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1942: Anne Frank Begins Writing her Diary

1942: Anne Frank Begins Writing her Diary
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  • Historical event:
  • 12 June 1942
  • The famous sentence from her diary goes: "I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart." About twenty days after she began writing the diary, Anne Frank had to hide with her family in a hidden part of a house in Amsterdam. They secretly lived there for two years and one month before someone betrayed them to the German police.

On this day Anne Frank wrote first sentences in her diary, which made her historically famous.

She was given a diary precisely on this day, as a gift from her father for her 13th birthday. On that date, 12 June 1942, she immediately noted in the diary: “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.”

About twenty days after she began writing the diary, Anne Frank was forced to hide with her family in a hidden part of a house in Amsterdam. They secretly lived there for two years and one month before someone betrayed them to the German police. It was never discovered who the informant was. They were arrested and almost the entire family was killed.

Anne Frank was deported with her ​​mother and sister in Auschwitz. All the children in Auschwitz under 15 years of age were immediately sent to the gas chambers, but Anna was fortunate to have turned 15 three months before, so she was not immediately killed, but was sent on a forced labor.

Later, she was moved from Auschwitz with her sister to Bergen-Belsen camp in northern Germany. They both died of typhus there just three weeks before the British liberated the camp. It is assumed that around 35,000 prisoners died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen during the last months of the war, because of the bad conditions.

A famous sentence from her diary goes: “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”

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