To much of the world, Anne Frank is known as the little girl that wrote a diary while in hiding during the Nazi occupation of World War II in the 1940s. Her diary has been translated in over 60 languages. A work that widely known and translated connects us all. The museum in Amsterdam maintains and preserves the actual hiding place and her original diaries. Please visit them in person or go to their site at www.annefrank.org to read about Anne and keep her vitality alive forever.
For us, Anne Frank is the symbol of hope against all odds. Anne is also a role model of love. It is quoted from her diaries, that she said, “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death. “ No matter what occurred to Anne in her hiding and the war camps, Anne maintained her dreams of survival and becoming a professional writer. Tragically Anne Frank would not realize her dreams of becoming a journalist. Anne was betrayed in her secret hiding place, captured by the Nazis and died of typhus in the war camps in 1945.
So many of us face adversity of some kind. We need to know that we can not only survive, but also remain free to think, dream and hope. So many times, it is the easier way to give up hope and become bitter and angry. With the knowledge of Anne Frank and her perseverance of hope and dreams, we can find a role model, a map to a better way of living.
photo courtesy of wikipedia.org