Chapter summary

In 1933, when she was just four years old, Anne Frank had to flee to the Netherlands to escape the Nazis, as the Jews in Germany were being brutally harassed, persecuted, and executed. She experiences a few happy years in Amsterdam before German troops invade the neutral Netherlands in 1940. 

In 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne is forced to hide in the back of the building of her father's former company with her sister Margot, who is three years older, her parents, and another Jewish family of three. There, after two years, and shortly before the end of World War II, the people in hiding are discovered by the police in August 1944 and transported to a concentration camp, where they all die except for Anne's father. Two years later, Otto Frank had Anne Frank's diary published.

Our detailed summary of each of the 195 entries provides a comprehensible overview of Anne's stay in the secret annex in Amsterdam where the eight people lived together, locked up, for two years. For a better understanding, precise details of the place and time of the plot, as well as a listing of the participating characters accompany each entry.

We have divided the entries into four parts, corresponding to the four stages of Anne’s time in the annex. Like this, you will have an easier way of following the text.

Furthermore, our summary provides a quick and effective insight into Anne's thoughts and feelings as well as into her everyday life in hiding. All in all, our chapters help you to look at the long diary from different angles.

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Diary entry 147

Place: secret annex

Time: Wednesday, March 29, 1944

Characters: Anne Frank

Summary:

Last night a Dutch minister announced on the radio that diaries and letters written during the war would be published after its ending. Anne would find it interesting if her diary were to be published after the war. She is sure that the life it depicts would seem almost unimaginable to ordinary people. 

She notes that numerous everyday details were left out of her diary, even though they constantly dominate everyone's lives. These include, above all, the constant fear, and the almost indescribable misery that the war has brought upon the Netherlands.

Diary entry 148

Place: secret annex

Time: Friday, March 31, 1944

Characters: Anne Frank, Peter van Daan, Mr. van Daan

Summary:

The events on the Russian front make the inhabitants of the secret annex optimistic again about an upcoming end to the war. Otherwise, life continues relatively uneventfully for those in hiding. Everyone celebrates Mr. van Daan's birthday. Meanwhile, the talk about Anne and Peter has died down again. They have become very good friends and still talk casually about intimate topics.

Diary entry 149

Place: secret annex

Time: Saturday, April 1, 1944

Characters: Anne Frank

Summary:

Anne is eagerly waiting for Peter to confess his feelings to her and finally kiss her. She still fears that he might consider her just a friend, since she seems to seek his company more intensely than he does hers.

Diary entry 150

Place: secret annex

Time: Monday, April 3, 1944

Characters: Anne Frank

Summary:

Anne devotes an entire diary entry to describing the food situation in the secret annex. The food shortage, which affects the entire Netherlands, is of course noticeable in the secret annex as well. Most of the time, there is only one particular dish available for a while. At present, it consists mainly of beans and potatoes. Despite the shortage, Anne does not want to complain, because on the one hand they are all still alive and on the other hand the food often tastes good to them.

Diary entry 151

Place: secret annex

Time: Wednesday, April 5, 1944

Characters: Anne Frank, Peter van Daan

Summary:

The end of the war is still fantastically distant for Anne. She experiences a persistent longing for Peter. The constant thoughts of him tire her. Last night she cried herself to sleep. 

Anne wants to work as much as possible to get ahead in life. She wants to become a writer or a journalist, but she definitely wants to turn her passion for writing into a profession. Through writing, she wants to bring joy to others, make a name for herself that lasts even beyond death, and banish sadness from her everyday life.

Diary entry 152

Place: secret annex

Time: Thursday, April 6, 1944

Characters: Anne Frank

Summary:

Anne tells her diary friend Kitty about her many hobbies. Besides writing, she has an interest in family trees, history and mythology, and her movie star collection. She loves to read and learn about writers and painters. The only subject she does not enjoy is Mathematics.

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