It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. 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
There is a natural tendency in people to show others only the good, interesting, and pleasant sides of them and to hide the undesirable ones. And a diary written with the intention of being published only exacerbates this natural inclination, I think. The same goes with online diaries, personal life blogs. That’s why I’m reluctant to read and believe in the honesty of people who write public diaries. After all, how frank with himself and his readers can be the author of a diary written with the intention of being published and read by as many readers as possible?
However, this is not the case with Anne Frank’s diary, a 13-year-old Jewish girl who lived in Amsterdam during the Second World War and started writing a diary for her eyes only. The diary notebook she received on June 12, 1942, at her birthday party, would have influenced his destiny in an impossible way at that time.
Shortly after she began to write her most intimate thoughts in her personal diary, the Second World war started and her family had to hide in a secret part of the house, called the annex, to avoid deportation. The entrance to this secret annex was camouflaged with a bookcase.
She makes entries in her diary not only about the lives of two Jewish families in their hiding place but also about the secret thoughts, worries, joys, hopes, flirts whatsoever of her troubled adolescence. Anne gets rebellious toward her mother, a phase almost all adolescents go through.
Anne Frank accurately describes their lifestyle in the appendix, with all their everyday shortcomings and frustrations. She has a vivid, captivating style, you have to remember that the whole book is the work of a child, otherwise, you have the impression that you’re reading a novel by a well-known writer. If she had survived the horrors of deportation, she would certainly have become a famous writer.
What really really impressed me was that both the girls, Anne and her sister Margot, continued to learn even under those conditions. Anne studies and is passionate about mythology and the royal family tree and art history (but she hates algebra and geometry) and collects pictures of movie stars.
The degree of optimism that they will survive is quite high, despite the depressing moments that almost all the annexers are trying at some point. Her notes show a degree of maturity, intelligence, and independence that many adults do not acquire in their whole life. At the age at which most children have childish, superficial concerns, Anne takes on plans, desires and an almost mature understanding of the human nature and the world in which she lives. Sometimes she reacts impulsively. However, her ability to self-analyze and to recognize her mistakes is impressive.
The Anne Frank diary will be published a few years after the war by the only survivor, Anne’s father, with whom she had a special connection. Initially, her father removed some very intimate passages and those that harmed the image of the family, but later on, all the notes were published in full.
(photo from wikipedia)