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The Diary of Anne Frank
Transcript of The Diary of Anne Frank
DEATH DATE: March 1945
PLACE OF BIRTH: Frankfurt, Germany
PLACE OF DEATH: Lower Saxony, Germany
The adults females would wear their hair up while the younger ones would where theirs down.
Margot would have hers half up half down; To symbolize her age in the contrast between the adults and Anne.
As the play went on slowly they would loose their inhibitions and let their hair down or at least less neat; to symbolize all the time they spend hiding in the Secret Annex.
I would choose to dress my actors in bright vibrant solid colors to star the show and as the show progressed their wardrobe would get increasingly darker and duller.
The Van Daan’s and the Frank’s clothes would start the show in complementary colors but as the show went on their colors would change to that of contrasting.
The Van Daan's would be dressed in cool colors while the Frank's are in warm colors.
Mr. Van Daan’s clothes would grow darker slower because he is stealing food.
Peter’s clothes would change to compliment the Franks rather than his own parents.
Anne's clothes would remain bolder than the others and dim even slower than theirs, because of her optimistic and somewhat naive personality.
No green. GREEN=Green Police
The Diary of Anne Frank
Holocaust victim ,Anne Frank, and her family spent two years and one month hiding in the Secret Annex in Amsterdam during World War II, during this time she kept a diary.
Anne Frank's diary, which was published by her father after the war and has been read by millions of people around the world, records both the tensions and difficulties of living in such a confined space for that long a time, as well as Anne's struggles with becoming a teenager.
Since the publication of her diary, Anne Frank has become a symbol of the children that were murdered in the Holocaust.
lights/set design :
The set would be something small and cramped. I would choose not to use the entire stage, as it would be too much space. I would prefer to make it more realistic to the Franks' experience; small and cramped.
The lights at start would be filled with color, symbolizing the passion and hope the two family's have. But as the play goes on the colors would fade into lighter and whiter light until there was nothing left, but white on the stage. Thus symbolizing their loss of hope and passion. Except in the Hanukkah scene where everyone's spirits are lifted. there I would add a flash of color.
The Secrete Annex
Franks and Van Daans
of Anne Frank
World War II
German invasion of Amsterdam
World War 2 is historically recognized as beginning in September of 1939 with Germany’s invasion of Poland, although Japan had been at war with China since 1937. The launch of Europe into war, however, ultimately entangled the world’s greatest powers in the conflict, resulting in World War 2.
It is estimated that between 50 and 70 million people died during World War 2.
When Allied troops finally advanced into German territory, they discovered what Hitler had termed his “final solution” for the Jews: concentration camps in which millions of Jews had been systematically murdered.
World War 2 in Europe ended in May of 1945.
The United States’ war with Japan did not end until August of that year when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two Japanese cities.
WW2 & Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler, the head of the Nazi Party, was elected Chancellor of Germany in 1933. Prior to the military invasion that instigated World War 2, Hitler had slowly been rebuilding Germany’s army, which was devastated after the First World War. He also began undermining the rights of the Jews in Germany and devising his plan to take over Europe and eradicate the Jewish people entirely.
After Hitler invaded Poland, France and England declared war on Germany, but did not offer sufficient support to derail Hitler’s Nazis. In May of 1940, Germany invaded many more European countries, including France and Holland, and many of them fell to Nazi forces within weeks.
By the end of September in 1940, the major power players of World War 2 had divided into two groups: the Allies, including England, France, Poland, and the U.S., and the Axis powers, comprised of Germany, Italy, and Japan. With the attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor by Japanese bombers in 1941, the Americans were drawn into the fray against both in the Pacific and in Europe.
Germany invades the Netherlands. Rotterdam is destroyed by the Luftwaffe, (air force) but Amsterdam suffers only minor damage before surrendering.
The Allies liberate the southern Netherlands, but the north and west of the country are cut off from supplies. Thousands of Dutch perish in the bitter ‘Hunger Winter’.
The involvement of the Netherlands in World War II began with its invasion by Nazi Germany on 10 May 1940.
The Netherlands had originally hoped to stay neutral when war broke out in 1939, but this wish was ignored. On 15 May 1940, one day after the bombing of Rotterdam, the Dutch forces surrendered.
Subsequently the Dutch government and the royal family went into exile in London.
Following the defeat, the Netherlands was placed under German occupation,.Active resistance was carried out by a small minority which grew in the course of the occupation.
The Germans deported the majority of the country's Jews to concentration camps, with the cooperation of the Dutch police and civil service; the Netherlands saw one of the highest levels of collaboration during the Holocaust of any occupied country.
75% of the country's Jewish population were killed during the conflict; a much higher percentage than comparable countries, like Belgium and France.
Most of the south of the country was liberated in 1944. The rest, especially the west of the country still under occupation, suffered from a famine at the end of 1944, known as the "Hunger Winter".
On 5 May 1945, the whole country was finally liberated by the total surrender of all German forces.
The joyous festival of Hanukkah begins on 25 Kislev of the Jewish calendar. It celebrates two miracles --a great Jewish military victory and a miraculous supply of oil for the Temple.
Hanukkah marks the Macabees' long-ago defeat of the much-larger Greek-Syrian army that had invaded Israel. The Macabees were just a small group of Jews. But they organized themselves into a guerrilla army and, with God's help, proved stronger than their powerful enemy.
Following the Macabees' victory, the Jews rededicated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and, once again, were able to worship freely.
Although Hanukkah celebrates a military victory, its major symbol — the Hanukkah menorah, — reminds us of the miracle of the oil. As the Jews purified the Holy Temple, they found only one flask of the oil for the eternal lamp — enough to keep it burning for just one day.
But a miracle occurred, and the oil lasted eight days and nights until more oil could be brought from afar. This miracle explains why we celebrate Hanukkah for eight days and also why Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights.
Development of the play:
The first adaptation, The Diary of Anne Frank, was written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and opened in 1955. It was later adapted into a film by the same name.