“Not being able to go outside upsets me more than I can say and I’m terrified our hiding place will be discovered and that we’ll be shot”
– Anne Frank in her Diary
Over a million copies of this book have been sold worldwide and till date this book is considered to be one of the most brilliant commentary on the Holocaust and World War 2. A real account of actual events, of troubled times and the worst massacres humanity has ever faced, Anne’s diary would move you. She gives us a glimpse into her life, the people around her, life in confinement and growing up as a young teen with a war raging outside.
It is 1942
It is the time of war, holocaust and the Nazis, when Jews across Germany are tormented. It is in this year, the Frank Jewish family decides to go into hiding into what they call the “Secret Annexe”. For young Anne Frank, the youngest daughter of Otto Frank, this is to be her home for the next two years. At that time, none of the inmates are aware what their outcome would be, or how long they would have to be in confinement. They live together, sharing the darkness of their lives, fearful of being discovered.
Two years of confinement
Two years in hiding, Young Anne matures, shows great courage for her age, and grows from the chirpy girl to a strong and more composed young woman. She was extraordinary in many a ways. She realizes the grim situation of their lives, yet tries to remain optimistic to find answers to life’s problems. Over the two years in confinement, Anne’s changing personality is reflected in her diary entries. She becomes a keen observer of human nature and a more practical individual.
The discovery and the end
After being in the Secret Annexe for a little over two years, the family is discovered by the Nazis. Anne is taken to a concentration camp, with all her family and the Van Daans (who stayed in confinement with them for the entire duration). She died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen a few days after her sister, Margot died in the concentration camp.
Her diary was discovered by her father years after the war, and had it published along with a memorial in her name. The pages from her Anne Frank’s diary speak of a mind that’s far mature for her age. And probably that’s why Anne’s story lives on till date.
This post is a part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge where I write about twenty six women characters from books, who have left an impact on me. You can read the previous posts here- Women in Books