Many have heard about Anne Frank and the journal she held while she was in hiding. She is probably one of the most famous victims of the Holocaust. That diary, later printed as a book named “The diary of a young girl” thanks to the diligence of her father, sold millions of copies worldwide.
Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1929 to Otto and Edith Frank. Although she had German citizenship, she lost it in 1941, long after she and her family had moved to Amsterdam. They moved to the Netherlands in 1933, during that year the Nazis took control of Germany. In 1940, Anne and her family got trapped in Amsterdam because of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Trying to save their lives, in 1942, they hid in several concealed rooms that existed in the building where her father worked.
While they were in hiding, Anne Frank started keeping a diary. In it she wrote about her relationships with the members of her family. While they were hiding the Frank sisters continued their studies, hoping to return to school one day. Moreover, their relationship became warmer and they started confiding in each other. In her diary, Anne revealed that she wished to become a journalist one day.
Unfortunately, the girl would never be able to go back to school and study in order to achieve her dream. In 1944, after an informer leaked the information of the Frank family’s hiding place, they were arrested. They were later taken to the Westerbork transit camp. In September, the Frank sisters and their mother were taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp, in the women’s barracks, while their father was sent to the men’s barracks, from which he was ultimately saved in 1945 by the Soviet troupes.
In October, Anne and her sister were sent to Bergen-Belsen. Their mother was left behind and later died of starvation. In 1945, mere weeks before the camp was liberated by the British troops, both sisters died of typhus.
Otto Frank, the sole survivor of the family, published his daughter’s diary in 1950. A museum dedicated to Anne Frank was created in Amsterdam, in the house were they had hidden for such a long time. There, her original diary can still be seen. Do visit Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam when you have the chance: it tells a story that needs to be shared further.
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