When did Anne Frank show courage through  out her diary?    

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that Anne shows courage in her diary by simply writing in it.  Given the intensity of the historical moment in which she writes, Anne's ability to be honest and to display a sense of openness in her thoughts within her diary is an act of courage in a time period where there was so little of it.  Given the fact that she and her family had to hide, hold their breaths each time they saw the outside world, and were forced to live in fear every waking moment, I think that being able to write so openly and with such transparency in her thoughts to "Kitty" represented courage.  Honesty and being direct were not praised and immediately validated during the Holocaust.  Those who fought for survival did so at the cost of openness and emotional directness.  Anne bucked this trend with her writing in the diary.  It is an act of courage that in the midst of extreme repression and the silencing of voice, Anne did not acquiesce.  She understood the value of resistance in the form of her diary and while no one in their right mind could expect her diary to have political implications at the time, its lasting value is one synonymous with courage and resistance for Anne dared to write and speak in a time where so many were relegated to silence.


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