Study Guide

The Diary of Anne Frank (play) Act 1, Scene 1

By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Act 1, Scene 1

  • We see the ending of the play before it even begins.
  • Otto Frank has survived the Holocaust and returns to the attic where he and his family spent two years in hiding.
  • Miep Gies meets him there and gives him the diary.
  • The stage directions give us the idea that things have been neglected and a large amount of time has passed.
  • Otto is old, weary, and heartbroken. We get the idea that something terrible has happened.
  • Miep hands him Anne's diary and Otto begins to read it aloud before Anne's voice takes over.

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