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Anne Frank And Gerda Weissman Klein

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Survival is being willing to do anything, defying all odds, to make it through a situation no matter how hopeless it seems. An example of survival in our own world today, is the people in the Philippines. Although the people in the Philippines didn’t experience a holocaust, they are still struggling to survive after a super typhoon ripped apart their lives. One of the most intense battles for survival in our history is the Holocaust, where Nazi Germany persecuted the European Jews. Two of the greatest survival stories during the Holocaust are the stories of Anne Frank and Gerda Weissman Klein. Both, Anne Frank and Gerda Weissman Klein’s horrific experiences during the Holocaust exemplify their outstanding courage to try and survive during one of the worst times in history.

Anne Frank and her family lived in Germany during the time following World War I. When the Nazi party came to power in Germany, the Frank’s were forced to flee Germany, and they moved to the Netherlands. Shortly after they moved, the Nazi’s invaded the Netherlands. In order the save their lives, the Franks went into hiding when Anne was at the age of 13. They hid in a “Secret Annex” located in the building where Mr. Frank used to run his business. They had 8 people hiding in a chain of rooms that was smaller than most mobile homes. Because food was being rationed during the war, the Franks, and those that were hiding with them, had to survive on only two ration books. Anne used to pass the time by writing in her diary. It was one of the only ways that she managed to survive and stay sane. She found comfort the words of her diary, and she wanted it to be saved so it could be published after the war. The family as a whole struggled to survive because there was absolutely no way to get away from each other. There was constant bickering, but somehow they managed to survive because they were hopeful for liberation. Another person living in the Annex was Margot Frank. She survived by studying, and she hide her feelings and outrages in her studies. Anne Frank and company were eventually caught and sent to a concentration camp where all but her father died.

Gerda Weissman Klein’s story of survival has some very striking similarities to the story of Anne Frank. She lived in Poland before the Nazi occupation. Both her brother and father were deported to a concentration camp in 1942. She and her mother were forced into hiding in their basement, where they were later found and forced onto trucks that took them to two separate concentration camps. She bounced around from camp to camp for three years before she was forced on one of the Nazi’s “Death Marches.” The Nazis wanted to eliminate all signs of their sins against the Jews, so they forced those in the concentration camps to march, on foot, away from the camp to another area. More that half of the people that participated in these Death Marches died along the way. Once the reach a location, the...

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