By 1940, they were trapped in Amsterdam by the German occupation of the Netherlands. As persecutions of the Jewish population increased in July 1942, the family went into hiding in the hidden rooms of Anne’s father’s office building. Two years later, the group was betrayed and transported to concentration camps. Anne and her sister, Margot, were eventually transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they both died of typhus in March 1945. On her thirteenth birthday, Anne Frank received a diary and began documenting from that moment on.
(Brown 2) Anne decorated her narrow room in the “Secret Annex” with pictures of movie stars. (Gale 4) At first Anne thought of hiding as an adventure, but soon later she found that among her family and friends they were always arguing. There was also a common fear among them, getting discovered. They went undetected for twenty-five months. (Brown 2) Then August 4, 1944 someone tipped off the police and the Frank’s, Van Daan’s, and Mr. Dussel were all sentenced to attend the Bergen-Belson concentration camp in Germany.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Book Thief is a story narrated by Death and is about a young girl by the name of Liesel Meminger in Nazi Germany whose mother planned to drop her and her brother off with foster parents in the fictional town of Molching, Germany. She could no longer take care of them, and on the train ride there, her brother died. That’s when Liesel stole her first book, The Grave Digger’s Handbook. She went on to meet her foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann and Rudy Steiner, her best friend. Hans and Rosa began to hide a Jewish man, Max Vandenburg, in their basement until Hans made a mistake that forced Max to leave before the authorities came and found him.
My Grandmothers father was a tailor and owned two businesses in the town, one of which had an apartment above it, and that is where my Grandmother lived up to the start of the war. Being that my Great-grandfather was in the British Army in a Calvary unit in WWI when the war broke out he understood the Germans. Because he was nervous for the safety of his family he purchased a house outside of town. This was an excellent move because in one nights bombing he lost both businesses. Each night around six o’clock the air raid siren would go off and they would have to go out to a dug out shelter at the end of the garden that her father had built.
The difference in education and in the writer’s background history comes into play with the writings of Crevecoeur and Schlesinger. Crevecoeur was born in Normandy in 1731. He was educated in England and immigrated to America in 1754, at the age of 23. Settling in New York Crevecoeur married an American merchant’s daughter. In few years later he had to make an emergency trip back over seas and was arrested under false pretence of being a spy and stayed in prison for 3 months.
Laming Report (2003) Victoria Climbie Details: In 2000 in London, an eight-year-old girl Victoria Adjo Climbié was tortured and murdered by her guardians. Her death led to a public inquiry and produced major changes in child protection policies in the United Kingdom. Victoria Climbie was born in November 1991 in the Ivory Coast. She died in February 2000 in London aged eight. To escape the poverty of Africa, her parents entrusted her to her great aunt who brought her to Europe.
The reading “Then Came the War” by Yuri Kochiyama written in 1991 is about the conditions in the detention camps. Kochiyama begins her story by explaining that in 1941, she was just like any other normal nineteen year old. She had just completed her junior year in college and was looking for a job. Suddenly Pearl Harbor was bombed and her life was flipped upside down. First, her father was taken to prison.
Elie and his family were transported to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland during World War II. He had a younger sister and two older sisters. When they got to the camps his mother and youngest sister got sent to the gas chambers. Him and his father were transferred to Buchenwald, and his dad died from starvation and he started to go crazy. Elie did not learn that his two older sisters were alive until after the war.
A major portion of her life was spent in the belief that her family fled for political reasons, but it was only until 1997 that she came to know the truth that her family was Jewish and that three of her grandparents were victims of the holocaust. In 1948, her family moved to United States when she was only eleven. (Nolan, 2) America proved to be fortunate for the moving family as immediately after their settlement, School of International Studies at the University of Denver selected her father as Dean. Mainly, her schooling was done at Kent Denver School in Denver. In 1959, she graduated from Wesley College with a B.A.
The classic book Diary Of a Young Girl is the haunting diary of Jewish teen Anne Frank, who hid from the Nazis for two years and whose promising talent was cut short by her death after she was captured by the Nazis in 1945 at the age of only fifteen. During her two years in the secret annex in which she hid with her family and another Jewish family, Anne changed and matured physically, psychologically, and emotionally from a friendly, but somewhat shallow child into a philosophical, mature young woman. Her changing thoughts and inner feelings reflect this change, propelling her into adulthood. Her diary is a window into her soul. Over the course of her two years in hiding, the “outer” and “inner” Anne, which were once one and the same, intertwine and differentiate until she forms a stoic outer shell to keep her increasingly dark, conflicted and self-aware thoughts secret.