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The Franks were an old German- Jewish family Anne the youngest daughter was born on June 12 1929 in the town of Frankfurt-on-Main in Germany Anne Frank records her feelings emotions and thoughts as well as the events that happened while forced into hiding in her diary Four years later in the summer of 1933 the Frank family moved to Holland because Hitler had come into power in Germany and had introduced strict laws which discriminated against Jews In addition gangs of Nazi thugs would roam the streets beating up Jews for no reason except that they were Jews Realizing how dangerous the political situation was becoming Mr Frank prepared a refuge where his family could go into hiding Preferring this rather than submitting to arrest by the Nazis and being dispatched to concentration camps and to almost certain death At the beginning of July 1942 when it would have been foolish to delay not going into hiding the Franks along with a family called the Van Daans moved into the Secret Annexe In the building where Mr Franks offices and warehouse were situated they simply vanished from sight overnight When the Nazis occupied Holland in 1940 Anne was only eleven years old Like many parents Mr and Mrs Frank tried to protect their children from the edicts issued by the Nazis Although the girls knew that they had to change schools and wear the yellow star on their clothes they did not have any direct contact with Nazis In general the Dutch people were sympathetic to the plight of the Jews and many helped them with a kind word or little gifts The grisly wholesale murder of Jews in concentration camps did not really get underway until 1942 therefore in 1940 no one could imagine that the annihilation of an entire people was possibleBy the time Anne and the others went into hiding in June 1942 they knew that Jews were being rounded up
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