The Diary of Anne Frank
Identity Quotes Page 2
How we cite our quotes:
Rauter, some German bigwig, recently gave a speech. "All Jews must be out of the German-occupied territories before July 1. The province of Utrecht will be cleansed of Jew [as if they were cockroaches] between April 1 and May 1, and the provinces of North and South Holland between May 1 and June 1." These poor people are being shipped off to filthy slaughterhouses like a herd of sick and neglected cattle. (3/27/1943.3)
Anne understands that many Jewish people were being forced to experience the identity the Nazis so brutally carved out for them. The final sentence of the quote is interesting because it shows that Anne believes such treatment unjust for both people and animals.
I’m "on top of the world" when I think of how fortunate we are and compare myself to other Jewish children, and "in the depths of despair" when, for example, Mrs. Kleiman comes by an talks about Jopie’s hockey club, canoe trips, school plays and afternoon teas with friends. (12/24/1943.1)
Anne yearns for her old identity, the identity of a girl fully immersed in life. This passage shows that she feels guilt for her yearning, when others are suffering worse than she. She uses this guilt to try to blunt her longing.
I sometimes wonder if anyone will ever understand what I mean, if anyone will ever overlook by ingratitude and not worry about whether or not I’m Jewish and merely see me as a teenager badly in need of some good plain fun. (12/24/1943.4)
Longing for fresh air and freedom, Anne’s youth becomes, for a moment at least, a her most important identity marker.