The Blog of Anne Frank

. . . everything can be taken from a man except one thing: the last of the human freedoms–to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

— Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.

— Anne Frank

On this date — September 2 — in 1944, Anne Frank was among 1,019 people on the 68th and last train from Holland to Auschwitz. Anne and others hiding with her had been betrayed and captured a month before and held in the Westerbork detention center.

Gravestone for Margot and Anne Frank at Bergen-Belsen site

The Frank family had gone into hiding two years earlier, in July 1942, after Anne’s sister, Margot, received a call-up notice to report for deportation to a labor camp.

Anne was at Auschwitz for two months, then at Bergen-Belsen, where she and Margot died four months later of typhus, just a few weeks before the camp was liberated.

Anne’s father, Otto, was liberated from Auschwitz by the Russian Army on January 27, 1945. His wife, Edith, had died the previous day.

Otto Frank was taken first to Odessa and then to France before being allowed to return to Amsterdam. He did not learn the whereabouts of his daughters until October 24, when he received a letter informing him they had died at Bergen-Belsen.

This unfortunately was not an unusual family trajectory for European Jews in the 1940s. Anne Frank is remembered from among millions of others because she maintained a blog — I mean diary — so that her experiences, what she did, the thoughts she had, and everything she suffered was not lost.

I suppose the same holds true for everyone, with or without a diary — nothing is lost, nothing can be undone . . . and it may be possible for a life that appears to be quite pointless at the time to attain a meaning, a purpose, even through suffering, failure and death . . .

  470 comments for “The Blog of Anne Frank

  1. Fabiana
    4 Oct 2006 at 11:38 pm

    Realmente é uma história muito triste!

  2. HW
    5 Oct 2006 at 9:18 am

    Sim é

  3. 25 Oct 2006 at 6:29 am

    i am sorry Margot frank.

  4. Annonumus
    27 Oct 2006 at 8:17 pm

    hey!,
    i think im her reincarnation because i get these flashbacks in my head and its scary i see anne frank and her dad and her mom her sister mrs. van daan and mr.van daan and peter and :O its creepy i see her room i live no where near where she went into hiding i live in canada and just omg its really scary so im convinced im her reincarnation! tell me wut u think!and no i dont look like her!well ne ways e-mail me at loveable_gurl_101@hotmail.com to tell me wut u think!!
    thx

  5. HW
    28 Oct 2006 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Annonumus –

    You sound like a very interesting person. It certainly sounds like you could be the reincarnation of Anne Frank. Sometimes I suspect that my wife is the reincarnation of Heinrich Himmler…

  6. Leena Hancock
    4 Nov 2006 at 12:09 pm

    i think i’m really Anne’s real reincarnation because i act exactly like her and i think my friend Alex is Peter because he looks like him

  7. cata
    1 Dec 2006 at 10:30 am

    adoro a anne frank e o k mais adorei foi ler o livro dela.
    tenho é pena de ela ter morrido assim numa forma croel e ter morrido tao cedo(16 anos.
    adoro te Anne, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadddddddddddddddddddddddoooooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrroootttttttteeeeeeeeeeeeee

  8. cataria
    1 Dec 2006 at 10:46 am

    eu adoro Anne Frank porque li o livro dela e comovime muito
    eu nunca me vou esquecer dela e gostava que todas as pessoas lessem o livro dela porque e uma historia comovente e boa para as pessoas verem como a vida e cruel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anne es a maior adoro te

  9. cata
    1 Dec 2006 at 10:50 am

    gostava de diser aki k adoro a minha amga xamada catarima.
    es a melhor amiga kata adoro te

  10. 30 Dec 2006 at 1:19 am

    I am sorry for Anne and Margot Frank. I reading the diary of her at home!
    It is very sad and hard to read it.

  11. Cayla
    7 Jan 2007 at 9:03 am

    I have read many things about anne. i do not believe that she can be reincarnated! she is living beyond her death, like she wanted. It is very sad that she and margot couldn’t live about 1/2 a month longer, because they would’ve lived through the holocaust!

  12. Rob
    8 Jan 2007 at 10:12 am

    This story sucks

  13. Raul
    9 Jan 2007 at 2:20 pm

    This story is verry dumb but sad it also sucks a$$

  14. HW
    9 Jan 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Thank God Anne Frank was more articulate than these last two idiots …

  15. Arty
    11 Jan 2007 at 10:53 am

    this story is verry sad

  16. 14 Jan 2007 at 4:15 pm

    this book is i fell a good book but also a sad it mackes me wana cry thinking about what she went tro and i wish it hadent been that hard for her and her family i think i will read and charish this book alot

  17. lulu
    17 Jan 2007 at 9:01 am

    rob and raul are retarded this was a very good book about anne frank’s life and i love the diary book it maks you feel like you were a jew during the holocaust

  18. ketsy
    18 Jan 2007 at 10:35 am

    hey anne frank i think ur so brave u did good out there… i wish i was as brave as u… i saw ur movie and i think that it’s great… was it fun kissing the boy in the movie?

  19. amanda
    19 Jan 2007 at 9:52 am

    anne frank was a fabulous little girl and its sad the she died very young i read the book “the diary of anne frank” all the time it is my favorite.

  20. sarah015
    22 Jan 2007 at 9:26 am

    i read her diary, and i feel very similiar than anne… i have the same thoughts, i think that she was a big little woman, she loved nature (like me), she was in love… but she died too much young.
    it’s really terrible.

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