Anne Frank Portfolio By: Lauren gonzalez - per. 1

Anne Frank Biography

Exploring the Setting

The Anne Frank House

The Secret Annex is a one of a kind landmark in Amsterdam. The Secret Annex is known for being the place where the Frank family and friends stayed to hide from the Germans in the time of Hitler's rule. After the war, the Secret Annex is close to almost being demolished. Thankfully, because of the popularity of the Anne Frank diary, it is saved, fixed up, and opened up to the public in the 1960s.

The enterance to the Secret Annex behind a bookcase.
The famous Chestnut Tree that Anne Frank watched grow outside of her window.

Dam Square

Dam Square is a popular tourist attraction in Amsterdam. With its large amount of places to shop, eat, and relax, it is hard not to visit. Once an actual water dam, was turned into a town square in the sixties. In the heart of Dam Square is the National Memorial statue, made in memory of the Dutch soldiers that died in WWII fighting for their country.

The Royal Palace, although not occupied anymore, was once the home of the Dutch Royal family.
Madame Tussad is a world famous wax works museum that is hard to miss due to its large amount of popularity.

Nuremberg Law

This document was used to indentify who was German when the Jewish faked being German to get out of going to concentration camps.

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 F├╝hrer 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 was an awful racism law to separate the Jews from the Germans. The laws were used to make Jews feel like aliens, not humans. They tore families apart that had been living together for a long time. The Jews home that they had been living for since they were born was now foreign to them. They were meant to make the Jews impure and unworthy of German blood.


Propaganda is spreading of rumors or information for the purpose of helping or harming a certain group, nation, person, or etc. The first type of propaganda is demonization, which is making someone look unhuman and beast-like. The second is name calling, which is calling a certain someone negative connotative words to encourage hatred toward enemy. Third, is emotional appeals, which is playing on emotion to help a certain cause. Fourth, is visual symbols, which uses symbols to appeal to people's emotions. Fifth, is a catchy slogan, which involves using very memorable phrases to help war effort. Sixth, is patriotic appeals, which uses symbols or patriotic language to appeal to people's national pride. Seventh, is humor or caricatures, which captures people's attention through use of humor to promote war efforts. Lastly, is half-truths or lies, which is the twisting of truth through blaming enemy for starting war or claiming to be victim of aggression from enemy. Propaganda was used to make people listen and be encouraged to believe in a certain cause and want to fight for that cause.


Anne Frank

She is the youngest in the Frank family, 3 and a half years younger than her older sister, Margot. Anne's birthdate is June 12, 1929. She is goofy and likes to play around, but can be serious and mature at times. She is kind, very social, and had many friends before she went into hiding. Anne died at 16 years old, in 1945, at a concentration camp in Germany.

Otto Frank

He was the father of the Frank family born on May 12, 1889. He is calm and made most of the decisions at the secret annex when they went into hiding. He is a natural leader and the one who balanced everyone. He was the only surviver in the Frank family and died on August 19, 1980, at age 91.

Miep Gies

Miep was a big helper to the Franks and the van Pels. She was born on February 15, 1909 and moved to the Netherlands when she was young. She sas a secretary at Opekta working for Otto Frank and was soon introduced to the people in the secret annex. She brought supplies, food, and was a huge friend to all the people in the secret annex. She lived until she was 100 years old and died on January 11, 2010.

Peter van Pels

The only child in the van Pels family and was born on 8 November 1926. He is, as described in Anne's journal, lazy and really sensitive. Anne had a crush on him as he is the only boy her age in the secret annex. His future plan was to live on a rubber plantation. He died in 1945, at age 18, in a concentration camp.

Act 1 Summary

Anne is in the Secret Annex with Peter, Margot, her mom, her dad, Mr. Van Dann, Mrs. Van Dann, Dussel, and Mouschi. The place is cramped and everyone gets on each others nerves, like Peter calling Anne Mrs. Quack Quack. Mr. Frank's business workers, Miep and Mr. Kraler, help Mr. Frank and the Secret Annex. When it is time for Hanukkah, Anne gives everyone presents and everyone is happy and joyful. Then, someone hears something downstairs and when Peter tries to turn off the lights, he falls and breaks the lamp, causing the thief to run. Everyone is scared now that the thief could rat them out to get himself out of trouble.

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

When did the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising take place?

During World War II, during April 19 - May 16, 1943

How many people died in the Warsaw Ghetto?

About 14,000 people died in the Warsaw Ghetto.

How many German soldier and Jewish fighters were killed in the uprising?

7,000 Jews and around 300 Germans.

As a result of the uprising, what did it do for Jewish morale in Poland?

They probably felt amazed that they could did that and did something to fight the Nazis for once. They must have also felt a little discouraged because killing 300 Nazis caused more than 7,000 deaths and Jews still sent to the concentration camps.

Act 2 Summary

In act 2, the tension is beginning to rise and people are starting to become more agitated to each other over the smallest things. Miep brings a cake and no one can trust each other to cut the cake because one person may get a tiny bit bigger piece than the other. Anne begins to talk with Peter more and go with him into his room where they once kiss each other. Again, the agitation of being in a tiny space for a long time starts to show when Mr. Van Dann tries to steal bread because of his greed and Mrs. Frank finally shows her mad side when she tells the Van Dann's to leave. Soon, they hear D-Day has come and that they will all be freed and are overjoyed, but that doesn't last for long. Someone rats them out, the thief was the one who was beleived to have ratted them out in the book, and they are taken away. At the end, when Mr. Frank was reading Anne's diary, she says that people are really good at heart, which makes Mr. Frank feel ashamed.


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