The Diary of a
Sunday, 14 June,
“On Friday June
12th, I woke up at six o’clock and no wonder; it was my birthday.
But of course I was not allowed to get up at that hour, so I had to control
my curiosity until a quarter to seven. Then I could bear it no longer, and
went to the dining room, where I received a warm welcome from Moortje (the
Soon after seven
I went to Mummy and Daddy and then to the sitting room to undo my presents.
The first to greet me was you, possibly the nicest of all.
Then on the table there were a bunch of roses, a plant, and some peonies,
and more arrived during the day.
I got masses of
things I was given camera obsura, a party game, lots of sweets,
chocolates, a puzzle, a brooch…”
paragraph 1 she shows curiosity for:
Her Birthday presents
The sunny day
In paragraph 2 the word “you” refers to:
Her best friend
In paragraph 3 the word “masses” is the closest to meaning:
written for a few days, because I wanted first of all to think about my
diary. It’s an odd idea for someone like me to keep a diary; not only
because I have never done so before, but because it seems to me that neither
I-nor for that matter anyone else-will be interested in the unbosoming of a
thirteen-year-old schoolgirl. Still, what does that matter? I want to write,
but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried
deep in my heart.
There is a
saying that “paper is more patient than man”; it came back to me on one of
my slightly melancholy days, while I sat chin in my hand, feeling too bored
and limp even to make up my mind whether to go out or stay at home. Yes,
there is no doubt that paper is patient and as I don’t intend to show this
cardboard-covered notebook, bearing the proud name of “diary”, to anyone,
unless I find a real friend, boy or girl, probably nobody cares. And now I
come to the root of the matter, the reason for my starting a diary: it is
that I have no such real friend.”
What Idea does she question herself in paragraph 1:
her writing in a diary
Her lack of friends
Her unmoral family
Why does she mention that “paper is more patient than man”?
she thinks that:
it is more reliable than a person
that it is never going to question her ideas
her secrets are safe in it
She never has to give explanations to it.
How does she describe her Diary? Like a:
a covered book
What does she say about her friends:
She has plenty of friends
She trusts all of her friend
She has no real friends
She does not believe friends exist
Why does she write in her diary?
So she can express herself
for simple entertainment
so she confide her secrets
because it is a school obligation
“My father was
thirty-six when he married my mother, who was then twenty five, my sister
Margot was born in 1926 in Frankfort-on-Main, I followed on June 12, 1929,
and we are Jewish, we emigrated to Holland in 1933, where my father was
appointed Managing Director of Travies N.V. This firm is in close
relationship with the firm of Kolen & Co. in the same building, of which my
father is a partner.
The rest of our
family, however, felt the full impact of Hitler’s anti-Jewish laws, so life
was filled with anxiety. In 1938 after the pogroms, my two uncles (my
mother’s brothers) escaped to the U.S.A. My old grandmother came to us, she
was then seventy-tree. After May 1940 good times rapidly fled: first the
war, then the capitulation, followed by the arrival of the Germans, which is
when the sufferings of us Jews really began. Anti-Jewish decrees followed
each other in quick succession.”
Why where Jews discriminated:
because they carried a mortal disease
because of anti-Jewish laws
Because of their ideas
Because of their looks
Whose fault was it that the Jewish had to live in inhumane
In paragraph 2 what is the main idea:
The arrival of the Germans
the suffering of the Jews
Hitler’s Anti-Jewish laws
In General, What is the main purpose of the book:
Show how the unfair politicians made Jews lives miserable
Recreate the life of a young Jewish girl, living through a great
Show social facts of the years of the war.
Show the importance of friends in life.