Jewish schoolgirl Anne Frank famously journaled her experience of the two years she spent hiding from the Nazis during World War 11, in a cramped ‘secret annex’ with her family and a few family friends.
Eventually discovered, they were all deported to concentration camps and Anne perished at Bergen-Belsen aged 15, tragically just missing the camp’s liberation. Witnesses from the camps she lived in described her as courageous and kind.
Anne’s diary was uncovered after the war by her surviving father and became an internationally best-selling book – Eleanor Roosevelt described it as “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war and its impact on human beings that I have ever read”.
The pages of her diary turned Anne Frank into one of the most enduring and heartbreaking symbols of the holocaust. May the memory and the words of this gregarious, bright little girl never be forgotten.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world”