The Road To Revolution; A slaves diary.

The road to my revolution, A slave’s diary:


Month 1: The sale of a new slave.

I’m awakened with a sharp slap to my cheek, the cool air stings my taut limbs as I dangle aimlessly from a long chain. The chain is long enough that I am on the floor but just short enough to prevent my escape, with a torturous intent on breaking my will. Today is the day that I am sold, like cattle with no rights and barely the will to speak. My name is, Etris. Etris Domica Corinis.

Or at least it was until I was captured. My life before slavery, is a memory long lost amongst the torture and beatings to break me. I was a farmer, on the borders of a neighboring province that was under siege by roman legionnaires. I remember bloodshed, and the pain in my side as I was knocked unconscious by a roman soldier, The last thing is saw under his helm was cold unfeeling eyes. Trained to kill.


Back to the present, where I find myself at now – in a room with people being slowly dragged out by chains, I recognize a few of my fellow country men as they walk past- hope all but lost.  A guard comes for me next- he looks at me with disdain in his eyes and spits, actually spits. “ sporcizia”. Filth. Thats is all I am degraded to as i am hauled out to the markets with the others, the future is all that awaits me now.


Month 2 : The fields in which my freedom grows.


I was lucky enough to be sold to a wealthy patrician who works in the senate. I spend my long days working with my fellow brothers in the fields, guards keeping an eye on us as we work, to make sure that we don’t escape.  We eat very little, while the foods that we cultivate are used for lavish parties for the masters co- workers and their wives. Most of the food we have to haul out again, unable to touch or eat any in fear of losing limbs. So much food wasted, and for an ungrateful pig that whips his slaves and starves them, while we suffer- under his cruel reign.


Month 3: Revolution, but at what cost ?


Rumor amongst the slaves have grown from murmurs to wakes, a man named Spartacus is rallying all those who wish to join the revolt. I am well used to the life of a slave now, freedom all but a foreign concept. Besides once a slave, you are your masters for life- unless he grants you freedom, fat chance of that happening in my case.  I’m thinking about the revolt -I wish to be free so much, but at what cost to I value my life.


Month 4: A lesson learned is a person punished.


The days are longer, more guards are hired, slaves that I befriended in the fields have been slaughtered for trying to escape. My owner make a show of it, executing them in out fields on crucifixes. They hang there even now – 3 weeks after their death, out in the fields, a reminder of what awaited those who wish to be liberated. The fields stink like death making the days even  longer and my stomach weaker with every glance.


When will this war end ? Spartacus wants freedom- but how many lives will it cost ?- death is ever present on this road to my  revolution.

Danielle Parrish (c) 2016


Post – 10- Who is Anne?

What else do we learn?

That Anne is an aspiring feminist , and that she is  very proud of self proclaimed know it all and she is very proud of that trait – 🙂 She also longs to be free of the Annex’s clutches so she can enjoy nature again.

How do you feel about Anne at this stage?

That perhaps in another time she could have done great things for society,  not that she hasn’t already. But as an active part of her work, seeing the changes that she makes on the world is something that I wish she could witness.

Do you have something you’d like to tell her? Ask her?

I’d like to tell her that we are a lot alike, and would be friends if not for the generation gap – and other obvious reasons, that prevent that. In her situation with her family and how she holds herself, I’d like to ask her how she handles herself so well……….

The swing kids and other resistance goups- part 9


  • The Edelweiss Pirates

    group of ex-Hitler Youth

Mostly comprised of teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18

  • The Swing Kids

    likes american music

Though not very political at the beginning, the Swing Kids were said to have begun spreading the truth heard from the Allies to German citizens.

  • Johann George Elser

was one of many men who tried to assassinate Hitler.

tried to do it alone.

  • The European Union

European Union was a group of anti-fascist Germans who despised Nazism and what it had done to their country.

ounded in Berlin in 1939

  • The White Rose

White Rose was a non-violent group, mostly made up of intellectuals,

The White Rose became quite popular, especially among college students, and various offshoots popped up in different towns.

  • The Solf Circle

The least successful of all the groups on this list, the Solf Circle was an informal group of intellectuals who were against Nazism

Nearly everyone was rounded up, arrested, tried, and executed.

  • The Catholic Church

Rather, we’re talking about certain Catholic priests in Germany, who vociferously fought against, among other things, the T4 program (the so-called “euthanasia program”)

  • The Rosenstrasse Protest

A singular event, perpetrated because of the deportation of thousands of Jewish men who were married to non-Jewish women.

For over a week in early 1943, the women peacefully marched in protest against their husbands’ deportation.

  • Kreisau Circle

aid to be one of the main centers of the German resistance movement, their goal was to figure out how to establish a peaceful, Christian Germany, after the war was lost.

after in the war, some of the members were involved in a failed assassination of Adolf Hitler

  • Red Orchestra

was created in 1936.

Named after Harro Schulze-Boysen (the Luftwaffe staff officer who founded it) and his friends, one of their goals was to gather intelligence for the Allies and help those hunted by the Nazis to get to freedom.

( – all information can be found on this site)



Anne dreams about Hanneli- part 7

Anne often worried about her Jewish friends. On November 27, 1943, Anne described her dream about her friend Hanneli Goslar.

  1. What do you think this dream was about?

Anne coming to trams with everyone she loves being taken away from her, and coming to the realization that she is safe and hanneli is not.

  1. Why was the dream so disturbing for Anne?

Because Anne realizes the mistakes that she made when she was with hanneli, mistaking her personality and having previously made judgments about her without really getting to know her all that well.


Compare this dream to Anne’s original description of Hanneli (June 15, 1942).

Anne’s previous thoughts on her were;

  • shy
  • strange
  • outspoken with people she knows but shy around others
  • mothers girl
  • snitch
  • says what she thinks.

Write a poem!- English- part 6

On Sunday 13 June, 1943 (pg. 103) Anne publishes a poem written by her father (edited by her sister Margot) about what it’s like for the girls living in hiding. Why don’t you write a poem in response to Anne’s diary or to something you’ve learnt about the plight of the Jews…?


My response;

The Cold War of Segregation;

A yellow star is branded upon their clothes, like cattle they herd them in droves.

A man at a podium fuels the new generation with unjustified hate.

it was to late for Art college – but not too late for mistakes. 

Cutting away all of their smiles with guns and gas and poisonous bile, whilst others look on in fear.

who could be next? 

A war cold as the bitter jeers that are given, new laws and new feelings- none of which are justly given right to see light.

Leaving behind the voices of many who march on and get beaten till they are bruised and bloody.

what life is this for Jews? 

The war rages on as emotions run cold.

The sight of trains and thinning cities, officers in fancy uniforms patrol,

marching like they are new gods as the death count takes its toll.

Hiding away like mice from a cat,

fear and anger marches on in the Cold War of Segregation.

Where the only song is war,

and the yellow star is slowly purged from histories pages, forevermore.

  • Danielle Parrish (2016). (c)

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Timeline of Anne’s destiny: Part 6

  • Moved to the annex.
  • Margo got a call- up from an SS officer
  • The franks moved in with the Van Danns
  • In 1933, Hitler takes over as leader of the German government
  • The Franks had to move into the annex 10 days earlier because of the letter that Margot got.
  • “The people on their way to work at that hour gave us sympathetic looks; you could tell by their faces that they were sorry that hey couldn’t offer some kind of transport ; the conspicuous yellow star spoke for itself.”
  • They family had to wear lost of cloth layers because they looked suspicious with a suitcase full of clothes.
  • Anne had to leave her family cat behind.
  • Her father and her spent 2 days cleaning up the annex

————————————————————————————–(pages – 26-36)    Book questions:

  1. the frank family and the van danns moved in together.
  2.  Annes relationship with her father is an active one helping others before themselves and always on the move.
  3.  She is intrigued by peter.- and will later on develop a strong liking for him.
  4. strict, to the point, and organised.
  5. Magorie is the family cat, Anne is sad because she had to give it to the neighbors.

Anne franks diary -page 8

Things Jew’s were not allowed to do;

  • required to wear a yellow star
  • forbidden to go to places of entertainment
  • forbidden to go to non-Jewish hairdressers and beauty salons
  • can’t be out on the streets between 8 pm to 6 am
  • not allowed to use their cars or go in others
  • can’t use bicycles or go on trams.
  • could only go to Jewish schools
  • can only go shopping between 3-5 pm
  • can’t go to Christians homes

Anne’s diary – Part 5- English- WW2

Read the entry written by Anne on the 8 November 1943 again (pg. 144).

Anne writes,

“If you were to read all my letters in one sitting, you’d be struck by the fact that they were written in a variety of moods”

  1. What different “moods”  have you detected? Provide a quote from the diary that could illustrate each mood.

My responses:

  • “I simply can’t imagine the world will be normal again for us. I do tlak about “after the war”, but it’s as if I were talking about a castle in the air, something that can never come true” – Anne Frank
  • desperation
  • depression
  • Fear
  • cowardice
  • danger
  • hope

“At night in bed I see myself alone in a dungeon, without Father and Mother.” 

    2.  How does Anne feel at this point in time? Does Anne believe that the war will end? 

  • She believes that the cost of the war will be great and while she might survive her parents are more likely to die in the process. Losing someone that she holds dear to her heart is what she fears the outcome will hold, if the war were to end.

Glass explosions – Poetry

Glass explosions :


Danielle Parrish (c) 2016


My heart turns into stone as I leap for your throne

Glass explosions through my heart,

Shards that  pierce through your darkness.

Turning tables as the day breaks, solar flares escape.

My light breaks through your shadow bringing new dawn to an everlasting night of storms.


I fall to my knees as you counter your attacks towards me, the glass explosion igniting your kingdom as i bring it all down

Start anew with a queen at the crown.

Anne Frank and the people in the annex – part 4- English

Otto Frank- the father, was apart of the German army in ww1

Anne Frank- Dreamed about being an actress, former school girl

Edith Frank- Starved to death, Mother to the two Frank girls.

Margot Frank- also had a diary but it was never recovered, big sister to Anne frank

Herman van pells- father of peter, husband of Auguste

Auguste van pells- also known as “the nutter”

Peter van pells- Peter is born on 8 November 1926 in Osnabrück, near the Dutch border. He has no brothers or sisters. he is also Annes crush at the time, as described in her writings.

Fritz Pferffer-  was born on April 30, 1889, in Giessen (Germany). His parents are Jewish and have a clothing store in the centre of the city.