The Diary of Anne Frank

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 8th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Everywhere you go you hear about crimes against humanity. We will be reviewing the life of Anne Frank, a young girl who died in a Nazi concentration camp. Her story has been read by millions of people around the world.

The Nazi Era

One of the most important figures of the Nazi era was a young girl by the name of Anne Frank. She was just an ordinary teenager and had hopes and dreams like any other teenager of her day and future generations to come.

The only trouble was that she was Jewish during the Nazi era and that fate meant death for many. Death was inevitable for young innocent girls and boys and Jewish people; six million of them who were herded off to concentrations camps, imprisoned, starved, worked to death, and experimented on in the most vilest of ways. Then burned in the furnaces, and discarded like garbage. Human lives, not worth a thing to their Nazi oppressors.

Save the World

The Jewish people, a fine spirited people, will not let these atrocities fade from human memory. We must never forget the holocaust, we must preserve the sanctity of human life and the health and welfare of all people's of the world. Tikkun o'lam just as Jewish people declare, we must repair the world.

In the grand scheme of things human life is held worthless. There is no real regard for health or dignity.

I was a young girl myself when I read the Diary of Anne Frank, oh how I could identify with Anne and even though I was a Christian teenager and Anne was a Jewish one, we were both innocent young girls who had done nothing wrong. We were innocent young girls who had hopes and dreams for the life ahead of us. I examiner had a chance to make my life; Anne Frank was never given that opportunity.

My life was completely changed once I read that book. Incidentally it was required reading for my Montreal high school 9th grade English class and I was so glad that it was.

Before that book I took he peaceful life in Montreal for granted. Afterward I began to see the world outside of my own city and country was not the safe haven I had always thought it was.

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank made me realize that World War II was not about the good guys getting rid of the bad guys as I had previously thought. War was ugly and innocent people got hurt.

It was from those early roots that I began to formulate my own ideas about war and it was from those humble beginnings that I knew in my heart that there are no victors in war.

History runs in cycles, the victors of one era are the losers of the next. Great empires rise and they all fall. War is about power and greed and a ruthless disregard for humanity. However, the victors are the leaders of the country, who divvy up the spoils.

War rarely has much betterment for the common people. War debilitates people, it wounds them physically and mentally. It ruins their health, starves them, injures them, ravishes them with disease and kills them.

For example this particular war, World War II, benefited the World by stopping the threat of German Occupation. That is a wonderful thing. However did it really benefit the German people? Did it really benefit Hitler? He died in a bunker and was said to have committed suicide as the allies approached and took over Berlin. Others say he was already dying of syphilis and one has to wonder did he even get his just reward. Was there a harsher penalty for this monster?

One thing is for sure it did not benefit Anne Frank she died in a concentration camp. A young girl robbed of her life. A young girl that did nothing at all to hurt anyone; but was a victim of a vile society.

to be continued

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Jun 2015 (#)

That Anne Frank strikes a chord in everyone means we are one and the same despite the artificial barriers we have created. It is ironical that just because one holds another belief, some feel they should be killed. Does their God get appeased or the another God is defeated in the process?

Maybe our inhumanity to each other will continue till the end of time, but I am still optimistic that the change for the better will happen - siva

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author avatar Retired
9th Jun 2015 (#)

I well remember my visit to the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam and climbing the ladder to the "secret annexe". It was a very moving experience to be in the exact same place where the Frank family had been.

For me, the lesson of the Holocaust is not so much to take sides in favour of Judaism - with all that entails in terms of recent events in Israel and the Occupied Territories - but to be aware that such atrocities are still happening today in many places throughout the world, albeit not on the same scale in any one place.

Young children are still being robbed of their futures, courtesy of Boko Haram in Nigeria, ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and there are many other examples.

The thing about Anne Frank's diary is that it is not about the Holocaust. There is nothing in it that suggests that Anne knew what might happen to her and her family - although she knew that hiding from the Nazis was certainly in their best interest.

The diary is full of ordinary things - how she occupied her time, what she thought of other people, etc. It was written for her own benefit and as a way of passing the time, presumably in the hope that after the war she would be able to remember her past thoughts and feelings by referring back to it.

It is the "ordinariness" of the diary that is so striking, and the fact that it focusses a terrible period of history onto a single person and thus enables us to see that period through one person's eyes and imagine ourselves in the same predicament - which is also why visiting the Anne Frank House is such an important thing to do if you can.

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author avatar Carol Roach
9th Jun 2015 (#)

I wish I could visit but I do not have the money for it. I identified with Anne because I was 14 years old at the time. she was not those people, she was all of us. A beautiful young girl that never had the chance to have a life.

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