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Anne Frank’s Story, The Diary That Survived the Holocaust

Anne Frank is known for her famous diaries from the Holocaust which are filled with many emotional memories. Anne went into hiding, was captured, and died during WWII. She would not be known today if it were not for her father Otto Frank, who published Anne’s diary.

Before the tragic events of the holocaust, Anne lived a normal teenage life. She was born into an upper-class Jewish family in Frankfurt, Germany. When the Nazis started to implement their policies, Otto decided to leave Germany and move to Amsterdam. He started his business called the “Dutch Opekta Company.” During this time, as the Nazis became more aggressive, Jews were taken to concentration camps and treated inhumanely. The treatment from Nazis became so harsh that the Franks, alongside four other friends, went into hiding. They hid above Otto’s business, called the annexe, with the help of other friends. Two weeks before going into hiding, Anne turned 13, and was gifted her diary, “Kitty.”

In Anne’s diary, she wrote about her experience in the annexe and her daily life. She talked about how careful they had to be when making noise, because any small noise would give their hiding place away. The diary contains short stories, fairy tales, essays, and the beginning of a novel. Anne loved writing; she dreamed of becoming a famous journalist. When she heard that any documents would be kept as a record, she started revising her diary.

On August 4, 1944, the annexe was searched by the Nazis, which meant that the Franks had been betrayed. Nazis arrested the people who helped them and were then released. The Franks were all transported to Auschwitz, but separated by gender. Otto Frank was the only family member who survived. Both Anne and her sister Margot died due to typhoid fever. Otto went back to the annexe and was given his daughter's diary by Miep Gies, who helped the Franks and his other four friends hide during the Holocaust.

After reading, Otto initially did not want to publish his daughter's diary because it was a painful experience. He then remembered his daughter had a dream of becoming famous, so he realized publishing the diary was the right thing to do. In 1947, in the Netherlands, the first edition of the diary, “The Secret Annexe '' was published; afterwards, it became a play. It was published in 67 different languages. The house where the family hid became an educational museum.

Museums hold a lot of history about the past, and through them we are able to picture what it was like back then. The Frank house, which is a museum today, is a good example that can be used to reflect on what many people went through during the Holocaust. The Holocaust was a tragic period of history that should not be erased and should be taught in school. Stories such as Anne Frank’s remind us of a history that must be acknowledged and understood to ensure that these atrocities never repeat themselves.

[Source: Women Who Changed The World]

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