The first time I came across the name “Anne Frank” was when I in Standard 4 (1994). My mother always bought good English books for my sister and I, despite the fact that she herself was not an eloquent English speaker. The book entitled “366 and More World Stories” compiled various stories around the world in according to certain dates and months – and a synopsis on Anne Frank was one of them. So finally now in 2015 after 21 years, I finally managed to read the whole version of the renowned diary.
This is the book that I bought by using the Baucar 1 Malaysia. I am making full use of it.
The original language in Dutch – Het Achterhuis. The wish to write a book ‘after the war’ was written in her diary dated 11th May 1944 – “In any case, I want to publish a book entitled Het Achterhuis after the war. Whether I shall succeed or not, I cannot say, but my diary will be a great help.” – She finally indeed becomes a writer, albeit posthumously. Sigh.
Based on the Dutch version of her diary “Het Achterhuis”, her diary entailed whatever happened inside the Secret Annex (room) where 2 families, The Franks & The van Daans (pseudonyms that Anne used for The van Pels. REFER to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_associated_with_Anne_Frank#The_other_occupants_of_the_Achterhuis).
The first copy of the original publication of the diary.
Anne Frank wrote in her diary – “I want to go on living even after my death”. How true, her life resonates till today. I have to say that what she wrote in the diary really touched my heart as a human.
A young girl with brilliant mind was cooped inside a hide-out with 2 families – expressed whatever in her heart in a diary. She wrote about political scenarios, family affairs and duties for filial piety, her intimate emotion as a young girl for a boy and her philosophical insights on her ambitions and her future life. I have to say that the appendix notes by the editor of the book which chronicled on the subsequent reality after Anne Frank’s last diary entry dated Tuesday 1st August 1944 was the most heart wrenching for me. The family was discovered by the Nazi secret police or Gestapo (betrayed by most possible one of the Frank’s employees) and whisked to the Jewish concentration camps. It was in the Bergen-Belson Concentration Camp that Anne Frank finally died due to possibly Typhus; succeeded her sister Margot; she was barely 16 years old.
The people who were involved in the Secret Annex – the hiding place.
What make me so bewildered as well as amazed with “The Diary Of A Young Girl” by Anne Frank is her deep and critical thinking, beyond her adolescent age. For example, on page 159; Anne talked about her philosophy in life :-
“When I looked outside right into the depth of Nature and God, then I was happy, really happy. And Peter, so long as I have that happiness here, the joy in nature, health and a lot more besides, all the while one has that, one can always recapture happiness. Riches can all be lost but the happiness in your own heart can only be veiled, and it will still bring you happiness again, as long as you live. As long as you can look fearlessly up into the heavens, as long as you know that you are pure within, and that you will still find happiness.”
The house of where the Franks been hiding for two years – in the secret annex.
Now, it has become a tourist attraction in Netherlands. My friend Janice had experience of visiting this. I envy her, in a good way! Haha!
Such philosophical insight coming from a young maiden! Apart from that, Anne also talked great deals about the war and one of them is on page 248 :-
“Yesterday Churchill, Smuts, Eisenhower, and Arnold visited French villages which have been conquered and liberated. The torpedo boat that Churchill was in shelled the coast. He appears, like so many men, not to know what fear is – makes me envious! It’s difficult for us to judge from our secret redoubt how people outside have reacted to the news. Undoubtedly people are pleased that the idle (?) English have rolled up their sleeves and are doing something at last. Any Dutch people who still look down on the English, scoff at England and her government of old gentlemen, call the English cowards, and yet hate the Germans deserve a good shaking.”
The visionary of Anne Frank’s secret annex. Courtesy of http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AnneFrank/AnneFrank02.html.
As a woman growing up in the 1940s, Anne was also one of those “liberated young women” who refused to be identified with stereotyped female roles in the society. She was an opinionated and outspoken young lady who professed her ideas and thoughts. This is evident on page 223 :-
“In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.”
I have to say there are many other quotes or statements wrote by Anne that are very appealing to me. I could see that she was a bright and thoughtful young lady. More or less, I feel there are uncanny similarities between Anne Frank and I. We both resort to writing as expression solace – I write blog for therapeutic manifestation. I also use pseudonyms and not really shy or qualm discussing on sensitive issues but with metaphorical codes, of course – just like Anne Frank! I am also someone who speaks the heart and refuse to kowtow to “decreed normalcy” and I definitely have a lot of opinions on a lot of subjects – the world, the society, the people, etc.
Delving into topic regarding Jewish could also lead to interesting discussion. I have written a few blog entries on regard of that, myself. Today’s world despises the atrocities done by the Israel people who mainly profess the Zionism. It is the ideology that uphold Jews as the most supreme race. When the concept of ‘Aliyah’ was conceived and led to the establishment of Israel in 1948 (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/bloodbath-between-aliyah-nakba-the-never-ending-reality-of-palestine-israel/), Jews conquered most of the land that used to be Palestine and cast out the Palestinians into a secluded area, walled by the Great Apartheid Wall that is even taller than the Great Berlin Wall (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/the-polemics-of-eretz-israel-judaism-vs-zionism-the-apartheid-wall-west-bank-wall-palestine-solidarity-around-the-world/)! The Palestinians are being tormented and oppressed by the Zionist Jews – AND this is exactly like what were done to them by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
Anne Frank was taken to here, Bergen-Belson Concentration Camp. She finally died to most possibly typhus.
I am trying to put a humanitarian hat here. I don’t write on bias of any decree or skin colours. Irregardless whether it is the Israel-Palestine War or the Holocaust, the victims are the innocent people. Millions of people died due to the power-hunger and greed. Due to the political dissatisfaction by the unfair verdict from Treaty of Versailles, the Nazi led by Adolf Hitler vowed to avenge the Germans’ humiliation and the propaganda to fume up the missions were launched extensively throughout Germany and neighbouring European countries such as Netherlands. The Nazi played racial cards on trying to win the support of the Germans. The mantra that the Germans are the real pure Aryan Race (least hybrid with other non-native of the European settlers – unlike other European races) and should be the Master Race and other races should kowtow to them and only deserve to be the slaves of the Germans. In this perspective, the Jews were discriminated the most; being non-Aryan and also originators of all doctrines that contradicted to the Nazi’s aims.
Corpses of prisoners are seen at Buchenwald concentration camp after the liberation in April 1945. The construction of Buchenwald camp started 15 July 1937 and was liberated by US General Patton’s army 11 April 1945. Between 239,000 and 250,000 people were imprisoned in this camp. About 56,000 died among which 11,000 Jews. On the 4th of April Patton’s army liberated the Buchenwald sub-camp in Ohrdruf, where they only found about fifty corpses of prisonners. The 9000 Buchenwald commandos – hundreds of Polish, Russian, Yugoslavian, Italian and French, some Hungarian and Russian Jews, and gypsies – had been forced by the Nazis to march 80 km on April 2nd from Ohrdruf to the main camp Buchenwald. Most of them were evacuated again April the 7th to Dachau and Flossenburg. Much died during this ordeal. On the 11th of April the International Committee (created in August 1943 by the prisoners), who managed to obtain and hide arms during previous shelling, gave the order for an insurrection which pave the way for the US army.(FILM) AFP PHOTO ERIC SCHWAB
The eerie sights of the Holocaust in Jewish concentration camps.
It is undeniably a violation of humanity when millions of Jews were killed systematically (worked until exhaustion and gassed till death) in the Jews concentration camps – the famous was the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Imagine if we were to be separated by our loved ones and forced to live in these situations. It is sad. Nevertheless, it is also a sad thing to fast forward to things that happening to the Palestinians today. Death tolls are rising up; accumulating and outnumbering the casualties of the Holocaust! Where is the love? Why can’t we just respect other races and live in harmony?
The famous Nazi’s symbol – The Swastika.
What I am trying to convey here is that the oppression experienced by the Jews in the Holocaust was a nightmare and a violation to the humanity and I felt sad for that. But I also feel that the same analogy should be perceived to the plights of the Palestinians of today’s world. Nobody deserves to be treated as such. Wars snatch the hopes and the future of the young generations. If it isn’t due to wars, there could have been an adult Anne Frank who grew up to be a fine and brilliant lady! Nobody should be discriminated due to his or her race. To conclude, I want to share what Anne Frank wrote in her diary on 11th April, 1944 :-
“Who has inflicted this upon us? Who has made us Jews different from all other people? Who has allowed us to suffer so terribly up till now? It is God that has made us as we are, but it will be God, too, who will raise us up again….. Is discord going to show itself while we are still fighting, is the Jew once again worth less than another? Oh, it is sad, very sad, that once more, for the umpteenth time, the old truth is confirmed : “What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does is thrown back at all Jews.”
The graves for both Margot and Anne Frank.
The last phrase is something for us to ponder. Not only for Jews; but for Moslems and Christians as well – and also applied to the races. In the world we are living, now.