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10 Reasons to Love: Anne Frank

12th Jun 2015

10 Reasons to Love: Anne Frank
Image: annefrank.org.uk
Anne Frank’s 'Diary of A Young Girl' is one of literature's landmark texts. Her diary documents her life in the Netherlands under Nazi occupation, from 12th June 1942 to 1st August 1944. The diary, which was given to Anne on her thirteenth birthday, chronicles her life and the English translation was first published in 1952. Here are Francesca Baker's 10 reasons to love Anne Frank, the most famous diarist of all time.

1. She was a strong woman. 

Her diary remains a staple text in primary and secondary schools within the UK and worldwide. It is a reminder to young girls that they can be heard, and that their words carry weight. Anne had hopes for the future and did not see that her gender should hold her back: 

If I don’t have the talent to write books or newspaper articles, I can always write for myself. But I want to achieve more than that. I can’t imagine living like Mother, Mrs. van Daan and all the women who go about their work and are then forgotten. (March 28th 1944)

2. She did not give up. 

Despite a brutal, terrifying, traumatic and murderous experience, she writes with strength and determination, and offers inspiration.

3. She loved words. 

Anne used the power of words and writing to help her through a distressing time. As inspiration to read, write and journal, she is one of the most recognised individuals we have. Writing with excitement of the present she received for her thirteenth birthday, she said: The nicest part is being able to write down all my thoughts and feelings, otherwise I‘d absolutely suffocate.

‘I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.’

4. She had goals – and achieved them. 

I want to go on living even after my death! (March 28th 1944)

Her words have let this happen and created a legacy.

5. She was authentic.

A wartime teenage girl who liked boys and pretty things, but who was sometimes mean about her sister and moaned about her parents. Anne wrote in slightly precocious tones at times, with apparent exploration of her own body and masturbation. This is unapologetically her diary.

The_Diary_of_a_Young_Girl_at_the_Anne_Frank_Zentrum

6. She teaches us. 

Her diary introduced many to the experiences lived by the Jewish population during WWII and educates individuals to the atrocities undertaken by the Nazis. It provides a tool for trying to understand the impact upon people and their daily lives rather than just as an abstraction on the theatre of war.

7. She appreciates the small things. 

Living in the moment and positivity were qualities that Anne possessed in abundance. She says: ‘I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.’ 

8. She has a museum dedicated to her. 

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is one of Europe’s key attractions, and an educating experience.

9. And a comic book.

anne frank comic

We love comics!

10. She learned from her mistakes.

What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again. – Anne Frank