Anne Frank – a legacy
12th June, 1942. Anne Frank receives a diary for her 13th birthday.
The Diary of Anne Frank, posthumously published in 1947 and eventually translated into almost 70 languages, is one of the most widely read works of non-fiction in the world. For many, especially younger readers, Anne’s diary is their first encounter with the history of Nazi Germany’s attempt to murder all the Jews of Europe during World War II.
Anne’s legacy, however, extends beyond her diary. Between the ages of 13 and 15, Anne wrote short stories, fairy tales, essays, and the beginnings of a novel. Five notebooks and more than 300 loose pages, meticulously handwritten during her two years in hiding, survived the war. They reveal a young woman who had great ambition to be a writer and was exploring her craft. Her works combine adolescent imagination and playfulness with mature insight and self-awareness.
An online exhibition – Anne Frank the writer An unfinished story – put together in conjunction with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Anne Frank House – has put together a fascinating collection of scans of the original pages of her diaries, stories and notebooks, along with family photos, which allows us to build a comprehensive picture of this brave (and talented) young lady.
It is well worth an hour of your time.