The personal Diary maintained by Anne Frank over the span of two years when her family was forced into hiding, brings to light all of the hardships Anne endured during World War 2. The book highlights, the unthinkable horrors of loss and degeneracy, and the difficult evolution of maturing to an individualistic woman from the lighthearted 12 year old prior to the war.
Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become “One of the most moving personal documents to come out of World War 2” -Philidelphia Inquirer, and “A timeless testament to the human spirit.” Despite the difficult transition to life in the Secret Annexe and the struggle of finding herself in a cramped attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis, Anne Frank’s faith in the morality of humans remained whole. She writes, “Riches can all be lost, but that happiness in your own heart can only be veiled, and it will still bring you happiness again, as long as you live. As long as you can look fearlessly up into the heavens, as long as you know that you are pure within and that you will still find happiness (159).
“Anne Frank’s life is summarized by many as frightening because of World War 2 and the events Anne experienced have affected Anne’s look on humanity. As Anne matures, she is becoming more aware of the injustices in the world and the things that were restricted to Jews by the Germans. Anne writes “Nice people, the Germans! To think that I was once one of them too! No, Hitler took away our nationality long ago in fact, Germans and Jews are the greatest enemies in the world.” Anne writes this when she becomes conscious of the executions taking place in her society and is disgusted. However, gradually Anne realizes that hatred is a piece of the puzzle called humanity and all we can do as humans is try to learn from it.
Anne writes, ”The cause of this hatred of the Jews is understandable, even humans sometimes, but not good (238).”