A Diary Preserves a Girl's History and Hardships

Anne Frank had a heartbreaking story that was immortalized through a diary that she kept during her short life.

Anne´s full name was Annelies Marie Frank. Annelies is know for her diary entries during World War II, when she and her family were forced into hiding. She was born on June 12th , 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. She was raised in an upper-class Jewish family for the first four years of her life. She dreamed of becoming a writer or journalist after the war ended. Sadly, she died of typhoid fever in March 1945 in a concenrtration camp in Bergen-Belsen, Germany. Since her death, Anne´s diary has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

On Anne´s 13th birthday she was given a diary, which she used to write about her experience. Her father gave her this gift after she saw it in a shop window and pointed it out. Three weeks after Anne´s birthday, she and her family had to hide as a result of Adolf Hitler becoming Chancellor of Germany who vowed to get rid of Jews. Anne hid for about 25 months cramped in a room above her father's buissness in the Netherlands with another family as well as her own. They had to stay silent during the day, since the smallest noises would give them away. Even though Anne could not go outside, because of the danger and the risk her family would be in if they were found, she still pursued her education. In her diary she continued to write about her daily life experiences during the war.

Today the hiding spot of this family has become known as The Anne Frank House. It also became a museum and international research center. The Diary of Anne Frank has been translated into 67 languages and is one of the most widely read books in the world. Even though Anne never learned how her diary impacted other people, she still acomplished her dream of becoming a writter.

[Source: Women Who Changed the World]