On this day in 1929, Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Anne was born to Jewish parents and was forced into hiding during World War II with her family in an attic in Amsterdam for 2 years until their sad and eventual discovery. Anne and the rest of her family were sent to a concentration camp and most of their stories ended there.
I'm sure most of you know her story but for those who don't, I encourage you to obtain a copy of 'The Diary of Anne Frank'. This diary was her honest depiction of life in hiding and the thoughts and fears that accompanied it. Her diary has been a classroom staple for generations for its depiction of war and its effect on the human spirit. I read it myself for the first time when I was a young girl the same age as Anne when she wrote it and her story and words haunted me. It has received many positive reviews including Eleanor Roosevelt who described it as "one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war and its impact on human beings that I have ever read." and John F. Kennedy said "Of all the multitudes who throughout history have spoken for human dignity in times of great suffering and loss, no voice is more compelling than that of Anne Frank."
Back in my previous life as a travel agent, I was fortunate enough to visit Amsterdam and the house where Anne and her family lived in hiding. In all the years since, I have yet to go to a place where I experienced such an overwhelming and moving reaction to my environment. If you ever go to Amsterdam, you must try and visit this sacred place.
Anne Frank's legacy is two-fold, the first being the evil that is persecution of others based on race or religion that regrettably still exists is wrong and must be stopped, and the second is the triumph of the human spirit above all.
To honour the brave and beautiful soul that was Anne Frank, please recognize and treasure some of her endearing quotes about life, love, kindness and the beauty of humanity.