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Anne Frank Essay, Research Paper I can remember the first time I knew of Otto Frank’s idea for the Secret Annex. Otto had been paying attention to the Nazis for quite some time, and had noted their strong desire towards the expansion of Nazi rule. I myself must admit that I knew nothing of the terror we were about to face. Soon Jews were wearing Yellow stars on their chests, not allowed into public places, not allowed to associate with non-Jews, and finally being deported to “work camps”. Since Otto and his family were Jewish, I began worrying about their safety. I had worked for Otto at the Dutch Opetka Company in Amsterdam for quite some time, and in that time, we had become close friends and I admired Otto for his wit, and love for his family. I believe that during

my worrying, Otto had been secretly making plans for his family to move into the hidden apartment above the company offices. He continued to prepare the annex for over a year, until finally the Frank family had it’s first encounter with a deportation scare. Otto’s two daughters Margot and Anne were his pride and joy, so naturally when Margot received a deportation notice on July 5, 1942, Otto told the family of the “Secret Annex” he had been preparing for over a year. In addition to his wife Edith, Margot, and Anne, he also told me; Miep Gies. I was astounded by this plan, for it consisted of absolute seclusion from the outside world, and complete silence during business hours. I knew Anne and Margot would have to miss a great deal of school, social gatherings, and the

normal events that teenaged girls attend. I knew Anne in particular would not be happy about the move, because of her love for movie stars, boys, and friends which she would not be able to indulge while living in closed quarters. I was relieved however to learn that not only I would have the knowledge of this plan, but Otto’s business partners Victor Kugler,Johannes Kleiman, friend Bep Voskuisl, and her father would also help with the tedious task of concealing a family from police, and the rest of the world. Bep, Victor, Johannes, and I would have the great task of operating the business with an absence of our employer, hiding a family, pretending to know nothing of the Frank’s whereabouts, and bringing the Franks clothes, food, literature, news, and hope. I knew my role was

of great importance to the family, I would serve as the messenger, and would visit daily to tell of recent war developments and bring extra treats to the family. Some of my fondest memories are of Anne’s smiling face, when she saw me enter the annex with outstretched arms eager to embrace her. Before the Franks would move into the Secret Annex, they would leave a false trail behind which implied that they had gone to Switzerland. This trail would lead Nazi officials elsewhere, so that the Franks would be able to move in to the Annex quickly and carefully. Finally on July 6, 1942 the Frank family would leave their comfortable home, friends, and lives, for The annex, which would hold them for over two years. Soon Otto’s friend and business associate Hermann Van Daan, his wife,

and son Peter would join the Franks in the Secret Annex. This would make the living arrangements a bit cramped for the Franks. I was aware of Mrs. Van Daan’s low tolerance for nonsense, and since I knew Anne so well, I was certain that the two quite possibly would have many quarrels. I tried to help Anne and Margot’s adjusting process by bringing magazines, books, and news of the war going on outside. Anne even confided to me of her secret blooming romance with Peter Van Daan, who was a bit older than Anne. However the romance did not have much of a chance, since the Annex was small and there was not much room for privacy. For the secret annex now held a new occupant; my dentist Fritz Pfeffer arrived to share the hideaway. This would prove to be another problem to the