June 25, 1947: the first edition of ANNE FRANK's diary was published.
. * Our apologies for the typo on Anne’s name in the picture, unfortunately we can’t edit that
A diary is kinda young girl's best friend; a Keeper of the secrets and dreams, a journal of one's routine, full of fun anecdotes and some inspiring insights. It was no different for Annelies Marie Frank, whose diary would become the most important diary ever read around the world. .
Anne Frank, born in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 12, 1929, would became a world-famous jewish victim of the Holocaust during the World War II when her diary was published after her death in a concentration camp. .
Anne's father, Otto Frank, thought there was only one way they could survive the horrors of the war: fleeing the Nazi persecution of Jews by moving to Amsterdam. They stayed hidden for two years in a place they referred as The Secret Annex, helped by the extraordinary Miep Gies and her husband Jan Gies. It was during the times at the Aneex that the youngest member of the family started writing about her experiences, hopes and wishes. * We talked about Miep on the January 11th post. .
The girl wrote extensive daily entries in her notebook to pass the time in her confinement. Some of those betrayed the depth of despair into which she occasionally sunk during day: "I've reached the point where I hardly care whether I live or die," she wrote on February 3, 1944. "The world will keep on turning without me, and I can't do anything to change events anyway." The simple act of writing allowed her to maintain her sanity and her spirits. "When I write, I can shake off all my cares," she wrote on April 5, 1944.
Anne Frank's diary still endures and not only because of the remarkable events she described, but ultimately due to her extraordinary gift as a storyteller and her unexplainable hopeful spirit for a 15 years old girl going through the most horrific of circumstances. "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. (continues)