WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 1943
- Anne and the Secret Annex crew are helping out with boring office tasks—actually filling packets with powdered gravy.
- Anne describes the suffering of people outside and considers how selfish the members of the Secret Annex are to talk about what they will do or buy "after the war."
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 1943
- Anne describes her anger at the way everybody criticizes and misunderstands her. She often cries herself to sleep at night and tries to be good.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1943
- Anne is constantly compared to Margot and she detests it. She does not want to be like Margot at all, because she thinks Margot is too passive.
- The bickering and fighting between the van Daans and the Franks is constant.
- There’s some pretty funny stuff going on too—like Peter thinking "RSVP" means "warning" or "danger" and posting that on the bathroom when he doesn’t flush. You’ve got to check this part out.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1943
- The office building containing the Secret Annex gets sold without warning. The new owner and an architect come to check out the building and Mr. Kleiman (one of the protectors), pretends he’s forgotten the key to the part of the building that leads to the Secret Annex. Close call.
THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1943
- Mrs. van Daan gets the nickname "Mrs. Beaverbrook," after a radio man who has the same political opinions as her. She seems to like the name.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 1943
- Everybody is frightened by the war planes and machine guns at night and Anne frequently crawls into her dad’s room for comfort.
- Mrs. van Daan thinks she hears burglars in the attic at night, but they discover it is a swarm of rats instead.
- Peter accidentally puts his hand on a gigantic rat in the middle of the night and it bites him. Ugh.
FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 1943
- Anne describes "Boche," the downstairs office cat, nicknamed after the Germans because he is always instigating fights.
- Everybody is sick of eating beans, which is all they’ve been eating.
- Topics of Anne’s writing for the day: air raids, cigarette shortages, canned food, and Anne’s shoes are too small.
- Mr. Frank declares he will never go to another barber again because Anne has gotten so good at cutting his hair. Anne just wishes she didn’t nick his ears so often.
THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 1943
- Turkey (yes, we mean the country) is in the war.
FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 1943
- Oops, Turkey is not in the war after all. Not yet.
- 500 and 1000 guilder notes (that’s money) are no longer valid.
- Mr. Dussel is breaking the rules and writing letters to people outside of the Secret Annex. This is really dangerous.
- They hear a bit of Hitler’s propaganda on the radio.
THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 1943
- A burglar breaks into the office and the Franks, van Daans, and Mr. Dussel wait in horrible suspense, afraid for their lives.
- In the morning, the men go downstairs to check it out and it turns out they are quite safe.
SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 1943
- The teenagers have finished the shorthand course and are now working on increasing their speed.
- Anne is obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology and the adults laugh at her because they’ve never met a teenager interested in mythology.
- Anne reflects further on how the Germans treat Jews worse than animals. It makes her sick.