Sunday, May 26, 2024

Anne Frank’s Diary

Written By Neha Sinha (Grade 8)

Anne Frank’s diary stands today as one of the most detailed written records of life of those in hiding during World War 2. It was written during a time when millions across the world lived in constant fear of death and destruction. This period in human history, even after 75 years remains one of the deadliest. Yet even in such a time, children were still children. Anne Frank is one of today’s most celebrated authors. She was one of the many Jews that moved into concentration campus during this war. Sadly Anne did not survive during the war, she died of typhus fevers in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp just two weeks before it was liberated.

While hiding Anne kept a diary which she named “Kitty”. In Kitty she confided everything from her sorrows to joys. After the war, her father Otto Frank, the only member of the Frank family to survive the war published Anne’s diary as a book.

This diary has had a more significant impact on the youth of today than most other pieces of literature from World War 2 as it not only describes the horrors of the war it also describes the the feelings of a 13 year old girl  from the fear of the Germans to her crush on Peter Van Dan and her arguments with her mother, parts of which many of the readers can relate to. This makes it so the they can empathise with Anne  and allows them to feel more deeply about her situation. And since the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow understanding the destruction caused by war could help to prevent them in the future.

I read this diary for the first time at the start of Covid 19 in early 2020 and it did not strike me as special at the time as I lacked the empathy required to appreciate and understand it. Fast forward to 2023 after the epidemic had ended, an extract was taken up from this book in my school which led me to revisit it. This time I read the same lines but with a changed perspective. This time I read it at a time when wars were beginning to spring up around the world, the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the Israel-Hamas conflict. Moreover this was a time when everyone feared the start of a new world war, of the novel the following lines caught my attention the most:

“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. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquillity will return.”

By this time I was aware of the sufferings of war and it shocked me that amidst the chaos in which she must have lived this girl was able to see the best in humanity. That she was able to keep hope that a silver lining would one day arrive even if she would not be there to witness it.

I often overthink small things and this taught me to show gratitude for what I have for today millions don’t have it, a safe, loving home and warm meal to come home to every day. It showed me that life can change in an instant and taught me to appreciate the value of the present. It also taught me to keep hope in the hardships when they came for they surely would come in my life as in those of all others. And most importantly it allowed me to appreciate the value of peace and tranquility.

Featured Image Courtesy – Telegraph India


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