The Secret Annex
The Secret Annex was located in a vacant section of Otto Frank's pectin and spice company building. The Annex, hidden in the back of the building and unseen by passerbys in the front of the street, is sealed behind a movable bookcase. The Annex is able to hide 8 people for 2 years before being caught. The Van Pelt and Frank family hide during the day and are active during the night to avoid being caught.
The Rijksmuseum is a museum that houses over 8,000 works of art and historical objects that tells over 800 years of history of the Dutch. It offers an overview of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages onwards, and of major aspects of European and Asian art. Along with the works of art and Dutch artifacts, the museum has a library, garden and much more. The Rijksmuseum is located at the Museum Square, which is close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw.
1. 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.
2. Extramarital intercourse between Jews and subjects of the state of German or related blood is forbidden.
3. Jews may not employ in their household female subjects of the state of German o related blood who are under 45 years old.
4. 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.
5. 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.
The Nuremberg Law is a law made by the Germans to exclude the Jews from their society and make them separate. The rules were established to keep the German blood pure. The Germans and Hitler believed that blonde and blue eyes were the superior race, therefore removing the others from Germany. The laws were also made to establish which citizens were pure blood Germans or Jews so they could get rid of them faster. If the Jews hired Germans to work for them, they established a rule in which made women of the age of 45 less desirable and less likely to reproduce.
Propaganda is information in which is misleading and pursuasive. It is used to publicly promote a point of view or for a political cause. Propaganda had 7 different forms and was presented in books, newspapers, and posters. The purpose of propaganda was to persuade the reader into doing what they want. Propaganda sometimes twisted the truth, therefore being a partial lie and a partial truth. It would also sometimes promote a country and pride themselves.
Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt am Main. She is a lively person, but while in hiding, shows a more serious side of her. She went to Joods Lyceum, or Jewish High School with her sister Margot. She died in Bergen-Belson on February 1945.
Peter Van Pels
Peter was born on November 8, 1926 in Osnabrück. He has no siblings and moved into the Scret Annex on July 13, 1942. Peter was Anne's love interest during her time in the Secret Annex. After being captured, he was sent to Mauthausen after surviving the selection process. He died on May 10, 1945.
Otto Frank was born on May 12, 1889 in Frankfurt am Main. He was drafted in the military and was promoted to army lieutenant. In May 12, 1925, he married Edith Holländer and a year later, Margot was born. He sets up his pectin company and soon after, moves his family into hiding. Otto Frank dies on August 19, 1980.
Born Hermine Santrouschitz, Miep Gies was born on February 15, 1909, in Vienna. She was given the name Miep by her foster family. She is the secretary of Otto Frank's busniess and helps their family into hiding. She marries Jan Gies and has a son named Paul on July 13, 1950. She saves Anne's diary, after they were captured, until Otto returns from the camps. She died on January 11, 2010 at 100 years old.
Act I Summary
In the beginning of Act I, Mr. Frank comes back from the concentration camp and is greeted my Miep, who gives him Anne's Diary. In the next scene, both the Franks and the Van Daans moved into the Annex, and were later joined by Mr. Dussel. He stays in the room with Anne, who has night terrors, forcing Margot and her parents to sleep in the main room. They celebrated Hanukkah and Anne gave them gifts, to ease the tension. Then, there was a thief who heard a noise coming from the Annex, when Peter had fallen from a chair in attempt to turn off a light.