Essay about The Story of Anne Frank

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The Story of Anne Frank Learning about the Holocaust can be extremely difficult due to the massive amount of information it entails. In addition, the Holocaust was a tragic event on so massive a scale it is hard to emotionally comprehend. Comparison is a common way of better understanding and exploring unknown topics. One further step is to bring the topic to a personal level, so one can actually relate known concepts and individual ideas to any new aspects. In other words, an individual in today’s society will receive a deeper and more thorough understanding of the Holocaust if able to compare with an individual living during the Holocaust. One individual who has made it possible to learn more about the Holocaust on a personal level …show more content…
In one incident Jews had been made to clean out public toilets and to scrub the streets in an orgy of Nazi depravity. 3

On June 12, 1942, Anne’s thirteenth birthday, her parents gave her a small red-and-white plaid diary. Anne recorded her innermost feelings in her diary, which she named "Kitty." Less than a month after receiving her diary, on July 6, 1942, Anne and her family were forced to go into hiding. 4 Impossible for Anne to have any concept of what lie ahead, a very naive, immature child entered the "Secret Annexe" that sixth of July in 1942. The "Secret Annexe" is an English simplification of the Jewish word Het Achterhuis. "Achter means "behind" or "in back of" and huis is Dutch for "house." 5 This is the place that served as shelter for Anne, her sister, Margot, her mother and father, and another family of three for two years.

Anne asked no questions, and obeyed her parents diligently when told she must go into hiding. Parents of this day and age do not receive that kind of unquestioning obedience. As a teenager in America today, one would have to go to great lengths to imagine exactly how it was for Anne, a teenager, to live during the time of the Holocaust. The inherent freedoms Americans enjoy from birth almost preclude total comprehension of the fate that awaited Anne during her long years in the Annexe.

The "Secret Annexe" was located in a warehouse where Anne’s father worked before being forced into hiding. It consisted

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