Today is June 12th, which marks the Birthday of one of the most famous people that ever live.

Anne Frank was born in the city of Frankfurt am Main in Weimar Germany, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.

Frank aspired to become a journalist, writing in her diary on Wednesday, 5 April 1944:

I finally realized that I must do my schoolwork to keep from being ignorant, to get on in life, to become a journalist, because that’s what I want! I know I can write …, but it remains to be seen whether I really have talent …And if I don’t have the talent to write books or newspaper articles, I can always write for myself. But I want to achieve more than that. I can’t imagine living like Mother, Mrs. van Daan and all the women who go about their work and are then forgotten. I need to have something besides a husband and children to devote myself to! …

I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I’m so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s inside me!

When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But, and that’s a big question, will I ever be able to write something great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer?

— Anne Frank.

She continued writing regularly until her last entry of 1 August 1944.

[Sited from Wikipedia]

Anne certainly attained her goal to go on living after her death. I tried to find a number of how many copies of The Diary of a Young Girl have been sold. It has certainly exceeded 31 million as reported by nybooks.com. Then I thought, just think of how many of those books have been passed on to others. I know that the great influence of this book is that Anne is a normal young woman. We meet her as she is turning 13.  She has the same likes as most teenagers, she loves the movies and is beginning to be interested in boys. I think that is the great gift of this book. Young people can empathize with Anne.  It makes the Holocaust more real. It makes you wonder how such an horrific event could ever take place.  If you have never read this account of a young girl’s journey, consider doing so. I think you will be very moved. I will leave off with one of the most ironic quotes of all time-

“It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”~Anne Frank.

Posted by Estel.