“I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”
On 12th June, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany, a little girl by the name Annelies Marie Frank was born. She was a writer and a diarist who lived in the Dark Age of Germany and died in 1945 after her short lived life.
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
Her mother was Edith and farther was Otto Frank who was a businessman in Germany and Netherlands. She had a sister by the name Magrot. Her village was calm and a quiet place but it remained very short period like that. When Hitler became the leader of Germany, the Frank family was moved to Netherlands. She attended Montessori school in Amsterdam in 1934. She had friends of various nationalities Dutch, German, Jewish and more. But their happiness vanished when Nazi troops came to Poland in 1939. Dutch surrendered in 1940.
On 12th June, 1942, Anne was given a diary by her parents for her 13th birthday. She started writing diaries after that incident. She had imagined a friend called ‘kitty’ to address. As Margot received an official letter informing them to meet by Nazi work camp in Germany, Frank family went to live in Otto’s office room and they used it as a secret annex, they spent two years hiding in that dark place. Frank used to write diaries daily to get rid of loneliness. Writing diaries helped her keep sanity and spirits. She wrote another notebook with quotes of her favorite authors, true stories and started novel on her secret annex life. Writing developed her emotional depth, wisdom, tolerance and creativity.
By bad luck, some people betrayed them by giving out secret information of their where about; they were captured by German secret police on 4th August, 1944. They were first sent to a concentration camp, Westerbork in Netherland on 8th August, 1944 then they were later transferred to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland on 3rd September, 1944. Then Nazis separated Otto and females in the family. After working as hard labors for months, Anne and Margot were transferred to Bergen-Belsen camp in Germany without their mother. There were lesser food, many diseases, and very little sanitation. Both Sisters suffered from Typhus and died one after the other in two consecutive days in 1945. Anne was just 15 then.
After the capture of Nazis by the English soldiers, Otto came to find his daughters, but encountered bad news of their demise. Finally he found Anne’s diary in Amsterdam and surprisingly saw her maturity in feelings. The diary was published as a book on 25th June, 1947 and was in 67 languages afterwards. That diary was a mirror of Anne’s thinking, a story of love, hope and faith in front of cruel war.
“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”“If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly by the hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.”