The major external conflict of Annexed is clearly the Holocaust. The Holocaust forces these two families, the Franks and van Pels, to go into hiding. For years 7+ people lived in a scanty, diminutive annex that was nothing but an attic with little insulation to keep warm in the winter or cool in the summers. The air was stale, the food was scarce, and the occupants were scared. While still in the annex, Peter faces a minor internal conflict involving Anne. At first he sees her as a young, clumsy, annoying, spoiled, know-it-all.
His opinion begins to change as she matures and grows from a hopeless pre-teen to a young woman. Peter’s personal fears encourage him to get to know her, even though he knows love is a dangerous emotion assuming their ultimate fate is undoubtedly death. Just when they have hope that the American soldiers are going to free them, the two Jewish families are captured and forced to live in concentration camps in many places including Auschwitz, Neungamme, and Bergen-Belson.
The major internal conflict occurs in Peter’s mind as he fights for survival in his many camps. He managed to withstand seven months in concentration. Before being captured and separated, Anne stressed the importance of writing every thought and every action that is happening to the Jews so that “’One day, everyone will know what they did. Our story, not theirs. And we’ll be proud to be Jews.
’” (251) In the camps, Peter’s character is questioned and tested as he must betray the people who helped him, and completely forget humanity to get past the fact that the power to let the people know of his tragedies are stronger than the Nazi’s hate. “I killed kindness. I stole. If we needed more bread I got it. There was no other way. ” (310) “’Stay Peter! Hide. ’…He has to stay – and they will kill him…I betrayed the man who tried to save me…I have deserted him. Because I want to live. ” (315-316)