Anne Frank was born in
Germany in the year of 1929
to her mother Edith and her
father Otto Frank. In 1933,
her father, Otto Frank
managed to set up business
in Amsterdam. So they left
Germany to go with him. A
year later Anne began
kindergarten at Montessori
kindergarten. He father later
stated “It was good for Anne
to attend a Montessori
school, where every pupil is
treated as an individual”.
in a special
part of their
Miep Gies was a lady who
was concerned of the Franks
needs and hid them in an
area of an apartment called
the secret annex. She was a
Dutch citizen who was sent
to live in The Netherlands
by her parents, because she
could recover from
malnutrition. She enjoyed
The Netherlands so much
that she later moved there.
“But even an ordinary
secretary or a housewife or a
teenager can, within their
own small ways, turn on a
small light in a dark room.”
― Miep Gies
BEFORE men loosed these iron gods of
Before the stars were from the darkness
I loved you in a flower-lit wonder-world,
I loved you, and through you I loved all life;
Then fell this dolorous night, unnatural, rife
With crimes unnumbered and black flag
I lost you while the writhing phantoms
About each dream and slew each with a
O when the day breaks and the shadows
When life moves out of this red masque of
And all my soul breaks through her prison
bars—Then, my lost love, will you return to
Or will you sleep, all innocent of breath,
Beneath a canopy of alien stars?
This poem makes me
feel an unexplainable
variety of emotions. It
is very well-worded
and descriptive and
adds to the sadness
and seriousness of this
poem. It provoked
haunting images in my
mind of the tragedy
referred to as the
But, it has its
moments of sweetness
like the my favorite
You who live secure
In your warm houses,
Who return at evening to find
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider whether this is a man,
Who labors in the mud
Who knows no peace
Who fights for a crust of bread
Who dies at a yes or a no.
Consider whether this is a woman,
Without hair or name
With no more strength to remember
Eyes empty and cold
As a frog in winter.
Consider that this has been:
I commend these words to you.
Engrave them on your hearts
When you are in your house, when you walk
on your way,
When you go to bed, when you rise.
Repeat them to your children.
Or may your house crumble,
Disease render you powerless,
Your offspring avert their faces from you.
This poem caught my attention
by showing to not take life for
granted. Many people now-adays believe that their lives are
horrible and awful, when in
reality they are living a fine and
worthy life. It presented an
image of the holocaust and how
awful it was. Then it made me
think of all the great sustainable
living conditions all of us are
“I commend these words to you.
Engrave them on your hearts.”
That verse stood out tome due
to the lack of appreciation
people have on their lives. If
they only noticed that people
had had it way worst and came
to realization that their lives
extermination of a nation, race, politi
cal, or cultural group.
There are many different examples
of genocide. Some other genocides
in history is when the Europeans
arrived to America. They wanted to
get rid of the Native Americans due
to the lack of space on the
European‟s „new found land.‟ They
wanted to collect all the natural
resources that they could find and
all the Native Americans who could
have helped them find the resources
were killed. Millions of Native
Americans died and many tries and
customs have been lost forever.
Another example of genocide is the
Armenian Genocide. While
everyone was so distracted in 1915
due to WWI, the Ottoman Empire
began capturing the Armenians.
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