The Diary of Anne Frank
Identity Quotes Page 3
How we cite our quotes:
We can never be just Dutch, or just English, or whatever, we will always be Jews as well. (4/11/1944.48)
This passage shows that Anne’s identity as a Jewish girl is now reduced to feelings of isolation and discrimination.
The war isn’t even over, and already there’s dissention and Jews are regarded as lesser beings. Oh, it’s sad, very sad that the old adage has been confirmed for the umpteenth time: "What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does reflects on all Jews." (5/22/1944.7)
This is isn’t the first time Anne talks about this, about how Jewish people were dehumanized not only by being identified as “lesser beings,” but also by being held to higher standards of conduct than other people. What for a non-Jewish person would be considered a mistake, for a Jewish person could be considered proof of a collective inferiority.