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December 2015 TAP Movie of the Month – The Diary of Anne Frank

mv5bmje1otyxmtc1nv5bml5banbnxkftztcwoty1otqymq-_v1_sx640_sy720_December is all about the Anne Frank.  There are a few moments on our trips that are nothing short of life changing.  Visiting concentration camps in Germany and Poland;  Nelson Mandela’s prison cell; the spot where the A-Bomb dropped in Hiroshima, Japan;  the ruins of Pompeii.  Horrible things happened in each of those places, and as difficult as it was to stand there and think about what had gone on – it was important.

We study history to make sure we understand how to, in the future, avoid the same mistakes others have made in the past.  Anne Frank’s story has been told again and again for that very reason.  She gives a name and a face to the Holocaust.  Instead of countless anonymous victims, Anne’s story is one that all of us can relate to.  We are all able, on some level, to see ourselves in Anne.

That’s why the day we visit the Frank family’s secret hideout – a small space where eight terrified people spent 25 months hidden away, trying to outlast the Nazis – we want to make sure all of you have a good understanding of who Anne and her family were and what their story was.

You can choose any of the many Anne Frank films that have been made over the years.  Some are better than others, and I suppose that depends on your personal tastes, so choose one that you think you’ll relate to best.  If you can find any good documentaries or educational videos online instead, that is find with us.

If you would prefer, you may see a performance of an Anne Frank play instead.  I know several of you saw the production of The Diary of Anne Frank that Oswego High School did in the fall, so that would count.  Or, if you’d like, you can read the original Diary of a Young Girl or other books about Anne, her family, or her protectors.  I just read Anne Frank: The Biography, and I highly recommend it – it tells the story of Anne’s family before they went into the secret annex and follows them after they were arrested and deported to Nazi camps.  It was a powerful book loaded with tons of interesting information.  If you’d like an easier, but far less in depth, book, check out Who Was Anne Frank? from the “big head biography” series.

I’d also recommend Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped Hide the Frank Family by Miep Gies.  Miep, and her husband Jan, were among of several non-Jews who helped the Frank family survive in hiding, bringing them food and keeping them safe for over two years.  Miep’s story is fascinating, because it’s about selflessness, courage, and doing what’s right.

I know this is the “Movie of the Month” page, but Anne Frank’s story is so important to you getting what you should be able to get out of our experiences in Amsterdam, that we just want every one of you to find a way to understand her story.  If that’s through a movie, great.  If it’s through a play, a biography, her diary, or another book – that’s just as good.. No matter what you choose, we want you to feel like you know someone that was a victim of the Holocaust.  We want you to feel like you’re returning to a friend’s home when we visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

To participate in the December Movie of the Month conversation, use the comments section below to add your thoughts to the discussion.  Make sure you do the following things:

  1. Start off by telling the group which movie you watched.
  2. Tell us what you thought of the movie, and why.
  3. Most importantly, tell us what you learned that you think will help you be better prepared for our trip to France.

Then, come back often to share ideas, ask questions, or gain insight from your fellow travelers.

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  1. February 9, 2016 7:18 pm

    I watched the play, Diary of Anne Frank, I thought it was very interesting about how she lived with his family and the Dames and the dentist. To be honest, the play and the movie were really the same. I think the people at Oswego high just followed the script of it. I think this will help us when we go because it will give us background of how they lived and to put us into the place of Anne and how they lived there when we are there.

  2. Jennifer Keating permalink
    February 22, 2016 10:04 pm

    Tonight I watched Anne Frank which is on Netflix for anyone who has that available to them. A few years ago I had the pleasure of watching The Diary of Anne frank (1959) and acted out the play in class with my peers. I find Anne Frank’s story to be very intriguing and her personality to be likable which just makes you want to keep watching. Her hopefulness even in her depressing situation is rather heartwarming. Overall the movie and story highlight the fact that Anna Frank was a unique and creative young woman who wasn’t afraid to challenge others in conversation and question the norm. She was creative and definitely someone who had a mind of her own. The movie was easy to watch and it was quit enjoyable to follow Anne throughout her journey in the small secret apartment interacting with her family the Dames and the dentist. I really likes this quote from the movie, “Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old. It’s hard for us in this mad world. How can we hold onto our opinions when ideals are being shattered and destroyed, when everyone’s come to doubt the truth, justice, and god? I see the world being transformed into wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder, I feel the suffering of Millions. And yet somehow I feel that everything will change for the better. That in spite of everything, people are good at heart.” This quote is an example of how optimistic Anne was for someone in her situation, this is something that I found very admirable. It is important to hear Anne’s voice and know she is just one individual of many, many complex humans with fears, dreams, loved ones, and goals who were victims of the atrocity that is the holocaust. It is easy to think if you don’t see it or weren’t there that it didn’t really happen. It’s hard to put ones self into the shoes of a victim of genocide. Death seems so far off doesn’t it? We live these peaceful, lovely lives worrying about school, work and relationships. The holocaust was a reality to many humans and when we hear Anne’s story we see she is just a normal teen like me or you and it’s easier to put yourself in her shoes. That’s the scary thing, imagine in you were born in a different life a different time this could have been you. Watching this movie will give people a perspective that is very important to understand when we are touring Anne Frank’s house that she stayed at in Amsterdam during WW2. It will be a very emotional experience for me and many others I am sure.

  3. Tommy Stadler permalink
    March 3, 2016 6:11 pm

    I watched Anne Frank. I thought that this was a very good movie with a strong message. Based on Anne’s diary entries, the movie shows what Anne Frank, her family, and some of their friends had to endure as they tried to evade the Nazis. Anne’s character narrates throughout the film giving more details into her life. She was not afraid to speak and write everything that was on her mind. She had a very interesting personality which keeps you intrigued. Despite knowing the reality of the Holocaust, I was hopeful that Anne and her family would find a way to survive but sadly that was not the case. After watching this movie it made me appreciate what I have and how good I have it. It opened my eyes to realize how bad the holocaust truly was and the real life impact of it. Anne Frank’s diary and the house she lived in has become a symbol to show kids like me and future generations the power of hope against unbeatable odds. This movie has given me a better understanding of who Anne Frank was and being able to visit her house will be an honor.

  4. Sierra Rabe permalink
    March 5, 2016 1:43 pm

    I watched The Diary of Anne Frank (on Netflix). I personally really enjoyed the movie. The movie really showed how the drop of a pin at the wrong time of day, was the difference between life and death for Anne’s family. The movie also showed how brave not only the members of the Annex were, but the people who were providing for them such as Miep. The mood of the whole movie was also a huge aspect for me. At the possible worst moments of their lives, Anne’s family stuck together and went through it together. They also kept looking for the positives through a horrible situation. The family’s ambition was rather inspiring. I think this movie was great in terms of helping me on the trip. As we all visit Anne Frank’s house, the movie will really hit home. As I am remembering the members of the Annex’s lives, past, and what they have said, I will really become emotional. The Holocaust was a truly horrible time and remembering those involved is important. I can’t imagine leaving my life to hide from certain death. This movie was overall great and I would recommend it to everyone.

  5. Tommy O'Dette permalink
    June 2, 2016 8:18 pm

    I watched and enjoyed the Diary of Anne Frank. I felt many different emotions throughout the movie. The movie really had you feeling for the characters. I learned many things from this movie. First off, I didn’t even know that there were that many people living with the Franks. I also learned that Anne fell in love with one of the people she was living with. His name was Peter. One of the other things I learned is that the smallest noise made at the wrong time could be disastrous. Personally, I can’t imagine not speaking or barely moving during the day hours. All in all, this movie really made me interested in Amsterdam. It also gave me a really good understanding of the Holocaust. These families had to wake up everyday in fear of being caught and brought to the Nazi death camps. I recommend this movie to everybody. This gives a great understanding of the Holocaust and what the Jews had to go through trying to avoid the Nazis.

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