The Courage of Anne Frank

The Courage of Anne Frank

It seems almost impossible to write about my experience of seeing the Anne Frank House. This is the place where Anne Frank and her family, plus four other people, hid from Nazi persecution for two years (1942-1944). Anne was 13 years old at the time.

Her journal entries often discuss herself in relationship to the others she was living with. Writing was a source of support for the young girl.

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?

Why It is Important to Learn About Anne Frank
Anne Frank is important because she is one of the estimated six million Jews killed during the Holocaust.  Understanding what happened to her is also important because genocide continues to this day. Please see the United States Holocaust Museum.
There is no simple way to describe how human lives continue to be impacted by what was done to our human family and continues to be done around the world and next door. Every single person deserves to be remembered and honored.
How We Can Honor the Memory of Anne Frank
We can continue to honor the memory of Anne Frank by talking about her. We can talk about what people are experiencing because they live in fear.  They live in fear due to the color of their skin, their spiritual or religious practices, their socio-economic status, their gender, country of origin, weight and their age. They live in fear because the dominant culture (mine included) believes they know what is right and what is wrong, what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. We must question what we believe is right and wrong. Please see these website to continue reading and learning. These are just a few example of the work our community is doing.

I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more

-Anne Frank

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