In an erstwhile decade, a tragic and quite Fascist Era was brought into effect by the present German chancellor, Adolf Hitler. This event later became known as the Holocaust, and will forever be remembered in international history. In short, Hitler gathered a group of “civil” servants, and began to annihilate all the Jewish people of Germany, and eventually other parts of Europe. He was quoted in a book he wrote, saying the Jews were “life undeserving of life. ” One of the innocent people affected by this awful front was a thirteen-year-old girl named Anne Frank.
In July of 1942, after months of hatred and egregation against those practicing the Jewish religion, Anne’s entire family was forced to go into hiding. For years, they hid in an attic behind a bookshelf in a secret annex. They were eventually discovered, and shipped off to a torturous concentration camp, where they were ordered to work long hours and treated as though they were scum. Yet, after all the trials and tribulations the Frank family, and all discovered Jewish citizens, faced, Anne kept her morals.
She believed that at the core of their existence, people were actually kind and “good. ” Anne is quoted in her diary, “In spite of everything, I still believe hat people are really good at heart. ” There are a multitude of reasons that could have led Anne to feel this way, including the people who helped her, the people who worked to liberate the concentration camps, and the view that Hitler himself only wanted the best for Germany, but the most important one is that Anne has much more good in her heart than others. Because of this, seeing the light in other people comes more easily for her.
Anne’s true inner kindness blinded her from the hatred of the world, and made her truly believe this notion, thus causing her to put it in her diary. Prior to Anne’s family going into hiding, Hitler wrote a book titled “Mein Kampf”, which explained what Hitler planned to do to improve Germany’s standings. It can be deduced from this book that Hitler honestly thought that the Jews ruined Germany; he just wanted Germany to be a better place for the people. Needless to say, his intentions were not to cause the mass- destruction that he later brought on, but to rectify Germany so that it could be the best country.
His book claims that Germany was the “Master Race”, and they had the ability to take over all of Europe. Hitler was not trying to be a bad person, but he was atally delusional. Gradually but drastically, the ethically-sound part of his heart turned dark, but was still remaining, hanging on. Although he truly wanted the best for his country, that was the ambition that drove him over the edge. Throughout the entire holocaust, Hitler had one ambition: to improve Germany. Unbeknownst, he didn’t want to ruin the world, or hurt people; he had good intentions.
This occurs a lot in everyday life, since people tend to love someone or something so much that they do the wrong things to help them. For example, a dad wants the best for his daughter so much that he might have cause to yell t her, blinded by his love. Because Hitler loved his country so much, he was so proud, he did awful things to improve Germany. Unfortunately, his logic was obscured by his admiration for his nation. He was so wrong in the way that he thought he could help, but that is all he wanted to do: to help.
Anne’s intelligence and kindheartedness led her to understand the rectitude in the hearts of everyone, including those that would eventually kill her, as well as her friends and family. Quite possibly, Anne understood the idea of having a good heart and good intentions, but bad execution- on a much smaller scale, as seen many times in the book. At the height of a dangerous time, it often becomes vital for people to work together. As the order of nations grows amuck, it seems that the citizens unite and grow together. During the holocaust, many Jewish people had to work together to try to maintain their livelihood.
Those in ghettos, such as the Warsaw ghetto, frequently amalgamated and worked collaboratively in revolt. These acts showed the strength of the Jewish people. In the case of Anne, this pattern was shown consistently, as Miep and Mr. Kraler extended the lives of all eight people in the annex, and saved Mr. Frank’s life. If not for them, Anne would ever have gotten her last few years on the earth; she would never experience any of her teenage years. Much of the passage proved that Anne valued Miep Gies, and Mr. Kraler, her protectors. Miep comes up the steps, followed followed by Mr. Kraler. They bring flowers, books, newspapers, etc. Anne rushes to Miep, throwing her arms affectionately around her. ” Since the people of the annex were forced to stay inside at all hours, they had no way of gathering any necessary supplies, including toiletries and food. Miep and Mr. Kraler were sure that they had as many supplies as possible, providing the maximum level of omfort that they could have in such a frightening time. A few lines after that quote, it is discovered that Miep has also baked a cake.
After being cooped up in the annex for so long, the families hadn’t seen a cake in “ages”, as Mrs. Frank puts it. Miep tried her best to bring exciting things to the annex, thus providing not only provisions, but also joy. Out of the kindness of their hearts, Miep and Mr. Kraler ensured that the annex- dwellers were safe. Anne calls them the protectors. “At least we know that Miep and Mr. Kraler are down there below us… I asked Father what would happen to them if the Nazis found out hey were hiding us. Pim said they would suffer the same fate that we would,” Anne writes in her diary.
Although they were greatly risking their lives, Miep and Mr. Kraler came back as much as they could. Additionally, the Franks, the Van Daans, and Mr. Dussel occasionally showed grace towards their housemates. A prime example of this is Peter and Anne. Peter is hesitant towards Anne at first, but he eventually grows fond of her, and is beyond kind. He says, “I think you’re just fine.. What I want to say… if it wasn’t for you around here, I don’t know. ” Anne lacked confidence in the way she treated others; she often iscusses her faults and concerns to Peter and Mr. Frank.
However, when Anne was feeling this way, Peter was able to cheer her up. Anne was thankful for this, and undoubtedly saw the goodness in Peter’s amidable, ever-glowing heart. It is clear that Anne is moved by the way Miep and Mr. Kraler sacrifice themselves for her and her family, making it easier for her to appreciate their hearts, but she also sees the good in the hearts of the other people living with her. Despite their many fights, they were able to live together for two years, in a small space, never leaving once. That takes a lot of perseverance and even courteousness.