"It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.
It’s utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering and death. I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more"
- July 15, 1944
Me, My daughter and The Diary of Anne Frank
I had the chance to read the Diary of Anne Frank in high school. I was a member of my school’s Readers’ Club and our adviser assigned the book for me to read and share my insights with my club mates. I can still see the expressions on their faces while I was relating to them what I read. It was as if it opened their minds to the reality of the fear and the hardships that war brings to people. Born during the modern times and living in an island far from the city, we were used to the quiet and blissful island life. The Diary of Anne Frank taught me about positive attitude and strong character which surely is a big plus when facing hardships in life.
When my daughter told me that she was asked to read the book, I asked her what she thought about it and she just said, “I think you should read my poem”. And the poem says it all. I am really happy because I know that my daughter has learned something from the book. She may not have said it all but I know in my heart that the poem has made her more compassionate and caring of the people around her. Like what happened to me after i have read it, she is now more appreciative of everything that God has blessed her with.
1. Anne originally used pseudonyms for the people she wrote about I her diary. Her original choice for her pseudonym was Anne Aulis but later changed it to Anne Aulis but Otto Frank decided to use her and the whole family’s real name when it came time to publish the book.
2. In almost all published versions of the diary, each entry starts with “Dear Kitty.” But in the original diary, Anne sometimes wrote names (Pop, Phien, Emmy, Jetty, Loutje and Jackie) which were believed to be taken from a series of popular Dutch books written by Cissy Van Marxveldt. These names appeared on entries dating September 25, 1942 to November 13, 1942.
3. The diary was really an autograph album. She got it as a gift for her 13th birthday and she immediately wanted to use it as a diary. Although she originally wanted the diary to be private, she decided to have it published after she heard the speech made by the then Dutch Cabinet Minister on the radio about the need for ordinary documents to be brought together to be able to tell the story of their struggle for freedom. “Anne rewrote her diary in loose sheets of paper, shortening some of the entries and lengthening others (Rosenberg, n.d.)”. She also made some clarifications in situations that she wrote, addressed all her entries to Kitty and created a list of pseudonyms. But she was not able to rewrite the entire diary because she was arrested and the last entry that she was able to rewrite was March 29, 1944.
4. The red-and-white-checkered autograph album was not the only diary that Anne had. The last entry in this notebook was December 5, 1942. Two other notebooks were found, one contained entries that began on December 22, 1943 up to April 17, 1944 while the second began from April 17, 1944 until right before her arrest on August 4, 1944.
5. “Those around Anne Frank saw her as a bubbly, vivacious, talkative, perky and funny girl. (Rosenberg, n.d.)” …But she became depressed and “on September 16, 1943, Anne admitted that she has started taking drops of valerian for her anxiety and depression”.
Rosenberg, Jennifer. (n.d.) 5 Things You Don’t Know About Anne Frank and Her Diary. Retrieved from http://history1900s.about.com/od/annefrank/a/5AnneFrank.htm.