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Book Notes April/May/June 1943 Notes from The Diary of Anne Frank

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The Diary of Anne Frank April/May/June 1943

Thursday, 1 April, 1943

Koophuis has had a hemorrhage of the stomach, Elli has the flu, and Mr. Vossen has an ulcer. Daddy sends Kraler to a meeting in his place, and Anne, Margot and Daddy listen in.

Friday, 2 April, 1943

Anne refuses to say her prayers with Mummy, upsetting her greatly. Anne feels sorry for her, but she did not know that Mummy would be upset by the coldness with which she herself treats Anne. Anne is indifferent, and remains aloof because it is her true feelings.

Topic Tracking: Family 12

Tuesday, 27 April, 1943

Everyone is angry. Anne cannot sleep because of air raids, and they are eating terribly-dry bread and ersatz coffee for breakfast, and spinach and rotten potatoes for dinner.

Saturday, 1 May, 1943

"If I just think of how we live here, I usually come to the conclusion that it is a paradise compared with how other Jews who are not in hiding must be living." Saturday, 1 May, 1943, pg. 71 She is amazed at the level to which their manners have sunk. Anne packs a bag in case they have to escape, but realizes there is nowhere to escape to.

Topic Tracking: Optimism 7
Topic Tracking: Holocaust 14

Tuesday, 18 May, 1943

Students must sign that they are in sympathy with the Germans and that if they do not, as eighty percent have not, they are sent to labor camps. Mrs. Van Daan causes a ruckus, thinking the house is on fire. Mr. Dussel makes them all laugh by inviting the frantic Mrs. Van Daan into his bed. They laugh and forget about their fears.

Topic Tracking: Optimism 8

Sunday, 13 June, 1943

Daddy writes her a birthday poem, which is both an apology for the conditions under which they are living and an ode to her optimistic spirit.

Topic Tracking: Family 13
Topic Tracking: Optimism 9

Tuesday, 15 June, 1943

Mr. Vossen has cancer. They will have to hand in their big radio as it is too conspicuous, but they will get another, smaller one.

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