In Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne says, "Our freedom was strictly limited." Why?

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In Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank says, "Our freedom was strictly limited" in the first entry (there are two) dated Saturday, 20 June, 1942. She says this after itemizing all of the things that Jewish people were not allowed to do. For example, Anne says that one of the first decrees made when the Nazis took over Holland was to force all Jews to wear yellow stars on their clothes at all times. Then, transportation was limited because Jews had to hand in their bicycles, were not allowed to drive, and could not take public transportation. They had to walk everywhere they needed to go. Next, shopping could only be done by Jews in the late afternoon and only at designated Jewish shops. Curfews were put in place, and Jews could not attend theaters, swimming pools, or sports grounds anymore. The Jewish children also had to attend their own schools. Anne's friend Jopie would say, "You're scared to do anything, because it may be forbidden" (4). It is at this point in her diary that Anne says their freedom "was strictly limited," and she couldn't be more right. After such a list of restrictions, it would feel as though they were imprisoned in their own communities. 

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