A diary

 

          Eponine 

                                          Dairy 

These restrictions placed upon me because of my religion would be very hard for me to handle. Taking away people's rights and not allowing them things that they work for or own just because they are different. They took away my father's business just because we practice Judaism. I'm an no longer allowed to ride my bike; they took it from me. Going to my old Dutch school is no longer part of my weekly routine and i'm not allowed to go to the movies based on my religion. I would not be able to handle all of this hitting me at once because it would be like being stuck between a rock and a hard place that keeps caving in on you till you give up. I would of course try to handle the new situation by talking to other people of my religion to ask how they are coping through with it and i would also write out my feelings to try to get the emotions out.

 

Ava Norton 

If I was in a situation where i would have to be a protector i would go till the end. I would suffer just as much as the jewish people i was protecting because they don't deserve this kind of punishment or abuse just based on religion. Of course it would be hard for me to hide them and it would be extremely hard to give up offers of things that i need like if my family member was sick and they offered me medicine it would be very tempting to take it but I would have to say no because I know that the family or people I was protecting where trusting me with their lives so that they would be safe. If i make a promise I never break that promise and if i let them get captured i would feel that i failed. So in conclusion i would be a protector knowing i would suffer the same fate as the Jewish people.

 

Ava Norton

If I was in a situation where i would have to be a protector i would go till the end. I would suffer just as much as the jewish people i was protecting because they don't deserve this kind of punishment or abuse just based on religion. Of course it would be hard for me to hide them and it would be extremely hard to give up offers of things that i need like if my family member was sick and they offered me medicine it would be very tempting to take it but I would have to say no because I know that the family or people I was protecting where trusting me with their lives so that they would be safe. If i make a promise I never break that promise and if i let them get captured i would feel that i failed. So in conclusion i would be a protector knowing i would suffer the same fate as the Jewish people.

 

If I was in a situation where i would have to be a protector i would go till the end. I would suffer just as much as the jewish people i was protecting because they don't deserve this kind of punishment or abuse just based on religion. Of course it would be hard for me to hide them and it would be extremely hard to give up offers of things that i need like if my family member was sick and they offered me medicine it would be very tempting to take it but I would have to say no because I know that the family or people I was protecting where trusting me with their lives so that they would be safe. If i make a promise I never break that promise and if i let them get captured i would feel that i failed. So in conclusion i would be a protector knowing i would suffer the same fate as the Jewish people.

 

The easiest person for me to get along with would without a doubt be Anne Frank. This is because she is around the same age as me and we are both very loud, lively, sassy and charismatic. I know Anne is sassy because on page 801 line 13 Anne says [Mimicking MRS. VAN DAAN] “ Remember, Mr. So-and-So remember I’m a lady.”[she thrusts the pipe into his mouth, then picks up her glass of milk]. To me this shows how she is very self driven and sassy and not afraid to speak her mind. This also shows me she doesn't really think before she acts, just like i do. That is why Anne Frank and i would get along if we were in hiding. 

 

Ava Norton

Girls in German School 

Cloth star of David pin was riquared to be worn by all people that practice Judaism

Nazi Symbol

If I were Mr. Frank, I would have done the same thing he did by returning to the hiding place where his family remained hidden for 25 months. This is because, even though there is a slim chance that my family members survived and the place may be full of painful memories, there is still that small chance that my loved ones might be alive and waiting for me. In my eyes, that small chance and possibility is worth a world of pain. Although i would have done the same thing he did during his travels- ask around about his family and whether they are known to be dead or alive- I still would have returned, because even though that chance shrinks and becomes nearer to an impossibility, it is still a chance. It is still worth trying, no matter the circumstance.

 

Nicolette Beltrante

If I were in hiding for the length of time the refugees were, the thing I would miss most is not a material item, as most would expect it to be, but I would greatly miss my sense of self and freedom. I would miss this most because this sense allows me to enjoy and see the good in life. If I were to be locked up and quieted down, I would feel more like a caged animal than myself, and the world would seem dark and terrifying and, in a way, broken. My sense of self leads to a sense of happiness, joy, and I would have to be insane not to miss that.

 

Nicoletta Beltrante

 

Anne’s whole attitude has changed since the beginning of the play; she has gone from speaking out insensitively and letting things leave her mouth unfiltered, usually arguing about trivial things, to speaking out when she sees a problem with the conversation at hand, the actions taking place, or when she feels a need to protect her views on things and her feelings about the situation she is in. This is shown when, in an argument with Mrs. Frank, she defended her and her peers by saying this, “We’re trying to hold onto some kind of ideals… when everything… ideals, hopes… everything are being destroyed! It isn’t our fault that the world is in such a mess!”  This shows that Anne has matured and moved on from her previous thoughts that revolved around her own selfishness and immaturity. It is shown in the quote above that she has experienced the world and is trying to get her beliefs and thoughts on their situation heard, and it is also shown that she feels a sense of protectiveness over the two other residents her age, Peter and Margot, as she includes them in the speech and tries to keep focus more away from her and focused more in depth on the feelings of the entirety of the people that are together in hiding. Anne has gone from selfish and rude to caring and concerned.

 

Nicoletta Beltrante

 

 

When Mr. Frank says that “We don’t need the Nazis to destroy us. We’re destroying ourselves.” he means that they have reached the point where they have had it. He is saying that they are arguing over the littlest things and that is tearing them apart. They are beginning to go crazy from being together for so long and it is destroying them. The Franks, Van Daans, and Dussel are destroying themselves because they are arguing over food. When Mrs. Frank catches Mr. Van Daan stealing the food she freaks out and says she is going to kick him out. This shows Mrs. Frank has reached her breaking point and it is affecting how she acts.

 

Brianna Corsello

Mr. Frank made the right decision when he didn’t answer the phone because it could have been the Gestapo trying to see if any was in hiding there. Mr. Frank would have been taking to much of a risk by answering the phone.  If I was in hiding and the phone rang I would not answer it because then someone would know I was there. It would be like a test you either pass or fail and if you answered the phone you failed because someone could find you. While it could be someone I know there would also be the chance of it being someone I don't. It would have been to much of a risk to answer the phone and not one I would be willing to take. 

 

Brianna Corsello

After reading this play students should continue to read about Anne Frank to completely understand everything this that went on in this time period. This play only scratches the surface of what happened to the Franks during World War 2. If students do more research on Anne Frank they can get more of an understanding of what happened to her while in hiding. They can also get more of a sense of what she felt instead of just what happened while in hiding by reading her book and get more of a sense of how she changed over time. Students can also find out more of what happened to her when she went to the concentration camp and what happened to the rest of her family and the Van Daans. Finally, knowing her whole story will give students more of an understanding for what happened to  the Jews and the things that they went through. 

 

Brianna Corsello

The last line Mr. Frank reads of Anne’s diary she is, “In spite everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” This shows that Anne always tried to see the good in people. This quote is important to Anne’s character and memory because it has helped her stand out from other journals and diaries for World War 2. While others wrote about how terrible the war was and how miserable they were Anne wrote about the good things that went on at the time like Miep and Mr. Kraler helping them. Because of this Anne’s story is standing the test of time and has helped contribute to the memory of her. 

 

Brianna Corsello

 

Anne

Frank

House

Anne Frank

1940's Telephone

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