Anne Frank: A Story Of True Resilience

Anne Frank turned her diary into a vehicle for reflection and reaffirmation in the midst of extremely difficult circumstances. Her work has been translated into 70 languages ​​and sold 35 million copies. Nelson Mandela even claimed that this diary had given him strength during his captivity.
Anne Frank: a story about real resilience

Anne Frank always dreamed of becoming a journalist and then a famous novelist. When she started writing her diary, she saw it as a future project.

She thought she could publish it after the war, when everything was back to normal. Unfortunately, things didn’t happen as she had envisioned. Her dream came true, but unfortunately she did not live it.

The Secret Annex is considered one of the most moving testimonies of all time. What makes it so special is the candor and innocence with which it describes the horror of war. Today it is one of the most widely read books in the world. It has a prominent place in UNESCO’s ‘Memory of the World Register’.

Anne Frank and her family had to hide in a small attic apartment to escape Nazi hatred. The captivity lasted a little over two years. Anne wrote her diary during this period. It’s a charming account of the life of a girl surrounded by a terrifying reality.

Leaf from Anne Frank's diary

The short life of Anne Frank

Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Her father Otto Frank served in the German army during World War I. He received the rank of lieutenant and an award for bravery: the Iron Cross. He then became a banker and in 1925 he married Edith Höllander.

The couple had two daughters: Margot in 1926 and Anne three years later. They were a traditional upper middle class Jewish family. When Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933 , the persecution of the Jews began. As a result, the family decided to move to Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.

In their new home, Otto Frank opened a shop that sold pectin and spices. Everything went well until 1942, when the Nazis had invaded the Netherlands. They also continue to persecute Jews here. The Dutch were the only Europeans to openly oppose this persecution, but their protests had little effect.

On the run from persecution

The situation of the Jews became increasingly tense. Otto Frank saw that the whole family was in grave danger. It would only be a matter of time before they were captured. So, with the help of colleagues, he prepared a shelter in the same building where his store was.

Next to it was another building, separated only by a courtyard. It had three floors and on the top floor there was a secret door leading to an attic. This in turn led to a small room with two small rooms and a bathroom.

Otto told his wife and eldest daughter about his plans, but Anne Frank knew nothing until it was time to go into hiding. This happened on July 9, 1942, three days after Margot, the eldest daughter, was told to report to the German authorities. This meant she would be arrested and deported.

Faced with this situation, Otto decided it was time for the family to go into hiding. They had to leave their house at night with all the clothes they could put on.

It was very dangerous to be seen with suitcases. They left their home, leaving a mess, with a casual note suggesting they fled to Switzerland.

Image in Amsterdam

Life in hiding

The family lived at their hiding place for the next two years. There was also another small family and a dentist. A total of eight people shared this shelter. Anne Frank managed to describe them all in depth and with great talent and to turn them into literary characters. 

In the diary she tells about all the characters and also about the tensions they had to face in the precarious situation in which they lived.

The refugees survived these two years thanks to the help of their Dutch friends, who provided them with food and kept them informed of all events. It was in this place that Anne had time to think about life, the world and even describe how she fell in love.

The End of Anne Frank

It all ended on August 4, 1944, when the family and the others were discovered during a routine inspection by Dutch Gestapo officials. The refugees were sent to a concentration camp. The Frank family was separated in Auschwitz.

In the end Anne was left alone with her sister. Both were sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. There, unfortunately, they both died of typhus.

The only survivor was Otto, Anne Frank’s father. When he returned to the hideout, looking for clues about his family, the Red Cross informed him that they had all died. It was then that they gave him Anne’s diary, which he knew nothing about.

As soon as he saw it, he knew it would be a document of great historical value. Two years later, he managed to get it published. Thus, the dream of his daughter, who had died at the age of 15, came true.

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