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1944 15 Year Old Anne Frank Is Captured by the Nazi's

The Nazi's were acting on a tip-off from a Dutch informant. They discovered the Jewish Anne with her family, another Jewish family and a Jewish man, who all had hidden in an annex to avoid capture by the Nazi's. Had those hiding been discovered, they would have been sent to their deaths in the concentration camps.

Anne Frank wrote a diary whilst in hiding and this survived the war. Anne died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, of typhus, only two months before it was liberated by the British.

Quotes form Anne Frank's diary:

"I don't believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone, are guilty of the war. Oh no, the little man is just as guilty, otherwise the peoples of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! There's in people simply an urge to destroy, an urge to kill, to murder and rage, until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated, and grown will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again." Wednesday, 3 May, 1944. (Quote taken from www.bookrags.com)

"I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and what I could be, if... there weren't any other people living in the world." Tuesday, 1 August, 1944, the last day for which she wrote an entry before being arrested by the Nazi's. (Quote taken from www.bookrags.com)

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