The Freedom Writers Diary

The Freedom Writers Diary

by

Erin Gruwell

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Hanneli (“Lies”) Character Analysis

One of Anne Frank’s two best friends, Lies was sent to Bergen-Belsen, the same concentration camp as Anne. At the camp, she tries to send food to Anne across a barbed wire fence, risking her own life in the process. However, unlike Anne, she is able to survive and tell her story. She impresses the Freedom Writers with her courage and devotion to her friend, demonstrating her willingness to commit to high principles of generosity and care even in the most harrowing circumstances.
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Hanneli (“Lies”) Character Timeline in The Freedom Writers Diary

The timeline below shows where the character Hanneli (“Lies”) appears in The Freedom Writers Diary. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part VI: Diary 67
Education and Healing Theme Icon
Violence, War, and Death  Theme Icon
When the class meets Anne Frank’s best friends, Jopie and Lies, this student feels guilty for not having volunteered to sing a song for them, even... (full context)
Education and Healing Theme Icon
Violence, War, and Death  Theme Icon
When this student hears Jopie and Lies’s stories of courage and friendship, she feels guilty for not having dared to sing to... (full context)