HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Anne Frank, born 12 June 1929
“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”
I will never forget my first reading of Anne’s diary – I could not put it down. I was left with such a sense of despair at her fate, wondering what she might have gone on to write had she survived the Nazis.
The first edition of her journal was censored – her father wanted some more personal thoughts and comments removed. But the unexpurgated edition of her diary has now been published – this includes her thoughts on sexuality and her changing body which were left out of the original publication. And there are lots of books about Anne’s life, before and after the time spent in hiding. Or you might enjoy reading her Takes from the Secret Annexe – the short stories she wrote while in hiding.
Anne Frank’s birthday should be celebrated and remembered in the hopes that persecution of one race or religion can be stopped for good. Sometimes a personal story such as Anne’s can have far more effect than figures and statistics.
12 June is also the birthday of English writer Charles Kingsley, best known as the author of the Victorian novel The Water Babies.
Anne Frank died in February or March 1945, aged 15 in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Lower Saxony, Germany.
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