Anne Frank 90th Birth Anniversary: Anne Frank, the name is much familiar among the 90s kids. Her book ‘The diary of a young girl’ could be found at least on the one sack of any school library. She is one of the most influential and widely read writers up to the 20th century.
Though her book depicts the years of the Holocaust where the Nazis systematically murdered six million Jews, as well as five million Roma, Sinti, priests, nuns, people with disabilities, homosexuals, and political prisoners, people especially, kids have been audacious enough to read her book.
Today, we celebrate her 90th birth anniversary. On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday. Within a few years, she would have died in a concentration camp, but her diary survived.
Her family moved to Amsterdam and started living in concealed hiding from the Nazis in July that year. But Frank continued to write regularly in her diary, up until her family was arrested and sent to concentration camps after an informant gave them away.
On August 4, 1944, after 25 months in hiding, Anne Frank along with others were discovered by the Gestapo, the German secret state police, who had learned about the hiding place from an anonymous tipster.
After their arrest, the Franks, Van Pels, and Fritz Pfeffer were sent by the Gestapo to Westerbork, a holding camp in the northern Netherlands. From there, in September 1944, the group was transported by freight train to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination and concentration camp complex in German-occupied Poland.
Anne and Margot Frank were spared immediate death in the Auschwitz gas chambers and instead were sent to Bergen-Belsen, a concentration camp in northern Germany. In February 1945, the Frank sisters died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen and their bodies were thrown into a mass grave.
On Anne Frank’s 90th birthday, we are sharing with you some inspirational quotes by the holocaust victim:
- In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
- We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
- I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength, and plenty of courage.
- Women should be respected as well! Generally speaking, men are held in great esteem in all parts of the world, so why shouldn’t women have their share? Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers?
- It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.
- What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.
- Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
- I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.
- Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.
- Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness.
- There’s only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and forget everybody else! It sound egotistical, but it’s actually the only cure for those suffering from self-pity.
- The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!