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Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank

The Franks were your general German family and Anne was your general German girl. This family of four lived in Germany, Mr. Frank was an average business man, Mrs. Frank was an average mother and Margot and Anne were average students. The one thing that made them different in the eyes of Hitler, was the fact that they were Jewish. Once Hitler rose to power, the Franks fled to Holland, where the hoped to be safe from the Jewish-blood thirsty Nazis, they went on with their normal lives, until once again Hitler took over. This caused the Franks to flee again, only this time they would be in hiding.

A plan was devised; the Franks would stay in an abandoned section of the Kraler office building, along with another family of three: the Van Daans. The Franks set off for their new “home” before the Van Daans. They had to carry with them things that would last for as far as they knew, years. Anne took with her two vests, three pairs of pants, a dress and skirt, jacket, summer coat, shoes, two pairs of stockings, a cap and a scarf. During the journey through the streets, non-jews looked at them with pity and sorrow, they knew that there was nothing they could do to help them, no rides, no food, no help period.

Once they arrived to what they called, the “Secret Annexe” they set their things in their rooms. Anne decorated her wall with all of her favorite actors and actresses. About a week later the Van Daans joined them, Mrs. Van Daan brought with her, her “chamber” Mr. Van Daan brought a folding tea table and Peter brought his cat Mouschi. Each of them had their own individual personality, Mr. Van Daan, was pretty mellow with most of the Franks, especially Margot, but often had a word or two to say about Anne, he didn’t like her constant chattering.

Mrs. Van Daan was loud and flirtatious, constantly pestering people and never willing to do her part of the work around the Annexe. Then there’s Peter, the quiet, dull and boring one. At first Anne cannot stand Peter’s laziness, but she later grows quite fond of him. As time goes on, they each get to know each other a little better, Miep brings them news from the outside world as often as she can along with some small amounts of rations. The families decide to let one more person stay with the seven of them in the already crowded space they have.

Albert Dussel is a dentist who has come to stay with the Franks and Van Daans, since the outside world has become too dangerous for a Jew to stay in. Anne offers to share her room with Mr. Dussel and to her surprise he is a friendly guy. The eight of them now begin to realize just how crowded the Annexe is, each person is annoyed by something that one person or the other is doing or saying.

Not only does Anne have to put up with her mother, who she feels treats her like a baby and her sister who she is stuck in the shadow of, but now she has Mrs. Van Daan complaining, Mr. Van Daan who is always in an uproar over something Anne does, Mr. Dussel constantly shhing her, and now her father telling her she needs to show more compassion for her mother! She begins to feel like no one ever listens, she can never seem to please anyone. All she wants to do is be back home with her friends, talking when she wants to talk, going to the bathroom when she needs to, taking a bath when and where she feels like it and going where she wants to. Anne then finds someone to lean on, she begins to confide in Peter.

They start to tell each other what they are feeling, what it is that bothers them so much, they tell each other of all their wishes and dreams. And eventually they both come to realize that they each share a secret crush on one another All of the tension and bickering finally took its toll. The Franks and the Van Daans had a huge argument. The Franks asked the Van Daans to leave, which only made things worse. They reconciled and just in time. Tuesday August 1, 1944, was the last day Anne wrote in her Diary. She did not get the chance to describe all that went on with being caught and taken away, but her father did.

On August 4, a Gestapo caught the Franks, Van Daans and Albert Dussel and sent them all to Westerbork. They were then taken to the death camp Auschwitz. Anne, Mrs. Van Daan and Margot were considered healthy and taken to the typhus infested camp Belsen, located in Germany. While at Belsen, Mrs. Van Daan died. Margot died towards the beginning of March 1945 from typhus. Anne, who did not know of her sisters death, had a strong feeling that something had happened, to the only person she knew for sure was still alive, this strong sense, caused her to give up die.

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