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Summary of The Ignored Lesson of Anne Frank Throughout history many events have occurred and stories about them have been passed down in many different ways Sometimes the stories are told in a subjective way or it is socially unacceptable to question such events Bruno Bettelheim in The Ignored Lesson of Anne Frank talks about the German holocaust and the story of Anne Frank Although the author is not criticizing the Frank family he is criticizing the response we have to the situation When word was spread about the Nazi concentration camps extreme outrage flooded into the peoples minds over the ruthless and disgusting murders by the Nazis There was an universal unconditional love and cherish of the stories of the innocent such as The Diary of Anne Frank Bettelheim in concerned with the thought process of the Frank family He questions the attitude and stubbornness the family took on during the hiding stage The Franks would not budge on living life the same way as if nothing was going on outside While other Jewish families had great preparations and plans for an escape the Franks with great connections did not absorb the harsh reality of the situation They did not keep any weapons or choose a suitable place to hide So instead of fighting with honor until the end they walked heads down to their death They were too passive and did not realize the crucial important truths that were necessary to a possible escape Bettelheim himself experienced first hand the situation as a prisoner in Buchenwald and he survived He explains that it was possible for families to escape the tragic path that many took He has met many Jews and other anti-Nazis and they agree with him in their knowledge of setting aside peaceful personal life for the sake of survival in those times The Franks lacked the determination and relied too much on each other in this critical situation The
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