This activity includes short one page articles about how WWII began and how Hitler came to power. There is also an article about Anne Frank and why her family needed to go into hiding. I use this with my Diary of Anne Frank Unit. The articles are from the Holocaust Encyclopedia online and are full of information but not so lengthy that students don't understand the content.
Along with the articles there are a few questions for each section. Students can work on this independently, whole group, or in partners. I use this as a pre-reading activity and use it as a base for a discussion for why the Frank had to hide and why this is important.