An act of utter bewilderment occurred across various libraries in Japan’s Capital Tokyo as more than 200 copies of the critically acclaimed book, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank; a teenager who became the face of the Jewish victims at the German concentration camps, was vandalized at 31 public libraries. Anne Frank started writing at the age of 13 had written the diary while she was hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam during the time of Hitler Rule.
The diary begins “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.” Here are 7 things about Anne Frank and her diary.
Anne Frank wrote the diary while hiding from the Nazis
The diary, gifted to the 13 year old Anne Frank was her journal and friend that stayed with her through the hard and rough times. Anne Frank intended to be a writer and this book was her initiation to her dream.
Letters to Kitty
While sharing every significant detail about her life, she wrote them in the form of letters to ‘Kitty’. This is the reason people easily relate to and understand the book. There are still divided thoughts as to who inspired the name Kitty, while some believe it was her prewar friend, others believe that she borrowed the name from her favorite book sires.
It’s a teenager’s confessions
While the book has some representations and recounting of the suffering of the Jews in Hitler’s rule, the book is not just about it. The book revolves around the adolescent mind of the young teenager and a few parts where she expresses curiosity over her anatomy.
During the time of war, Anne and her family went into hiding along with the Van Pels Family. They hid in a secret annex along with a man named Fritz Pfeffer. Of the eight people who went into hiding, only one survived.
Anne Frank died at the young age of 15 at a Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. She had already lost her mother to starvation and her sister to typhus. She believed her father to be dead and lost her life to typhus.
Otto Frank is Anne Frank’s father. He survived his imprisonment in Auschwitz and returned to Amsterdam after the war and tried to discover the whereabouts of his family. He soon learned of their tragic deaths.
Miep Gies was one of the Dutch citizen who helped the Franks in hiding. He collected Anne’s diaries and other papers from the annex and returned it to Otto Frank. After going through the diaries, Otto submitted them for publication thereby fulfilling Anne’s dream of becoming a writer.
These vandals have come as an utter shock to millions of people as they have particularly targeted and revolved around this book itself. While the police are still investigating the matter and the books are being moved to safer locations for protections.
By Aishwarya Krishnan