Holocaust Quotes in Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl

Instructor: Jennifer Hays

Jenny has taught college English and has a Mater's degree in English and another Master's degree in Secondary Education.

This lesson will explore famous quotations about the Holocaust from ''Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl'', and how those quotations still carry meaning in our world today.

Quotations from Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank was a young girl, who was growing up in war-torn Europe during World War II. For her 13th birthday, she was given a diary. Two days later, in June, 1942, she made her first entries which inspired the world with their beauty and optimism.

Anne Frank wrote in her diary, 'After May 1940 the good times were few and far between: first there was the war, then the capitulation and then the arrival of the Germans, which is when the trouble started for the Jews.' From this moment, it is clear that difficult times have descended on the Frank family.

The Holocaust and Anne Frank

Soon after Anne began creating her diary, which she called 'Kitty,' her father received notification that he was to report to a Nazi labor camp.

Anne wrote, 'I was stunned. A call-up: everyone knows what that means. Visions of concentration camps and lonely cells raced through my head. How could we let Father go to such a fate? 'Of course he's not going,' declared Margot as we waited for Mother in the living room. 'Mother's gone to Mr. van Daan to ask whether we can move to our hiding place tomorrow. The van Daans are going with us. There will be seven of us altogether.' Silence. We couldn't speak.' The reality was that life as she knew it was soon ending for Anne, as a result of the Holocaust.

Instead of reporting to the camp, Otto Frank and his family along with his business partner and family all went into hiding. The hiding place was one of Otto's business property annexes in a sealed off area of the building where they hid from the Nazis for just a little over two years.

Sadly, their hiding place was eventually discovered and the family was placed into concentration camps. Only Anne's father, Otto, survived the camps. Anne's diary was found in the hiding place, where it had been ransacked by the Gestapo, or Nazi police, after the Frank's arrest. It was now up to Otto to publish the manuscript so that Anne's words could live on as a testament to the horrors of the Holocaust.

How Anne Frank Dealt with the Holocaust

When Anne's manuscript was discovered, her love of humanity and eloquence became apparent. As a result, some very famous quotes still live on today through Anne's words in her diary. Her good nature and love stand out in stark contrast to the ever-present backdrop of the Holocaust.

'It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.'

-- Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne's childhood stopped abruptly when she was only 13 years old. She had to hide from the Nazis in extremely difficult circumstances. She was eventually placed into a concentration camp, where she died. Yet, despite it all, Anne believed that people were still good at heart.

'I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.'

-- Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

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