First year in the secret annex

Diary entry 12

Place: hiding place of the Frank family and the van Daans in the secret annex (263, Prinsengracht  Amsterdam)

Time: Thursday, July 9, 1942 (partial narrative about Monday, July 6, 1942)

Characters: Anne Frank, Otto Frank, Edith Frank-Holländer 

Summary:

Anne recounts the morning of her escape to the hiding place. Her parents had been preparing their arrival for months. They had originally planned to go into hiding in another ten days. However, since the summons from the SS to Margot overturned their plans, the hideout is not yet fully equipped for their coming. 

The hideout is located in the two-story annex at the back of the office building of the Opekta company, the old workplace of Otto Frank. Anne's family has two small rooms available, one for her parents and one for Margot and her. Once the van Daans arrive, they will sleep in the shared kitchen, and their son, Peter, will have his own room, although it is a tiny one.

The office staff of four, consisting of Mr. Kugler, Mr. Kleiman, Miep Gies, and typist Bep Voskuijl, know about the families' arrival and the hiding place in the annex. They will take over the care of those in hiding. The three warehouse workers, however, don't know about it.

Diary entry 13

Place: secret annex

Time: Friday, July 10, 1942 

Characters: Anne Frank, Margot Frank, Otto Frank, Edith Frank-Holländer, Bep Voskuijl (office typist), Miep Gies 

Summary:

In this diary entry, Anne continues the uninterrupted narrative of moving into the secret annex. Together with her father, she spent the entire Monday and Tuesday clearing out the family's belongings from numerous boxes that had been brought in. Her mother and sister were too tired to help them. Bep and Miep, the office's two employees, go grocery shopping with the family's ration coupons.

Diary entry 14

Place: secret annex

Time: Saturday, July 11, 1942

Characters: Anne Frank, Margot Frank, Otto Frank, Edith Frank-Holländer

Summary:

Although Anne thinks the annex in the back of the house is an ideal hiding place, she is sure that she will never feel at home here. In the evenings, the family can leave the annex and spend time in the more spacious offices of the company, because the office building borders on two companies where no people are present at night. Nevertheless, Anne is very afraid that someone will see or hear her in the office. 

During the day, the family has to be very quiet as well, to avoid being heard by the warehouse workers. None of them are ever allowed to leave the building or even look out the window. 

The family they befriend, the van Daans, are scheduled to arrive at the hideout the following Tuesday. Anne looks forward to their coming. The silence in the house makes her extremely nervous, especially in the evenings.

Diary entry 15

Place: secret annex

Time: September 28, 1942 (additional entry)

Characters: Anne Frank

Summary:

In an additional comment written two months later, Anne states how much it depresses her to never be able to leave the secret annex. She is also still very afraid of being discovered and shot.

Diary entry 16

Place: secret annex

Time: Sunday, July 12, 1942

Characters: Anne Frank, Margot Frank, Otto Frank, Edith Frank-Holländer

Summary: 

Anne feels increasingly alienated from her family, especially from her mother and from Margot. She feels that her parents treat Margot with much more understanding and indulgence. She is also disturbed by how compassionate and harmonious the other three are with each other and with her. Anne only wants to be emotional when she is alone. The only one that she feels understands her sometimes is her father.

Diary entry 17

Place: secret annex

Time: September 28, 1942 (additional entry)

Persons: Anne Frank, Otto Frank

Summary:

In an additional entry, Anne expresses her great affection for her father. She feels completely understood by him. But whenever she wants to talk to him confidentially, she bursts into tears. She resolves to be less sentimental in the future and to write down little stories as well, not just her feelings.

Diary entry 18

Place: secret annex

Time: Friday, August 14, 1942 (narrative about Monday, July 13, 1942)

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

Summary:

Anne has not written a new diary entry for a month because there simply wasn`t enough happening. In this entry, she recounts the arrival of the van Daan family at the secret annex, exactly one week after the Frank family went into hiding there. After just three days, everyone felt they had grown together into one big family of seven. 

Mr. van Daan also reports on how the neighborhood reacted to the disappearance of the Frank family. He paid a visit to their apartment in order to mislead the family`s next-door neighbor.

 Mr. van Daan pointed out a piece of paper with a Dutch address on it and told him that the Frank family had probably fled abroad with the help of the given contact. Acquaintances in the neighborhood believe this story and spread it enthusiastically.

Diary entry 19

Place: secret annex

Time: Friday, August 21, 1942

Characters: Anne Frank, Mr. Kugler (Otto Frank's business partner), Mr. Voskuijl (Bep's father), Peter van Daan, Mr. van Daan, Edith Frank-Holländer, Otto Frank

Summary:

Mr. Kugler wants to conceal the entrance to the back house better. He has Bep's father, who in the meantime has been informed about the people in hiding, make a revolving bookcase, which is placed in front of the door. 

Otherwise, not many changes happen in the secret annex. Anne is in constant conflict with Mr. van Daan and has numerous disagreements with her mother. She finds Peter boring; she thinks he is a dummy. She only has kind words for her father.

Diary entry 20

Place: secret annex

Time: September 21, 1942 (additional entry)

Characters: Anne Frank, Mr. van Daan

Summary:

Anne notices that Mr. van Daan has been treating her with an insincere kindness lately which she acc...

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