Anne Frank Portfolio Ryan Robinson - Per 1

Biography of Anne

Exploring the Setting

The Secret Annex

The secret annex was a small set of rooms behind Otto Frank's spice company in which the Frank's hid during the holocaust. Anne lived with her sister Margot, dad Otto, mom Edith, and the Van Pels family. Here they lived for around two years getting food from helpers around them. Anne recorded her experiences first hand in her diary showing how she felt and how she lived during the holocaust.

Secret Entrance to Annex Behind Bookcase


Rijksmuseum is a museum located in amsterdam. It holds very expensive and precious peices of Art. It was opened in 1800 under a different name and has gone through many renovations and relocations. Here it has been and remains a popular tourist attraction to this day.

Rijksmuseum Research library, one of the Main Reasearch Libraries of the World

Nuremberg Law

Marriage between Jews and subjects of the state of German or related blood are forbidden. Marriages nevertheless concluded are invalid, even if concluded abroad to circumvent the law. Annulment proceedings can be initiated only by the State Prosecutor.

Extramarital intercourse between Jews and subjects of the state of German or related blood is forbidden.

Jews may not employ in their household female subjects of the state of German or related blood who are under 45 years old.

Jews are forbidden to fly the Reich or National flag or to display the Reich colors. They are, on the other hand, permitted to display the Jewish colors. The exercise of this right is protected by the State.

Any person who violates the prohibition under I will be punished by a prison sentence with hard labor. A male who violates the prohibition under I will be punished with a prison sentence with or without hard labor. Any person violating the provisions under III or IV will be punished with a prison sentence of up to one year and a fine, or with one or the other of these penalties. The Reich Minister of the Interior, in coordination with the Deputy of the Führer and the Reich Minister of Justice, will issue the Legal and Administrative regulations required to implement and complete the Law. The Law takes effect on the day following promulgations except for III, which goes into force on January 1, 1936. Nuremberg, September 15, 1935 at the Reich Party Congress of Freedom.

Nuremberg law was a list anti Jewish laws that were created Nazi Germany's before WWII. They were laws that took away many rights of people of Jewish descent and were very similar to those of Jim Crow laws. The Nuremberg law was meant to completely exclude and separate Jews from German life. These laws managed to embarrass and shun all Jews and taking away some basic rights that all people should have. These laws opened a gateway to the holocaust which was one of the most tragic events in world history killing millions and millions of Jews.


Propaganda is any form of media that is often used in politics to show an opinion or biased view. Propaganda usually shows opinion with a negative view on whatever is being said. It is used to sway the opinion of people by twisting truths or lying completely. In the 1930's in Nazi Germany there was lots of propaganda showing hate towards Jewish people making them feels completely unwelcome. But sadly was also used in america in the 1940's with propaganda showing lots of hate to Japanese people.

Series of Propoganda used in 1930's - 40's
Sketch note for Propoganda


Peter Van Pel

Peter was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Pel. Him and his family lived in the Annex with the Frank's. He was a sensitive boy who was seen as lazy and often kept to himself. He never had any goals and thought of things in a negative way. Throughout being in the Annex, Peter and Anne begin to fall in love.

Fritz Pfeffer

Fritz Pfeffer was a friend of Otto Frank who lived in the Annex with them as Anne's roommate. He was a dentist and known for being very handsome and to Anne his IBS. Fritz had a wife that wasn't Jewish so they couldn't be together. Because of this he had Miep Geis deliver messages between them every week.

Miep Gies

Miep Gies was a woman who worked at Otto Frank's jam company. She was great friends with everyone in their family and especially fond of Anne. She didn't live in the Annex but she was key to survival of the people in it. She and her boyfriend would bring rations and other needed items daily.

Margot Frank

Margot Frank was the eldest daughter of the Frank family. She was three years older than Anne and very different. Margot was very quiet and kept to herself getting very good grades in school. Miep Gies had a great relationship with Anne but has said Margot was there and that's all there is. Margot also had a diary of her own but was never found after the war.

Act I Summary

In Act I Anne and her family are forced to leave their life and go into hiding due to the Germans taking Jews away. In their hiding place called the Annex they meet up with the Vaan Dan family. In a Act I Anne is continuously annoyed by her mother not understanding her and Mr. And Mrs. Vaan Dan always making lots of noise. Later a man named Mr. Dussel comes and has very big differences with Anne and the two of them get in many arguments. Act 1 ends on Hannukuh with a theif coming and scaring the Annex with thoughts that it was the Green Police, putting everyone on edge.


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