“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?…Women, who struggle and suffer pain to ensure the continuation of the human race, make much tougher and more courageous soldiers than all those big-mouthed freedom-fighting heroes put together!”
That there is a direct quote taken from “Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl,” which was published this day in 1947.
We all know of Anne Frank, the lyrical teen who was forced into hiding in World War 2 because of her Jewish ethnicity. She detailed the day-to-day experience of living with seven other people – only three of them family members – in an apartment that was less than 500 square feet.
Could you imagine?
I live in an apartment with MAD in twice that space and sometimes he and I get in each other’s way, and he even steps out for hours and days at a time once in awhile. I cannot name seven other living creatures that I would want to be cramped up with 24 hours a day, seven days a week for two years and one month.
Anne did not have to imagine it, she lived it from July 6, 1942 to August 4, 1944, and if the contents of her diary are any indication, she seldom complained. Instead, she focused on the good things in life. Through that she came up with gems like these:
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world,”
“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
It takes a special person.
It is still unknown who tipped the Nazi’s off to the where Anne and the others were hiding. After they were forced out of the apartment, family friends went through the rooms and discovered Anne’s diary. Anne died along with six of the others at a concentration camp in Poland in 1945. Her father survived, and was given the contents of Anne’s diary. Her last entry was August 1, 1944, three days before being captured.
He published an abridged version of her diary this day in 1947 under the title “Het Achterhuis,” Dutch for “The Back of the House,” which was where the apartment was (and still is) located in Amsterdam.
“The Diary of Anne Frank: The Critical Edition, prepared by the Netherlands State Institute for War Documentation” was published in 1989. The Institute verified the authenticity of Anne’s story, which some critics claimed was fabricated. Like anyone has that kind of imagination.
Last year, a mother in Michigan tried to have the unabridged version banned from her daughter’s middle school curriculum because Anne writes detailed accounts of entering puberty and her changing body. Fortunately the school board shot the request down. We think that it is quite remarkable that Anne, despite her desperate living situation, was able to be a normal teen-aged girl.
So glad you stopped by, xo, LMA
ADDENDUM: Because of my pub’s attempt to keep this post brief and informative, she inadvertently deleted the BEST part. Anne Frank referred to her diary as KITTY! She is just the best.
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