The Blog of Anne Frank

2 Sep 2004 /

. . . 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 on The Blog of Anne Frank »

  1. you

    14 Nov 2010 @ 1:56 pm

    why them=(?

  2. Jeff Bour

    15 Nov 2010 @ 8:37 am

    I wish Anne could have held on a few more weeks.
    I believe she felt that she knew her Mother was gone,
    Magot was near death and she presumed that Otto her Dad was gone too.
    If she realized that he was alive she may have been able to hang on.
    He loved his girls so much, Anne and Otto were very close and
    I think that may have given her the hope she needed. Rest in Peace.

  3. 21 Nov 2010 @ 7:59 pm

    Anne Frank died to young I think.

  4. lexie

    24 Nov 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    I have just finished watching Anne Frank, this film is very upsetting.
    RIP The Frank family and everybody else.
    It makes me so happy knowing that Anne’s dream has come true; to be a writer!

  5. martina

    25 Nov 2010 @ 8:02 am

    è una storia molto triste e mi dispiace ke tutto questo non sia stato fermato prima non solo pre anne frank ma anche per tutti gli altri milioni di persone morte per via del nazismo e di tutto questo…=(

  6. meg

    1 Dec 2010 @ 8:06 am

    I think its all sad. anne had so much life and so little time. it really is terrible.

  7. 14 Dec 2010 @ 3:27 am

    ahh… this is so sad… but she’s a realy, realy sweet and good girl…

  8. sprayblue

    14 Dec 2010 @ 11:59 am

    i read her diary half of it it was so sad i nearly cried

  9. Lauren

    15 Dec 2010 @ 11:39 pm

    I just watched the movie, and i have never read the book, but now i am going to! i just can’t understand how such things could go on in the world, like why and how are people so cruel? Anne frank, and the 7 other people really inspired me, because of their extreme hope and bravery.

  10. Juan

    23 Dec 2010 @ 9:50 pm

    I wish she was still alive. Her dreams of going to Hollywood located in California are shattered. Sometimes I wonder if I were to go into hiding if someone would threaten to kill me. You will be missed, Anne Frank. 🙁

  11. Mark M

    8 Jan 2011 @ 11:38 pm

    I’ve never read The Diary of Anne Frank nor have I seen the movie yet. However, I do know the story about her short-lived life due to having read about her in various places/websites. I don’t know what it was like going through what she had during her brief life. I imagine that, due to the stress as well as fear, it was as close to being in combat as one could be without actually being there. Her family, especially Anne and Margot, were very strong willed; they hid rather than give-up to the Nazis then survived as long as they could once captured. It’s bad enough thinking about what the Nazis did and even worse when you find out that there are those whom were so close to being rescued but didn’t quite make it.

  12. candy5674

    22 Jan 2011 @ 10:10 am

    i wish i wouldve rescued her she is very strong i love her diary i was crying for her when i heard that happend but at least shes resting in peace

  13. Phoebe

    7 Feb 2011 @ 3:31 am

    i feel sorry for anne frank because she was pritty and lovely. she the one who died(all her family) so i hope every one feels sorry coz i do!!!!!!!

    sorry to here that story :(:(

  14. Vanessa

    17 Feb 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    Its very sad that Anne Frank died at a very young age.I’m reading her Diary and i think its realy good but also quite sad.I hope some of you will be able to read her diary and go through her whole life as a child.

  15. Colleen Diaz from New Zealand

    3 Mar 2011 @ 2:24 am

    I have seen the movie about Anne Frank and I was very emotional and hurt it was very hard to watch this movie
    the things they had to go through it makes you think twice as hard what if it was my family we take things for granted

    Anne Frank didn’t have a chance to have a family of her own go to the movies stay up late getting married every aspect of life
    what she had she cherished with all the love for everything she had

    this situation with race needs to stop we all bleed the same colour unless we have aliens or robot blood among us or those who choose to judge all races

    To me Anne Frank was a very brave outstanding young lady that had to grow up so fast before her time

    To Otto Frank,Edith Frank,Margot Frank,Anne Frank you are all together now in gods arms holding you all ever so gentle his angels are cmforting you all from all the hard ache you all went through god bless you all

  16. sHEN

    4 Mar 2011 @ 7:28 am

    no useless wars.

  17. bob

    7 Mar 2011 @ 9:32 am

    i feel really bad about anne and margot frank the germans are a-holes stupid germans leader adlof hitler is a reall ass

  18. jessica

    17 Mar 2011 @ 11:47 am

    anne frank is the most amazing girl.I’ve read the book “The Diary Of Anne Frank”.Anne Frank is my 3rd cousin.It’s pretty cool.My last name is frank too.But I don’t just think that she is my cousin because my last name is frank.My grandpa said so.

  19. HerpDurp

    19 Mar 2011 @ 11:37 am

    I’ve read her diary and have studied about the holocaust and specific concentration camps such as Jasenovac, and it’s very sad to see read and see that a lot of people had died from one’s thoughts on a religious view.

  20. Carly

    28 Apr 2011 @ 7:26 pm

    If only it would have been one week sooner… This story is very inspirational.

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