The 3e International class presented extracts from the play « The Diary of Anne Frank » to the 6e Inters last Friday.
The class explored the story of this young Jewish girl and her family hiding in Amsterdam during the second World War. Anne Frank was born in Germany in 1929, but her family moved to Amsterdam in 1934 to avoid persecution. With the invasion of The Netherlands, the situation became bad for the Jews and in 1942 she, her family and another family called the van Daans in the diary went into hiding. Later they were joined by a dentist whom Anne called Mr Dussel.
Sometimes they shared joy and laughter, like when they celebrated Hanukkah.
Or when Miep, one of the Dutch people protecting them, brought them a cake.
But life was hard in such a small space for so many people under such strain, and occasionally, tempers flared.
Things got so bad that Mrs Frank even threatened to throw the van Daans out when Mr van Dann was caught stealing bread.
Unfortunately, in the end, they were betrayed by an informant and were arrested in August 1944. They were deported to concentration camps, where they all died, except for Otto Frank, Anne’s father, who returned to Amsterdam at the end of the war and found her diary.
The play ended on Anne’s last words :
« In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. »