Sunday, 8 January 2012

Inspirational People: Anne Frank

(Images from weheartit.)

This post is not really that fashion inspired but it is inspirational. Anne Frank's diary is probably the most famous diary in the world. Many teenage girls keep diaries: I write about my days from time to time. However, not every teenage girl has experienced being a Jew hiding in a country governed by Nazis. Millions of people have been inspired by this one diary by this one young girl. Nowadays many diaries have turned online in the form of blogs. As Anne Frank once shared her hopes and dreams we share our's today on our blogs. Although at first Anne's diary was not supposed to be shared with the world and blogs our. I certainly would not like someone sharing my diary with the world; I struggle to think of anything much more embarrassing! 

So, you probably already knew who Anne Frank was and if not then we have just established that in the above paragraph. Anyway, she was born in Germany in 1929 but then when the Nazis came into power in 1933, they moved to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Anne was four. Two years later, World War Two broke out and the Nazis started to invade each European country one by one and in 1940 when Anne was eleven, they invaded the Netherlands. Here is an extract from Anne's diary explaining the harsh, Anti-Semitic Nazi laws:

“After May 1940…the trouble started for the Jews. Jews were required to wear a yellow star; Jews were required to turn-in their bicycles; Jews were forbidden to ride trams or in cars, even their own…Jews were forbidden to go to theatres, cinemas or any other forms of entertainment; Jews were forbidden to use swimming pools, tennis courts, hockey fields or any other athletic fields…”                                                                                    20 June 1942

Anne received her famed red checked diary from her parents for her 13th birthday, her first birthday in hiding, where they spent over two more years until being taken to the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in north western Germany. She died in March 1945 (aged 15), just a month before British troops liberated the camp. The fact that this story has such a tragic ending is perhaps why it has touched so many people. Out of her family, only her father survived and he lived to publish the diary. Another reason why her diary has been so successful is because of the quality of writing in there. It was a beacon of hope and it demonstrates how even in the most dire of situation we can still have hope and that recurring message is a constant inspiration.

Of course, we cannot have an inspirational person post without a section dedicated to quotes and seeing as this girl kept a whole diary filled with them it is not difficult to find some. Now I leave you with these reflective lovelies in loving memory of Anne Frank:

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

“Because paper has more patience than people. ” 

“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.” 

“I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” 

“People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn't stop you from having your own opinion.” 

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I saw her house earlier this year when I went to Amsterdam ad it was very moving. I was inspired by her when I was 10 and started to write a diary. Now I'm 23 and I am still going. I've gone through about 20 notebooks in that time and I've kept them all in a box together. It's amazing reading through them and having this comprehensive, no-holds-barred document of most of my life.



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