Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany on June 12, 1929. In 1942 her family went into hiding in a secret annex in Amsterdam, above the factory store where her father had worked. At that time, Hitler had oppressed the Jews and had forced many of them into concentration camps. To avoid being separated and imprisoned, Anne’s family chose to go into hiding for almost twenty-five months. Anne was only thirteen when they moved into the annex, and began their terrifying stay. Because of her ability to write, and her dedication to her diary, we have learned a great deal about Anne and her life. Anne was a teenage girl. She had dark brown hair, and large brown eyes. Her sister, Margot, described Anne’s eyes as “being full of animation”. Because of the lack of food, Anne was very thin. She was pale, as she and her family were not allowed to be in the sunshine throughout their period of hiding. In photographs, Anne looked drawn, tired, worn out, and scared. Anne’s role as a young teenage girl in the play encompassed many things. She did school work each day, as well as completing daily chores. She became the family “historian” by recording the daily events and details of their experiences. She was a good writer who wrote about the things that happened to her family with very unique and detailed wording. As a result, her diary has become the best source for the subject of the Holocaust in history. Her diary gives a terrifying description of what it was like to be Jewish, and to be in hiding during a time when Nazis sought to kill all Jews in Europe. She had the goal early in life of becoming a good writer, and wanted her writing to live on even after her death. One of Anne’s most important roles was being an “encourager” to her family and friends. In spite of their horrifying living conditions, Anne was able to keep up the spirits and hopes of everyone in her family. She never let anyone’s cruelty and power bring...
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