Introduction Of Anne Frank

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Born Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank on June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt Germany to Edith and Otto Frank. Anne a vibrant dark haired, brown eyed, Jewish girl whose life was shared with an older sister by the name of Margot. Her parents were liberal Jews. They lived in a community of Jewish and Non-Jewish citizens of various religions. Anne’s parents were educated people, her father was most interested in scholarly pursuits and had an extensive library. Both parents encouraged Anne and Margot to read at an early age to ensure for a better education.

In 1933 early in the regime of Adolf Hitler, Otto Frank was offered a position to start a company in Amsterdam. Otto prepared himself and moved to Amsterdam and a year later February 1934 Edith, Margot, and young Anne joined him. The Franks also felt that they would be safer in another country. They also felt that the Nazi government would respect the neutrality of Holland. In 1941, after German forces occupied the Netherlands Anne was compelled to transfer from public school to a Jewish school where she was forced to wear the symbolic Jewish Star on all her clothing and go to school with other Jewish children. When Anne’s older sister Margot was faced with deportation supposedly to a ( Forced Labour Camp) The Franks decided to go into hiding for fear of losing their daughter.

On July 6, 1942 the very next day the Franks went into hiding in a makeshift quarter in an empty space at the back of Otto Frank’s company building. They referred to it as the Secret Annex. They were accompanied in hiding by Otto’s business partner Hermann van Pels his wife Auguste and son Peter. They were helped by friends Kleiman, Kugler, Jan and Miep Gies and Bep Voskuijl. These friends provided food and information about the outside world.

At this time Anne was about 12 1/2 years old still full of life and happiness. Her expectancy was not to have been in the Secret Annex for the long years that hid before her. During the day everyone was to be very still and quiet because the Annex was over the offices and they could be heard roaming about by other visitors to the office and be exposed.As night crept in everyone became relaxed and laughed talked and tried to relax as much as normal,

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