Anne Frank Speech

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Topic: Anne Frank

General Purpose: To inform

Specific Purpose: To introduce Anne Frank and talk about her life.


Opening: How many of you heard or read about Anne Frank?

Thesis: Today I will discuss the young and short life of one of the most well known Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Anne Frank was acknowledged for her quality of writing. Her diary is one of the world’s most widely read books and there has been many plays and films written on the basis of her story.

Relevance to Audience: When thinking of this brave 13 year old girl, most think of the Jewish culture, Adolf Hitler, and the Nazi Soldiers of Germany. But of us really know the pain and suffering the Jewish victims had to go through just because of what religion they believed in.

Statement of Speakers Creditability: I wanted to speak about Anne Frank today because her life and life experiences interest me and I thought I would share it with all of you as well.

Transition: This is the life of Anne Frank.


I. Biographical

Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank was born June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. She was the second daughter of Otto and Edith Frank. She had a sister who was three years older than her, Margot Frank. Anne and her family were liberal jews, which means they did not practice all of the customs and traditions of Judaism. They lived in a community of Jewish and Non-Jewish citizens of different religions. In 1933, Mr. Frank opened a branch of his business in Amsterdam, Holland. Because of Adolf Hitler’s anti-Jewish decrees they had to relocate. Otto Frank believed that his family would finally be safe from the Nazi aggression, but who knew in a few years everything would change.

II. Before Going into Hiding

For Anne’s 13th birthday, she received a book she had shown her father in a shop a few days earlier. This book was an autograph book, bound with red and green plaid cloth and with a small...
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