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Anne Frank's Journey Through the Heroic Cycle

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Savannah Lengnick

on 23 October 2013

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Anne Frank's Journey Through the Heroic Cycle
Anne Frank: A Modern Hero
Anne Frank was an everyday, ordinary girl before disaster struck and her world completely changed. Being a Jew during the Holocaust, Anne and her family had to go into hiding so the Nazis would not find them. They stayed in a secret annex for two years until they were betrayed, found, and taken to Wersterbork, a Dutch concentration camp. Anne passed away, but her diary was, and is still used as awareness of the trials caused by the Holocaust. This fourteen year-old girl is a hero because when all odds were stacked up against her, she still found a way to make a difference.. Although she didn't know it at the time, her diary has affected millions of people around the world. She has shown how difficult being a Jew during that time was, but reacted in bravery.
Anne and "The Ordinary World"
Anne was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on June, 12th, 1929. She had an older sister named Margot. Her relationship with her father, Otto Frank, was much closer and warmer than that of her mother's. The Franks moved to Amsterdam, Holland when Anne was four. She easily picked up the new language and made friends. Anne went to school in Amsterdam, then a Jewish secondary school. She was the type of girl to joke around in class and pull pranks on her neighbors. At school, she was very talkative and was given the nickname "Miss Chatterbox"! All in all, she was very playful, bubbly, and outgoing.
Anne and "Tests, Allies, and Enemies"
During Anne's time in hiding, she faced many trails. She lived in the secret annex with 7 other people- her mom, dad, sister, father's coworker and his wife and son, and a dentist named Dussel. Five different people, including Miep Gies, would help them by bringing food, water, and other necessities. Nobody was allowed to use toilets or water when strangers were at the warehouse under them. They were not allowed to talk in normal voices- only whispers. Limited movement was a requirement because too much movement caused too much noise. Perhaps the biggest trial of all was her journey to Wersterbork, a Dutch concentration camp, and then Auschwitz and Bergen- Belsen. The concentration camp itself and being separated from the only people she loved were probably the hardest things Anne had to go through.
Anne and "the Resurrection"
Anne Frank is a hero because she became an inspiration to people all around the world. She took a horrible event and recorded it in a journal, so we could see what hiding was really like. Not only was Anne brave and courageous, but she was clever and smart. She knew what her society was like and wasn't ignorant, like others may have been. In anyone's eyes, Anne Frank was truly a hero.
Miep Gies found Anne's diary pages all over the floor of the annex after the group of eight was found and arrested. Without reading it, she saved the diary in a safe place until Otto Frank came back to the annex. Miep gave the diary to Otto, who read and edited it. Although he took out extremely private parts, like Anne's relationship with her mother and entries about sexuality, Otto kept the diary about the same. After a few of his friends read it, Otto was encouraged to publish the diary. The first version of Anne's diary was published as "The House Behind", in 1947. Although Anne passed away in Bergen- Belsen, the publishing of her diary in a sense brought her back to life.
Intresting Facts:
- She called her diary "Kitty" because she wrote to her cat that she left behind.
- She died at 15 years old.

BY: Savannah Lengnick
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