The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

What does the star of David symbolize? What do Peter's and Anne's view about the star reveal about them?

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The Star of David is a symbol of Jewish identity. Over the course of the play, we see that Peter would like to erase his identity and move on with his life. He sees the Star as a source of shame and humiliation. Anne, however, sees it as a symbol of her heritage.... something sacred.

Anne. (She starts to throw hers in, and cannot.) It’s funny, I can’t throw mine away. I don’t know why!

Peter. You can’t throw . . . ? Something they branded you with . . . ? That they made you wear so they could spit on you?!

Anne. I know. I know. But after all, it is the Star of David, isn’t it?


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