I was born the day Anne Frank went into hiding-July 6, 1942. When I first read The Diary of a Young Girl, I was 13, the same age as Anne when she started her diary. That combination of events, and the fact that I, too, kept a diary, forged a connection between Anne and me. (p. 5)
You'll have to get the book to appreciate the depth of resources which Susan assembled in this curriculum resource. I can't begin to showcase her project suggestions, response journal topics, thought provoking discussion questions, and excerpts from Holocaust survivors. Here are just a few examples which spoke to me.
This photograph captures Anne and her dream of one day becoming a journalist or a writer.
National-Socialist German Workers' Party
Head of the Party Secretariat Fuehrer Headquarters, July 11, 1943
Circular No. 33/43 g.
Re: Treatment of the Jewish Question
On instructions from the Fuehrer I make known the following:
Where the Jewish Question is brought up in public, there may be no discussion of a future overall solution.
It may, however, be mentioned that the Jews are taken in groups for appropriate labor purposes.
signed M. Bormann
File Reference: Treatment/Jews
Source: Documents on the Holocaust, Selected Sources on the
Destruction of the Jews of Germany and Austria, Poland and the Soviet
Union, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 1981, Document no.160. p.342.
This is one of several documents used in the prosecution of Nazi war criminals during the Nuremberg trials. Ms. Moger also devotes several resource pages and discussion questions on the topic of doublespeak and euphemisms.
A Dead Child Speaks
by Nelly Sachs
The Diary of a Young Girl is a classic book appreciated by readers young and old. Hopefully this curriculum supplement will continue to facilitate Anne’s purpose: to document a piece of history that the world can’t afford to forget.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Rose Under Fire
Liesl's Ocean Rescue
Prisoner of Night and Fog
Read Annexed by Sharon Doger for a fictionalized story about Peter Van Pels.