Her wisdom at such a young age is nothing short of remarkable. Her hopeful outlook on life continues to inspire young and old here in America and throughout the world. Anyone who reads her diary or hears her story is never the same again.
Anne Frank was born in Germany but went on to live around Amsterdam in the Netherlands. As the Nazi’s tightened their stranglehold outside Germany, Anne and her family became trapped in Amsterdam, unable to leave. With the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, persecution of Jews increased and, in 1942, Anne and her family had go into hiding. They were able to find refuge in rooms hidden behind a bookcase in the building Anne’s where Anne’s father worked. From 1942-1944 Anne’s kept a diary which chronicled her time in hiding and also shared her poignant, extraordinary philosophy on the world and our place in it. It is still considered one of the most important non-fiction works ever written. It is heartbreaking yet uplifting; tragic yet inspiring. Once read, Anne’s voice can never be forgotten.
Anne’s family was discovered and arrested in 1944 and transported to concentration camps. Anne’s father Otto was the sole survivor of the family. When he returned to Amsterdam after the war, he learned that Anne’s precious diary had been saved by a helper at the business. A few years later it was published capturing the Holocaust from a perspective never before experienced. Anne’s writings have been the basis for several plays and movies. Her incredible worldview and loving spirit makes her death as a young teenager all the more tragic but her spirit continues to be kept alive through exhibits such as Anne Frank: A History For Today.