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What are the reasons for Anne Franks response to the love ethic in her novel The Diary of a Young Girl I want to go on living after my death And therefore I am grateful to God for giving me this giftof expressing all that is in me It was this remarkable talent of expression that Anne Frank possessed that has lead to the diary of her time in hiding becoming one of the most enduring and touching literary pieces of the twentieth century As a thirteen-year-old child Franks family and close friends went in to hiding in an attempt to escape persecution from the Nazi regime that was tormenting the European Jewish population They shared the arduous and intense confines of the secret annex a small series of rooms in the attic of Otto Franks workplace for two years Their hiding was only made possible by four Christian friends Miep Gies Bep Voskuiji Johannes Kleiman and Victor Kugler who through their actions powerfully manifested the essence of the Christian love ethic Mathew 2237-38 states You shall love your neighbor as yourself and this has become the central teaching of Christianity Love above everything This belief does not say love your family as yourself nor love the people of your religion as yourself rather simply love your neighbor as yourself Consequently love is measured by how you interact with those whom you are in opposition to This is precisely the situation in which the four helpers as Frank affectionately calls them found themselves in as they were told by their government and society not to love the Jewish people but they did so regardless This is the primary catalyst for the overwhelming gratitude admiration and awe that Frank expresses throughout her diary towards her heroes A typical description of these people is the exclamation of Oh theyre such good noble people These reactions were formed as a direct result of the
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