By Oliver Masley, 13, Jill Dando News @ Worle
93 years ago this week (12 June), Jewish Anne Frank was born on the twelfth of June 1927, in Frankfurt, Germany, three years after her sister, Margot.
This was during the time when Hitler and the Nazi party were rising in power. Hitler hated members of the Jewish religion, blaming them for the issues in the country.
This hatred and the poor economic state of Germany, much like ours today, made them and their parents leave the country for the Netherlands, one of the top world’s happiest countries on the modern list.
In 1942, Anne Frank hid from the Nazis during the occupation of the Netherlands. Two years later, she was discovered, and in 1945, she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
When she was 13, just before they went into hiding, Anne was given a diary. Over the two years in hiding, Anne wrote about the events in the Secret Annex, and also how she felt. Writing helped her pass the time.
When the Minister of Education of the Dutch government in England made an appeal on the Radio Orange to keep war diaries and documents, Anne was inspired to rewrite her individual diaries into one running story, titled Het Achterhuis (The Secret Annex).
Before she was done, she and other people in hiding were stumbled upon and arrested by police officers on the 4th August 1944. The police also arrested two of the helpers. To this day, we do not know the reason for the raid. Despite it, part of Anne’s writing was preserved: two other helpers took the influential documents before the Secret Annex was emptied by the order of the Nazis.
Now, 93 years on, Anne Frank is referred to as a hero because of her courage in the face of Nazi persecution of Jews during the horrors of World War II. Anne’s family was Jewish, and decided to flee Germany during the 1930s to avoid both political and physical Nazi attacks against the religion.
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