I was six years old when my my mom bought me Anne Frank’s diary. I remember that I didn’t fully comprehend the reason why she and her family were hiding during the war, but I always said I wanted to keep a diary just like her.
When in Amsterdam, visiting Anne Frank’s house is a must. I couldn’t visit Amsterdam and not go to Anne Frank’s house. So this is the first thing I did as soon as I arrived. Before my trip, I felt the need to read her diary. When Anne Frank started writing her diary she was only 13 years old. Like any teenager, her diary at first talked about her friends, school, hobbies and her life before hiding. Later on, her diary entries describe what she did to prepare to go into hiding and her experiences during her time in “The Secret Annex”.
Reading the diary gave me an insight of her feelings and thoughts during the war, but once I visited her house (which is now a museum) I truly understood the fear and anxiety she felt during all the time she was in hiding. I can’t imagine not being able to go outside a room for nearly three years, not being able to talk loudly, not being able to see outside the window etc.
Inside the museum, there’s still remains of the photos of magazines she posted in her room to make it more cheerful, the books she read during this time, some of her belongings and, much importantly, her actual diary.
Also, I was able to see the official documents of their arrest and files of their transfers to the concentration camps each of them were assigned. Lastly, her father’s testimonial. When Otto Frank found his daughter’s diary, it took him a long time to read it. He couldn’t believe that his teenage daughter had such deep thoughts. For him, this side of Anne was unrecognizable.
Here’s a recollection of my favorite quotes from her diary:
“I’ve learned one thing: you only get to know a person after a fight. Only then can you judge their true character!”
“Which of the people here would suspect that so much is going on in the mind of a teenage girl?”
“The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be alone, alone with the sky, nature and God”
“I firmly believe that nature can bring comfort to all who suffer”
” A person who’s happy will make other happy”
“My greatest gift is to be a journalist, and later on, a famous writer”
And finally, my favorite one:
“Think of all the beauty still left behind you and be happy.”
Take a moment to think about it, this didn’t happen too long ago and it’s no much different from what is happening in the world today.
– The Fabulous Script