Anne Frank’s Diary
Seventy-five years ago on June 12, 1942, Anne Frank receives a diary for her 13th birthday. Like any typical teenager, she records her thoughts, feelings, hopes, dreams, and daily events. What makes her diary extraordinary is that Anne wrote the entries while hiding with her family and four others from the Nazis for two years during WWII. Tragically Anne and the others are eventually discovered and deported. Her mother, Edith, dies in Auschwitz. Anne and her sister, Margot, die at Bergen-Belsen. Her father, Otto, survives, and he makes it his mission to share Anne’s words with the world. Her diary is published on June 25, 1947.
Anne Frank’s Words
Anne’s words do not require an explanation. Anyone of any faith can find meaning and inspiration from them. Here are her words and how I find inspiration and meaning from them.
Anne : “I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” (April 5, 1944)
My Inspiration: I challenge myself with this first question – How can I bring enjoyment to all people? The second question – After I die, how will I be remembered? The final question – How can I make a difference with my family, my community, my country, and my world?
Anne : “But where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.” (June 6, 1944)
My Meaning: The most important meaning for me from reading Anne’s words is at life’s crossroads, I should look for hope so that I have the courage and strength to continue my journey in life. I usually find hope in the many Catholic prayers I have learned over the years and praying the rosary.
Anne : “…in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” (July 15, 1944)
The Meaning for Me: The takeaway for me is first, I will look for the goodness in people. Second, I will love my neighbor unconditionally.
More Words from Anne Frank
Anne: “I’ve found that there is always some beauty left in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you. Look at these things, then you find yourself again, and God, and then you regain your balance.” (March 7, 1944)
My Inspiration: These words inspire me to first look for the beauty in nature. After all, God creates nature, and in finding the beauty, nature will always bring me back to Him. Second, I will thank God for my many blessings, including my freedom. God bless the USA.
Anne : “Later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I feel like writing.” (June 20, 1942)
How These Words Inspire Me: I hope you are interested in the musings of this over fifty writer. Anne’s words inspire me, and I hope this blog and Anne’s words help you to find inspiration and meaning in your life.
Anne Frank – Recommended Reading and Viewing
Book: If you haven’t read Anne Frank’s diary, read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.
Website: My favorite site to visit is the Anne Frank Museum Amsterdam – The Official Anne Frank House. I would love to visit the Anne Frank House someday.
Play Script: The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett – LOVE!
Movies: The Diary of Anne Frank, Starring Millie Perkins and The Diary of Anne Frank, Starring Melissa Gilbert