The Holocaust: The Diary Of Anne Frank

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On June 20, 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank wrote the following passage in her diary: “Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me… because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old school girl” (12). Following the close of World War II, Frank’s diary was published for the world to read. The diary documented the atrocities of the Holocaust, serving as an example of Jewish oppression and mistreatment under Adolf Hitler. Anne Frank’s diary remains one of the most widely-known and read books to this day. Frank herself called the diary a “great source of comfort and support,” one which allowed her to process and understand the complexities of the…show more content…
Anne was one of two children, including older sister Margot. Prior to the war, the Franks were considered an average middle-class German-Jewish family. They enjoyed a quiet life near the outskirts of Frankfurt. Unfortunately, life changed rapidly for the Franks, as well other Jews residing in Germany. From the late 1920s to the early 1930s, the anti-Semitic Nazi Party began to gain power. By 1933, the Nazi Party’s leader, Adolf Hitler, was named chancellor of Germany. Following the death of President Paul von Hindenburg in 1934, Hitler named himself Germany’s supreme ruler. Adolf Hitler was consumed by the idea of the superiority and the “purification” of the German race. To Hitler, the “inferior” Jewish race posed a threat to Germany’s racial purity. In an attempt to “purify” Germany, Hitler began stripping Jews of their rights. These injustices caused hundreds of thousands of Jews to leave Germany between 1933 and 1939, including the Frank family. “Though this did hurt me deeply, I realized that Germany was not the world, and I left my country forever,” Otto Frank recalled. In the fall of 1933, the Franks moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands. For several years following the family’s move, Anne Frank enjoyed a normal childhood. She attended school and had many friends. Living in Amsterdam enabled the Franks to enjoy a fairly normal life, free from the anti-Semitism they endured in Germany. Unfortunately, this freedom was

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