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In Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, what are the rules of the secret annex as drafted by the Franks and Van Daans?

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Rules played a critical part in the life of the Frank and van Daan families. If anybody were to discover them, they knew that it would mean being sent to a concentration camp and likely to their deaths. Since their annex was above a business that continues to operate during the day, the most important rule was not to make a sound. That meant walking carefully, not talking above a whisper, and not flushing the toilet during the day.

The families were totally reliant on outsiders to bring them food and supplies, and so another strict rule of the annex was never to be wasteful.

Other rules of the annex included not looking out of the window in case one were to be seen and not speaking German, which the residents deemed an uncivilized language.

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A set of rules was decided on in order to keep the families in the annex safe and to make their life in hiding sustainable.  The individuals hiding in the secret annex had to be quiet during the day.  This was because the building that the annex was in housed a warehouse and offices.  During the day, employees worked inside the building.  The annex was in the upstairs part of the Amsterdam building.  Some of the rules were that during the office hours in the building, those in the annex had to stay very quiet and avoid walking around.  No one could go downstairs.  They were not allowed to flush the toilets or look out the window during the office hours.  Food was rationed and sometimes scarce in Holland during World War II.  There was a rule about not wasting food because of this.  There was also a rule about not speaking German in the annex.

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