Anne Frank: One of Hundreds of Thousands
"One of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war and its impact on human beings that I have ever read."
—Eleanor Roosevelt in her introduction to The Diary of a Young Girl
"So much has happened it's as if the whole world had suddenly turned upside down."
—Anne Frank, June 8, 1942
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's online introduction to Anne Frank states, "Anne Frank was one of the hundreds of thousands of Jewish children who died in the Holocaust." In that sense, she is not unique; however, through the very ordinary act of writing a diary, through her youthful wisdom and budding literary talent, Anne remains today an extraordinary "symbol for the lost promise of the children who died in the Holocaust."
This lesson invites you to supplement your students' reading of The Diary of a Young Girl by connecting the diary to the study of history and to honor the legacy of Anne Frank, the writer, as she inspires your students to use writing to deepen their insights into their own experiences and the experiences of others.
What were the historical circumstances that led the Frank family to go into hiding?
Show on a map territorial changes to Germany as a result of the Treaty of Versailles.
Identify European countries that came under German control before and during World War II.
Discuss the various policies Germany implemented in occupied countries in Europe and particularly in the Netherlands.