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“I Still Believe, in Spite of Everything, That People Are Really Good at Heart.”

On July 6, 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in the back office and warehouse of her father’s business. The tale of the 13-year-old and her diary is familiar: for some two years, the Franks and four other Jews lived confined to the “secret annex.” While non-Jewish friends, including Miep Gies, smuggled in food and other supplies, Anne chronicled her daily life. The Gestapo discovered the annex in August 1944, and sent all inhabitants to concentration camps. Only Otto survived, and, in 1947, he published Anne’s diary. Precocious in style and insight, it traces her emotional growth amid adversity.
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Planet Earth contains some extraordinarily diverse environments, some of which are easily habitable and some not so much. In different areas of Earth, one might find sweltering deserts, dense tropical rainforests, or bone-chilling tundras. Each biome and habitat comes with its own selection of flora and fauna, and it may include physical features such as canyons, volcanoes, rivers, or caves. Human beings have built homes in many different environments, settling the area and organizing it into units such as cities, states, regions, and countries, each with its own points of interest. Shifting trends in human migration have resulted in a human geography that is profoundly different from that of centuries ago.
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