The Diary of Anne Frank Journal Entries Directions: Select 10 of the following entries and respond. All entries should start off with Dear Diary and be at least one typed page (double-spaced). Please circle which entries you will write about. Be creative when choosing pictures, font, and text size for each entry!!
What If? What if you were forced from your home, separated from your family, put in a cattle car, and dropped off at a concentration camp? How would you cope with the situation? Do you think something like the Holocaust could happen in America today? Why or why not?
Pretend you had one hour to prepare to go into hiding. You can NEVER return to your home. You cannot carry a suitcase; it would be obvious you were going into hiding. It is winter, therefore VERY cold outside and there is limited food where you are going. What items would you take with you? How would you disguise these items and how would you carry them?
After seeing pictures of concentration camps and learning a little about the Holocaust and Anne Frank, I feel…
If you had to live in hiding and could not make a sound from 9am-6pm everyday, except Sunday, and had no electronic toys to entertain yourself, what would you do? Make up a daily schedule for one of your days, by listing an activity for every hour from 9-6.
Anne’s father tells her to remember, “There are no walls, there are no bolts, no locks that anyone can put on your mind.” Respond to this quote…Do you agree? Disagree?
Anne describes the first thing each of the people in the secret annex would like to do after getting out of the hidden quarters. If you were free after many months of hiding, what would be the first thing you would like to do? WHY?
Prepare a holiday gift list for your family as Anne did. Include only items that cost no money. Write an explanation of why each gift is just right for the person receiving it.
Pretend you have one chance to write a letter to a family member while you are in a concentration camp. To who would you write a letter? What would you say? You can start this diary entry with Dear Mom, Dear Dad, etc.
Write a journal entry about how you’d feel toward German people if you were sent to a concentration camp just because you were Jewish?
Imagine you are in the hiding place and you could have any meal! What would it be and why? Describe the smell, the taste, and the colors! How would having this meal make you feel?
Describe how you would feel if the government forced you to wear a symbol on your clothes EVERYDAY to let people know that you belonged to a certain race, religion, etc.
You are in your hiding place. You are not allowed to make a sound or go near a window for fear of being caught. How does this make you feel?
You are German. You are stopped by the SS and told that you either turn a family of Jews in hiding or you will be killed. What would you do and why?
You are German. Allied Forces have taken you by force to tour a concentration camp. You see thousands of dead prisoners, the bunks, the crematory, and all of the prisoners’ belongings piled up. How do you feel?
You are German. How do you feel about your nation’s history? How do you feel about the Holocaust?
You are a liberated Holocaust survivor. What is the first thing you would do after being set free from the concentration camp?
You escaped the Holocaust. What is one thing that you would want to tell the world about your experience.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” What do you think this quote means? Do you think it is true? Why or why not?
Imagine you are in a secret hiding place. How would you decorate your place? With what? Why would you decorate it that way?
Imagine you are given orders by the German government to join the Nazi party. You are going to be sent to a concentration camp and help select which prisoners will go to the gas chambers or be shot. If you do not accept this job, you are considered a traitor and will be killed. What would you do?
If you knew that millions of people (not you) in America were being persecuted or murdered TODAY just because of their religion or race, what would you do and why? Would you tolerate this? Why or why not? How would this situation make you feel as an American?
You are Anne’s father. Write a letter to your daughter about anything you want.
You are Miep Gies and have chosen to help hide the Frank family. You know that if you are caught, you will likely be killed. Why did you make this decision? How does this decision make you feel? How do you feel knowing that you could lose your life if you are caught?
Imaging you are Anne Frank and wrote, “That’s the difficulty in these times: ideals, dreams, and cherished hopes rise within us, only to meet the horrible truth and be shattered.” What does this mean?
You have been friends with Anne Frank your whole life. But now you are told that you cannot be friends with a Jewish girl and you must stop speaking to her. Would you? Why or why not?