The Diary of Anne Frank Summary

Anne Frank thought of herself as a normal teenage girl, but the legacy she left through her diary was special and powerful.

AuthorFrank - Anne Frank
LanguageEnglish Language
LiteratureBritish Literature
ThemesFamily
Identity
Isolation
Love
Mortality
Religion
War and Warfare
Youth

Transcript

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Anne wrote letters to me and named me Kitty, and treated me like an actual person, which

00:31

was kind of cool. Except for the pigtails. Anne was a real smart cookie, even if she

00:37

was a bit of a chatterbox. All the middle school guys wanted to be Anne's man, but it

00:42

was dashing Harry Goldberg who finally swept her off her feet. He was an older man, too...16!

00:48

Dating was tricky, as it always is when you belong to a persecuted ethnic group that isn't

00:55

allowed to use public transportation and must be indoors by 8pm.

00:59

Holland in 1942 wasn't the greatest place to be Jewish, but not everyone was jumping

01:05

on the Hitler bandwagon.

01:07

When the Germans summoned Anne's sister, Margot, her fatherÕs coworkers helped the family

01:11

escape to a hiding place: the Secret Annex.

01:15

The Annex was made up of a few rooms hidden inside Mr. FrankÕs old workplace. There was

01:20

a slick moving bookcase and everything!

01:22

The Franks and their girls gained some roommates when the Van Daans <Van Dons> showed up with

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their son, Peter. Ê

01:28

Each family had a few rooms and access to bathrooms and a sink, but none of them could

01:32

leave the building or raise their voices, for fear of discovery.

01:36

Of course, with 7 people living in a cramped space, there were more than a few fights.

01:42

Next to the angelic Margot and the quiet Peter, lively, sassy Anne seemed like a real problem

01:48

child. So, my unlucky owner became everybodyÕs punching bag, which was totally unfair. É

01:55

Homegirl had an attitude, to be sure, but she was hardly a juvenile delinquent. ItÕs

02:00

hard to be good all the time when your daily activities consist of doing homework, listening

02:04

to the radio, and peeling potatoes. Oh, and personal space? Forget about it.

02:10

When a dentist named Albert Dussel <DOO-sull> joined them in the Annex, the family put him

02:14

in AnneÕs room, giving Anne her own personal live-in critic.

02:19

Yep, it was lonely being Anne, until she started seeing Peter Van Daan. Well, okay, she saw

02:27

him every day, but all of a sudden, he seemed different. É

02:31

They became fast friends, and then something more, and then went back to friends again.

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Which was probably a good thing, because a messy breakup would have gotten them captured

02:40

for sure.

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The Annex crew was completely dependent on their helpers, Mr. Koophuis <COPE-house>,

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Mr. Kraler <Crawler>, and Elli <Ellie>, who risked their lives to keep the families safe

02:50

and secretly bring them food.

02:52

Burglars broke into the building again and again, and it was hard to get a decent nightÕs

02:56

sleep with all the planes shooting at each other and dropping bombs.

03:00

There was a bright side, thoughÉThe radio brought news that the tide might be turning

03:05

against the Germans, and Anne dared to dream that she might be sitting in a regular classroom

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sometime soon!

03:11

Anne didn't write anything in me after Tuesday, August 1, 1944. The Franks and Van Daans were

03:19

sent to concentration camps, and my best friend died in Belsen, Germany.

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I still keep her secrets, and now I share them with the world.