Study Guide

The Diary of Anne Frank (play) Hanukah Celebration

By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Hanukah Celebration

The residents of the Annex are surprised when Anne creates little gifts for each of them for Hanukah. The simple ceremony and lighting of the menorah reminds each of them what they have to be grateful for, even if they aren't completely sure they should be grateful for anything: "We are all here, alive. That is present enough" (1.5). Hanukah is able to smooth over the tension the group is feeling, and represents to both the residents and the audience that they have to have faith to make it through their ordeal—faith in a higher power, but also faith in each other.

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