The Dreadful Holocaust | Anne Frank

Anne Frank was a young Jewish diarist who lived during World War II.  Before the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands, Anne Frank and her family had a perfect life. When the Nazi’s took over, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in an attic called, The Secret Annex. She wrote in a diary everyday while she was in hiding. When she was caught, there was aftermath in a concentration camp. Anne Frank impacted the world because she was a young diarist and many people saw what happened when she was hiding through her diary.

 

Before the invasion of the Nazi’s, most Jewish people in Europe were forced into special villages called shtetls. Even though they weren’t miserable, they were small, crowded towns. Jewish people didn’t have the same rights as other people who weren’t Jewish. Before concentration camps Nazi’s discriminated Jewish people. The British Library writes, “The Nazis introduced anti-Jewish decrees, which gradually eliminated the rights of Jewish citizens.” Jews had very little rights and they couldn’t do many things like other people could do. Germans wanted all Jews gone and they were called  “anti-Jewish”. For example, before the concentration camps the Jews’ weren’t treated respectfully. No one stood up for Jews and say that it was wrong to be malicious and discourteous to Jews. The British Library  states, “Jews were regularly persecuted and humiliated.” Adolf Hitler limited the Jewish people rights and what they could do in their everyday life. Jewish didn’t have much freedom than German people. Since Adolf Hitler limited Jewish people rights many left. This explains that, even though Jews weren’t treated horribly, they had to go to special villages called shtetls. They had a separate life from Germans. The United State Holocaust Memorial Museum claims, “Many of the Jews of eastern Europe lived in predominantly Jewish towns or villages, called shtetls. Eastern European Jews lived a separate life as a minority within the culture of the majority.” Jewish people never got the same rights as other people in different towns.  To conclude, there were not same rights for Jewish people than for people who had a different religion. Many Jews were humiliated and couldn’t use things that were in the economy that German’s could use.

 

Before Anne Frank and her family went into hiding, Margot, Anne Frank’s sister got a call so this caused Anne Frank’s family to be prepared for hiding. They hid with an another Jewish family. They hid for about 2 years before they got caught by the Nazi. Anne Frank’s family went into hiding so that the Nazi’s wouldn’t come for them. The Van-Pels family also hid with them and, Fritz Pfeffer hid with them. Altogether 8 people went into hiding. History.com explains, “Anne Frank’s Family Goes into Hiding. In early July 1942, after Margot Frank received a letter ordering her to report to a work camp in Germany, Anne Frank’s family went into hiding in an attic apartment behind Otto Frank’s business, located at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam.” Since Margot got a call to come work at the concentration camp, the family got enough time to get into their hiding place. The Van- Pels came later and so did Fritz Pfeffer. When Anne Frank and her family went into  they went up in the attic where her father lived. History.com says, “The entrance to the secret annex was hidden by a hinged bookcase, and former employees of Otto and other Dutch friends delivered them food and supplies procured at high risk.” Since Anne frank or anyone in her family couldn’t leave the secret Annex someone who Otto, Anne Frank’s father, trusted had to bring food in for them. Since there were more people who were bringing food for Anne Frank and her family someone turned them into the Nazi’s and that was how they were caught. Annefrank.org asserts, “On 4 August 1944, everyone in the Secret Annex is arrested. Someone may have betrayed them. They are deported first to the Westerbork transit camp, and then on to Auschwitz.” Once Anne Frank and her family were caught they were taken to a concentration camp and from that point they were all separated. To conclude this paragraph shows a description of what happened when Anne Frank and her family went into hiding.

       

 

After two years of hiding in the Secret Annex, Anne Frank and her family were separated and taken to different concentration camps. The concentration camps brought many deaths to Jewish people, including Anne Frank, her mother and her sister. The Nazis tortured the Jewish people by starving and giving them no water. Many died because of horrible diseases.  To explain, once Anne Frank and her family got caught they got separated and got sent to different camps. There first concentration camp was Auschwitz but then they got moved to Bergen-Belsen the last concentration camp they stayed at. History.com states, “Anne and Margot Frank were spared immediate death in the Auschwitz gas chambers and instead were sent to Bergen-Belsen, a concentration camp in northern Germany. In March 1945, the Frank sisters died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen; their bodies were thrown into a mass grave.” This quote shows different types of concentration camps. This quote also shows the specific camp that Anne, Margot and her mother went too. Furthermore, there were many punishments in concentration camps that were horrible. Roll call was one of the punishments that was really bad. Sometimes when the guards were serving food they would drop the food on purpose and then the Jews wouldn’t  get anything to eat.  The United State Holocaust Memorial Museum affirm, “During the roll call, you must stand at attention, even if it is raining or snowing. It is forbidden to move or to talk during the roll call. Your poor striped uniform, made from an incredibly rough cloth, does not protect you against the cold weather” This shows that, concentration camps were not good. They did very harmful things to Jews because of their religion. They were never treated right and never had the same rights as other people in the town. Lastly, when Jewish people were sent to concentration camps, some got sent to Auschwitz. This concentration camp was one of the worst concentration camps Jewish people could go to.The United State Holocaust Memorial Museum  says, “The extermination camp was called Auschwitz II Birkenau, and between 1.1 and 1.2 Million people were killed in its gas chambers.” Auschwitz was certainly one of the worst concentration camps in Poland. The number of people killed there is equal to double the population of Denver. To summarize this paragraph, concentration camps were very hostile to Jewish people. Jews were tortured with hard work and were not given a lot of food and water. This paragraph also shows what happened to Anne Frank’s family.

 

   

 

Anne Frank impacted the world through her diary during the holocaust. When she wrote in her diary many people saw how Jews suffered and what happened to Jews. The diary showed insight of the world going on in Amsterdam.  Before concentration camps Jews didn’t have the same rights as German people did, even though they weren’t tortured they still didn’t have good rights. When Anne Frank’s family gone in hiding Anne Frank expressed her feeling and what was happening during the war, after Anne Frank and her family was caught they had to go to a concentration camp. Anne Frank writes, “I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.”

 

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One thought on “The Dreadful Holocaust | Anne Frank

  1. Wow that was so good!!! I loved how you showed the hidden attic chamber picture!!! That was very educational , and know I understand more on how Anne Frank changed history.

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