Anne & Margot Frank: Relationship, Similarities & Differences

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Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha has Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology, as well as a Bachelor's in Marketing. She has extensive experience creating & teaching curricula in college level education, history, English, business and marketing.

Anne Frank went into hiding with her older sister, Margot, during the Holocaust. Learn more about the evolution of their relationship and the similarities and differences in the sisters' personalities, as portrayed in 'The Diary of a Young Girl'. Updated: 01/04/2022

The Diary of a Young Girl

In The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank and her family go into hiding to evade the Nazis during the Holocaust. They hide in the secret annex, which was a room built onto the back of Anne's father's office. They were there for two years, living with another family, the van Daans, in very cramped quarters and with a dwindling food supply. This environment created a lot of conflict between the families and within the families.

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  • 0:03 The Diary of a Young Girl
  • 0:29 Anne's and Margot's…
  • 1:08 Anne and Margot Before
  • 1:51 Anne and Margot in Hiding
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Anne's Personality and Margot's Personality

Anne is spunky and confident, in a way that many younger girls usually are not. She knows she is smart, and she is willing to speak her mind, even if that turns into an argument. Anne is also more independent and desirous of time alone; she works out her fears and frustrations in her own head or on paper, instead of with her family.

Margot is almost the opposite of Anne: she is quiet and well mannered. She has a wonderful relationship with her mother, and they're very close. She tends to gravitate towards her family and gets lonely if left alone too long. Others see Margot almost as a non entity, so quiet that many didn't even realize she was there.

Anne and Margot Before

Before the war, Anne and Margot were regular sisters, bickering at times, but mostly amiable. Because they were three years apart, their lives only intersected at school, but not much. Margot did exceptionally well in her courses, and Anne, although smart on her own, wanted to do better.

Their care for each other was obvious, though, the moment that Margot realized she received a call up notice, which was the note calling someone to report to a concentration camp for labor. Anne became very emotional and scared for her sister. 'Margot told me that the call-up was not for Father, but for her. At this second shock, I began to cry. Margot is sixteen - apparently they want to send girls her age away on their own.'

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