Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is a poignant account of Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis during World War II. The diary is written by the teenaged Anne, and she records both small daily events and major happenings in the life of the Annex dwellers. Let's...
Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is a poignant account of Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis during World War II. The diary is written by the teenaged Anne, and she records both small daily events and major happenings in the life of the Annex dwellers. Let's look at some important scenes between March 1943 and January 1944.
On March 19, 1943, Anne notes that Mr. Dussel has been putting the whole Annex at risk by corresponding with people outside. A few days later, on March 25, burglars enter the warehouse downstairs, and the Annex inhabitants are afraid that the burglars have heard their footsteps. On April 2, the conflict between Anne and her mother comes to a head when Anne refuses to pray with her mother and also refuses to apologize. On May 18, a bombing occurs near the Annex, making everybody even more aware of their danger. On July 16, the warehouse is burglarized again. On July 26, Amsterdam receives a bad bombing, and Anne is terrified, but they also receive the news that Mussolini has resigned, and this gives them some hope. On August 10, Miep smuggles an anti-Mussolini book to Mr. Dussel and is almost caught by the SS.
December 6 is St. Nicholas Day, and Anne and her father decide to celebrate the best they can to keep up their spirits. Anne writes poems for everyone and tucks the poems in their shoes as presents. On December 29, Anne has visions of her grandmother and her best friend, and she is terrified.
As 1944 dawns, Anne has a realization. On January 2, she admits that part of the conflict with her mother is her own fault, and she realizes that she must stop judging her mother and try to better understand her. On January 24, Anne and Peter have an open conversation about sexuality, which surprises Anne but also makes her feel glad that she can talk to someone about such matters.