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Anne Frank

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If a single individual could be held up to “personify” the Holocaust, that person would be Anne Frank. On June 12th, 1942, Anne received a modest red-and-white-checkered, clothed covered diary for her 13th birthday. On that day, she wrote in neat schoolgirl hand: “I hope I shall be able to confide in you completely, as I have never been able to do in anyone before, and I hope that you will be a great support and comfort to me.”

Three weeks later, to escape an order of deportation to Germany, Anne and her family went into hiding. Their home for the next 25 months was a secret attic behind a bookcase at an old building at 263 Prinsengracht Street in Amsterdam (now renamed Annefrankhuis, and is a memorial to the 100,000 Dutch Jews who perished in concentration camps). Anne Frank retained both her diary and sunny look to life behind her confined quarters. Her ambition was to be a writer and she used her diary to deal with both the boredom and her youthful array of thoughts, which had as much to do with personal relationships as with the war and the Nazi terror raging outside.

On Tuesday, August 1st, 1944, Anne wrote her final entry in her faithfully kept diary. The hiding place that Otto Frank found for his family, the Van Pels family, and Fritz Pfeffer was raided by Nazi forces three days later. They were betrayed by Gestapo informers and its occupants were deported to Auschwitz. The Allied forces which had landed in Normandy two months before arrived too late to save the Franks. Anne died in Bergen-Belsen three months before her 16th birthday.

Her diary was discovered by friends, and published by her father, the only member of the family to survive. The Diary of a Young Girl, published in 1947, includes photos of Anne and the people she hid with, plus a map of the secret annex in the house on Prinsengracht. On the cover was the above haunting photograph taken by an automatic photovending machine in 1939. The simple photograph of Anne gazing away with wistful innocence into distant dreams that never materialized seems to be asking ‘why?’ to incomprehensible horrors unleashed by the Holocaust.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

January 22, 2010 at 4:45 am

Posted in Society, War

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  1. Don’t know if you saw this, but someone recently unearthed some video of Anne Frank. The scene containing her starts at 0:10 or so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEXuviihrrs


    January 23, 2010 at 5:14 am

  2. Check it out on google maps:

    Ahura Mazda

    January 26, 2010 at 11:03 pm

  3. I remember that photo well, from my own copy of Anne’s diary, which I’ve owned since I was 8 or so.

    What a shame that we’ve learnt so little from Anne…


    January 28, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    • well how ever u r i want to fight u bitch and then imma make u suck mii dick chock and die alright so gimme ur addres


      May 31, 2010 at 4:15 pm

      • Have you learned NOTHING????


        June 7, 2010 at 7:40 am

  4. Her diary was my favorite book. I love reading about the holicoust and all the stories. I went to the museum and cryed my lil heart out. 😦 Hitler was so mean to those people.


    April 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm

  5. she is cool


    May 10, 2010 at 11:46 pm

  6. Beautiful text … iconic photo.


    April 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    • she lived a horrible life por Anne Frank


      March 17, 2012 at 1:56 am

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