Diary Entries Diary Entry #1 – 11/14/2011 Reflect on the following statement made by Mr. Frank: “There are no walls, there are no bolts, no locks that anyone can put on your mind.” What do you think he means? Why does he say it? Why is it significant that he says this to Anne? Diary Entry #2 Write about a time when you stood up for something you thought was right or about a time you looked the other way. Then reflect on the following question posed by the author of “Terrible Things” in her introduction: “If everyone had stood together at the first sign of evil would [the Holocaust] have happened?” Diary Entry #3 On September 28, 1942, Anne writes, “You only really get to know people when you’ve had a jolly good row (argument) with them. Then and only then can you judge their true characters! Give an example from your own experience that either supports or challenges Anne’s statement. Diary Entry #4 When you look at the lists of numbers of Jews killed in the Holocaust they really are “Nameless Numbers.” Compare Anne’s diary to the cold lists of numbers. Which document (considering the diary as a document) has more impact on you? Why? What are some other ways to put names and faces to the horrors of the Holocaust? Diary Entry #5 “A little piece of heaven, surrounded by heavy black rain clouds” Write a poem or create a drawing that illustrates the meaning of-and your reactions to-Anne’s description of her life in the Secret Annex. What strikes you most forcibly? Fears of discovery? The lack of food? The quarrels among the people hiding? The relative safety of the Secret Annex? Diary Entry #6 Anne writes about seeing herself through someone else’s eyes (January 12, 1944). Describe yourself through someone else’s eyes-a parent’s view, for example, or that of a close friend or a sibling. Diary Entry #7 On July 15, 1944, Anne writes about how it is harder for young people to be in hiding than for the adults. Comment on her reasons for making this statement. Why do you agree or disagree with what she says? Diary Entry #8 Write about how you think you would feel visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, where “visitors can climb the steps behind the bookcase, walk through the rooms where Anne and her family lived, see the photographs of movie stars that Anne put on the walls, and climb up to the attic where Anne and Peter spent time together.” Journal Entry #9 Go to the Holocaust Magazine http://kimel.net/poetry.html Browse the site Print a copy of a Holocaust poem that you find particularly interesting. Write a reflection to this poem as your entry. Be sure to attach the poem to your entry.
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