As Anne Frank hides along with her family and others in the secret annex during the Holocaust, she shows great courage. From the summer of 1942 until the end of the diary in August of 1944, she must stay inside the attic. She knows that leaving the attic will likely result in her death, as would her discovery by people other than the sympathetic people hiding the Jewish families in the attic. There are several burglaries in which the people in the attic fear discovery, and there are also air raids. During an air raid in July of 1943, Anne feels so frightened that she clutches an escape bag as her house shakes, but she knows she can't leave. She writes in her diary, "I know we can't leave here, but if we had to, being seen on the streets would be just as dangerous as getting caught in an air raid." She is trapped and scared, yet she is courageous enough to go on. These are all situations in which she shows courage.
While she endures these types of situations, her hope for the future never fades, and her enduring spirit is the quintessence of courage. She never allows the dismal situation around her to quench her love of life. She writes in 1944, when she is consumed with terror over being discovered and has already spent almost two years in hiding:
"I've asked myself again and again whether it wouldn't have been better if we hadn't gone into hiding, if we were dead now and didn't have to go through this misery, especially so that the others could be spared the burden. But we all shrink from this thought. We still love life, we haven't yet forgotten the voice of nature, and we keep hoping, hoping for. . . everything."
She still finds delight in life, in nature, and in her budding friendship with Peter, who is also hiding in the attic, to want to continue to live. Her continued hopes for the future and her continued belief in the possibilities of life show that she is truly courageous.