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What is the climax of the play The Diary of Anne Frank?

The climax of the play The Diary of Anne Frank occurs when the Gestapo arrives at the annex to arrest the hiding Jews.

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The climax of the play The Diary of Anne Frank is at the very end when Anne and everyone else hiding in the annex are discovered and arrested. Immediately before this, Anne and Peter are having a philosophical conversation about their self-identities. Anne tells Peter,

"I’d never turn away from who I am. I couldn’t."

Anne and Peter are on one side of the stage, while on the other side are armed Nazis climbing up the stairs to round up the people hiding in the annex. The stage direction says that a dark figure appears at the foot of the staircase. It is a Nazi officer. He is followed by three other men. The first group they encounter are in the main room playing cards. The Nazis with their Dutch collaborators have their guns extended. Mr. Dussel is the first to see the men come in. He stands up from the card table, raises his hand in a gesture of surrender and drops the cards that he was holding.

The Nazis then hear Anne, Peter, and Margot, who are upstairs in the attic. The audience sees...

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