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Anne Frank (Holocaust)

Updated on December 28, 2017

“When I write,I can shake off all my cares”. This was written by a Jewish teenager and a world-famous German-born diarist, also a World War II Holocaust victim called ‘Annelies Marie (known as Anne Frank)’on April, 1944. She who was born on 12 June 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Anne Frank loved writing and wanted to become an author or a journalist someday. She wrote her first entry in a red checkered diary which was given by her parents on her 13th birthday. That same day, her first entry was addressed to an imaginary friend named Kitty: “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.” (Kitty was the name she gave to her diary as she didn’t really have a real friend so she thought of her diary as a friend. It also made the writing easier.)

She wrote on 3rd February, 1944, “I’ve reached the point where I hardly care whether I live or die, the world will keep on turning without me, and I can’t do anything to change events anyway.” The act of writing allowed Frank to maintain her sanity and her spirits.

Anne’s last entry was, “... Believe me, I'd like to listen, but it doesn't work,because if I'm quiet and serious, everyone thinks I'm putting on a new act andI have to save myself with a joke, and then I'm not even talking about my own family, who assume I must be ill, stuff me with aspirins and sedatives, feel my neck and forehead to see if I have a temperature, ask about my bowel movements and berate me for being in a bad mood, until I just can't keep it up any more,because when everybody starts hovering over me, I get cross, then sad, and finally end up turning my heart inside out, the bad part on the outside and the good part on the inside, and keep trying to find a way to become what I'd like to be and what I could be if ... if only there were no other people in the world."

She wrote all her experiences (including the ones stated above) in the renowned work ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ also known as ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’. It is a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. For two years, they lived in a secret attic apartment behind the office of the family-owned business at 263 Prinsengracht Street, which Anne referred as the Secret Annexin her diary. The diary received widespread critical and popular attention on the appearance of its English language translation Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Doubleday & Company (United States)and Valentine Mitchell (United Kingdom) in 1952. The book is included in several lists of the top books of the 20th century.


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      Alveera Randhawa 2 months ago

      Dear Mactavers,

      Thank you for giving an advice. I hope you will see some changes in the upcoming articles.

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      mactavers 2 months ago

      You might want to let your readers know that the secret place where Anne and her family were hidden can be toured in Amsterdam.