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THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK: CHAPTER SUMMARY
i) Jews must wear a yellow star to identify them from others.
ii) Jews must hand in their bicycles, which will be given to soldiers and policemen.
iii) Jews must not travel by train and are forbidden to drive.
iv) Jews must shop only in Jewish shops and only from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
v) Jews must stay indoors after 8:00 p.m.
vi) Jews must not visit the theatre, the cinema, or sporting events.
vii) Jews must not visit Christians.
viii) Jews must go to Jewish schools.
In spite of their feelings of uncertainty and fear, Anne and her family try to make the most of their restricted existence. The spunky teenager says that things are bearable, even though she was forced to leave her Dutch school in 1941, when Hitler occupied Holland. Anne also tells about her grief over losing her grandmother in January of 1942. She writes, “No one will ever know how much she is present in my thoughts and how much I love her still”.
Anne goes on to tell about her school, which continues in the entry dated June 21. She admits that she has a very talkative nature and tells about a punishment she received. Her teacher required her to write an essay on being an “incurable chatter box.” But Anne is also a good student. On Sunday morning, July 5, Anne writes how well she has done on her school exams. She claims that her sister, Margot, is the truly brainy one in the family, but Anne is proud of her own grades. Anne also expresses an interest in boys. She specifically talks about Peter Wessel, on whom she seems to have a crush.
Anne also writes about her father. Since Jewish men are no longer allowed
to do business, Mr. Frank whiles away his time at home, while his Dutch
partners manage the firm. Anne tells how she and her father share a strong
bond. Otto Frank trusts his teenage daughter enough to tell her about
his plans of taking the family into hiding. The news makes Anne anxious.
The first entries in the diary tell of the lively existence of a young Jewish girl who has just turned thirteen. She seems to bubble with laughter and a love of life, playing Ping-Pong, participating in pranks, and flirting with young men. Although she seems popular with her school friends and is doted upon by her parents, Anne feels a basic loneliness. Not having a best friend with whom she can share her emotions, she decides to write her thoughts and feeling into her diary, which she names “Kitty.”
Anne is particularly close to her father, Otto Frank. His birthday present to her, the red-checkered diary, is her favorite. He also trusts her enough to tell her about his plans to take the family into hiding. Anne is also close to her sister, Margot, even though she seems a bit jealous of her . She states that Margot is the smart one in the family, and she struggles to do well in school to keep up with her.
In spite of her youth and happiness, Anne cannot ignore what is going on around
her. In the previous year (1941), Hitler has occupied Holland. As a result,
she had to quit her Dutch school and attend a Jewish one. Additionally,
she gives a long list of other restrictions put on the Jews. They cannot
ride trains, own bicycles, work in most businesses, attend the theater
or movies, or visit with Christians. Additionally, they must wear yellow
stars to identify them as Jewish and shop only in Jewish stores between
the hours of three and five. Anne finds the restrictions difficult, but
she says that life is bearable. It is obvious that this positive young
lady tries to make the best of any situation.
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