Happy Birthday, Anne Frank!

“Just imagine how forgetful I’ll be when I’m eighty!”

May 11th, 1944.

June 12th happens to be the eightieth birthday of one of the most well-known diarists in history: Anne Frank.

Have you ever imagined what she might have looked like when she grew up, or what she would have become? Would she have been a writer, as she’d pondered in her diary, if only she could write well enough?

April 5th, 1944

I finally realized that I must do my schoolwork to keep from being ignorant, to get on in life, to become a journalist, because that’s what I want! I know I can write …, but it remains to be seen whether I really have talent …

And 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. I need to have something besides a husband and children to devote myself to! … I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I’m so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s inside me! When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But, and that’s a big question, will I ever be able to write something great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer?

Anne Frank 

Anne’s diary remains one of the most well-read books in the world, second only to the Bible.

And to think a publisher once rejected the diary with these words:

“The girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the ‘curiosity’ level.”

Click this link to see an age progressed photograph: Anne Frank at 80.

What was Anne’s full name? Annelies Marie Frank, born June 12th, 1929, in Frankfurt, Germany.

 

Anne and her mother.

Anne and Edith Frank.

(Photos courtesy of the Anne Frank House Museum.)

For information on Anne’s birthday celebration events, or to subscribe to the Museum’s newsletter:

Click here: Anne Frank Museum Amsterdam – the official Anne Frank House website
You could also write Anne a note or leave her your own birthday wishes:
  Anne Frank Tree – An Interactive Monument.   
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13 Responses

  1. Thanks for posting this. I read the the diary when I was fifteen and it really affected me. A great story, though terribly sad at the end.

  2. You’re welcome, Lawrence. : ) Thanks for stopping by and for your comment!

    I read the diary at age ten and was profoundly moved. I plan to read the more complete version in the near future — I’ve already ordered the book, and I’m just waiting to receive it.

    I remember, by the end, wishing I could change things — bring her back, or, “rewrite” her real-life ending; and how, already interested in writing, reading her diary cemented that intent of mine.

    It’s so, so difficult to integrate such a pointless death — any pointless death, really. But, the death of a child, and symbolically, the death of such potential, is even harder to bear.

    Em

  3. Em,

    This post makes me think about that part in your novel. You know the one I mean. Always makes me smile.

    I also read her diary for the first time when I was nine or ten.

    RIP, Anne.

  4. I saw a television drama (UK) about seven years ago that covered events, including to where Anne is taken to a concentration camp. Here, she is briefly reunited with one of her school friends and they share food through a fence. It’s all so poignant and moving – upsetting too, considering the ending. I don’t think I could watch it again.

  5. Hey Tasha — I know the part you mean, lol. And I may add another. : )

    Happy Birthday, Anne Frank!

    When I first read the diary, I thought her name was pronounced the American way — Anne. However, in reality, her name is short for Annelies — and she was called Anna Frank — sounding like Onna — her full name shortened.

    That really mattered to me, to know her actual name and how it was pronounced.

    Em

  6. Hey Lawrence.

    Your description of the Anne Frank story is, I believe, the movie titled Anne Frank: The Whole Story, with Ben Kingsley and Hannah Taylor-Gordon. I own the dvd.

    It was one of the first to take the story past the day the Frank family was arrested and taken from the attic.

    For me, the saddest part of the whole ordeal is that Margot, Anne’s sister, died a few days before Anne, also of typhus. That Anne had to endure that also, after being ripped from her parents one after the other, to then lose her sister and be witness to her demise, while ill, herself, is just horror piled upon horror.

    My heart breaks at the thought of her being alone like that, believing herself to be the only surviving member of her family … and, the exact date of her death is unknown, as there was no one left to record it.

    Em

  7. Yes, it’s pretty sad.

    I found I can’t watch or read anything with a similar ending.

  8. Oh, that film was gut-wrenching.

    The part that got to me the most was when they were forcing Anne into the “hair cutting room” and she said, “WHY are they doing this to us?”

    btw- I also read somewhere that her sister also kept a diary, but that one was found and destroyed. What a shame. It would have been interesting to hear her version of the accounts Anne spoke of.

  9. The age progressed photo was very interesting, but I think they gave her lighter eyes than she actually had. Her real photo looks like she had dark brown, but the faux image makes them look blue. Just kind of leaped out at me for some reason. Kind of weird to see what she may have looked like. Breaks my heart.

  10. Tasha —

    I read that Margot had a diary, too. If you google “Margot Frank and Wikipedia” and check out the article on Wikipedia, it also says Margot had a diary.

    Fate is sure funny that way. Of course, my heart goes out to all the Frank family members, and all the people lost in and affected by the Holocaust. What a horror, and what a blight upon mankind.

    Em

  11. Hey, Digital Dame. : )

    I noticed that too — Anne’s eyes in the age progressed photo were lighter than the dark brown she had as a girl.

    Eye color does fade with age, but even so, I think the portrayal of her eye color should’ve been darker.

    It was startling for me, at first, to see that photo.

    Em

  12. I feel so sorry Anne Frank.I would hate to be separated from my mum and dad forever.It really wasn’t her fault that she was Jewish.It’s so upsetting to know that she is dead.

  13. I feel so sorry Anne Frank.I would hate to be separated from my mum and dad forever.It really wasn’t her fault that she was Jewish.It’s so upsetting to know that she is dead.
    Otto was really lucky to survive the camps.Perhaps he was put in a camp with less deseses and dirt..POOR ANNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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