Jews and machine-gunned them all as they stood on the edge of huge pits which they had dug themselves, or beside natural, deep ravines, as was the case at Babi Yar, in Russia.
In other places, the Nazis herded all the local Jews into the synagogue and then set it on fire. How could it come about that one nation regarded itself as racially superior to another, to the extent that it felt that it was its right and its duty to kill all the members of that other nation?
How could huge "factories of death," manned by thousands of people, systematically kill off millions of people in the midst of inhabited areas without anyone protesting or even knowing what was happening?
In order to obtain answers to these questions, we have to go back to the nineteenth century. Germany was not always one united country.
During the Middle Ages, Germany consisted of a series of small kingdoms and principalities, often rivals, and often even at war with one another.
The language which they all shared was German, but the people differed on matters of religion, so much so that these differences occasionally erupted into wars between the Catholics and the Protestants.
In the mid-nineteenth century, Bismarck the Chancellor of Prussia, the largest German state made it his objective to unify the various German states. This he achieved by judicious policies, arranging marriages between various royal families and obtaining treaties which were mutually beneficial to the parties concerned.
By the end of the nineteenth century, Germany was united under one monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm I; it possessed colonies in Africa and was ruled by an Emperor the German term Kaiser is derived from the Latin word Caesar. World War I, in which Germany fought against France and England, from towas largely a result of the structural weakness of many European states and the growing military and economic strength of Germany.
After four years of bitter fighting, Germany was defeated, the Kaiser fled to Holland, and a peace treaty, the Treaty of Versailles, was drawn up.
This stripped Germany of its foreign colonies, imposed heavy economic penalties on the country in the form of fines and disarmament, and it changed many of the borders of the countries of Europe.
This policy gave rise to severe economic problems in Germany.
Hunger and poverty were wide-spread, and galloping inflation caused prices to rise at a dizzying rate. The middle class, which had been the chief support of the German Republic, which was established after World War I, became embittered, and many Germans longed for the old autocratic kind of government that had formerly dominated the country.
He gathered around him a group of people who supported his ideas and used the tactics of bullying and terrorism to obtain publicity and intimidate his opponents. Hitler used inflammatory rhetoric in his speeches, and he was able to arouse huge audiences to hysterical enthusiasm. The inhabitants of those countries, the Slays, were also "inferior," according to Hitler, fit only either to serve the Master Race as slaves — or to be killed.
In the German parliament, the Reichstag, the Nazis were represented alongside the various other political parties. Hitler continued to fulminate against the Jews, describing them as an alien, inferior race despite their distinguished contribution to German cultural and economic life throughout many centuries.
He regarded them as being responsible for all the movements which the Nazis opposed, communism, pacifism, internationalism, and Christianity, as well as being a threat to "German racial purity.
Many believed that the political hysteria would soon pass, that the common people would soon see Hitler for what he really was, or that, once in power, Hitler would modify his extreme views.myPerspectives English Language Arts Grade 8 © 2" DRAFT Table of Contents strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences Unit 2 Whole Class Performance Task from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Unit 4 Whole Class Performance Task.
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank. Home / Literature / The Diary of Anne Frank / Analysis ; The Diary of Anne Frank Analysis Literary Devices in The Diary of Anne Frank. Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory. For Anne, Peter Schiff serves as a symbol of desire and love.
She pins all her longings on memories of him. The Diary of a Young Girl written by Anne Frank is an inspirational coming of age diary written to teach the reader that difficult situations lead to maturity.
Anne’s diary shows the evolution and maturity of Anne’s character over a few years. The Anne Frank House uses so-called functionality cookies, which improve your experience of the Website as a visitor, and cookies that are used to collect statistics about visitor numbers, so that we can further improve the Website in the future.
Anne Frank's Diary is not a novel or a tale of the imagination. It is the diary kept by a young Jewish girl for the two years she was forced to remain in hiding by the Nazi persecution of the Jews of Europe.
Between June and August , from Anne's thirteenth birthday until shortly after her. voice and tone in the diary. Analysis Essay #2: Anne Frank's famous quote, "In spite of everything, I still Write a personal narrative describing a time you were a victim of this type of COMMON CORE GEORGIA PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.