Anne Frank, 12th June 1942

12 June 2012

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.” — Anne Frank.

On this day, 12th of June in 1942, Anne Frank sat down and wrote her first entry in the diary that she had been given that morning for her thirteenth birthday. It was actually supposed to be used as an autograph book but Anne, who had asked her father to buy it for her as a birthday present planned to use it to chronicle her own private thoughts and would continue to do so until the 1st of August 1944, just three days before the annexe where she was hiding was raided by the German Order Police and she, her family and their companions were taken to concentration camps.

Anne decided at one point that when the war was over and she was able to leave her hiding place then she would like to become a journalist.

I finally realized that I must do my schoolwork to keep from being ignorant, to get on in life, to become a journalist, because that’s what I want! I know I can write …, but it remains to be seen whether I really have talent…

And if I don’t have the talent to write books or newspaper articles, I can always write for myself. But I want to achieve more than that. I can’t imagine living like Mother, Mrs. van Daan and all the women who go about their work and are then forgotten. I need to have something besides a husband and children to devote myself to!

I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I’m so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s inside me!

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?” — Anne Frank.

Every time I read Anne Frank’s diary, I fall completely in love with her. I adore her sprightliness, her curiosity about the world, her courage, her optimism and her honesty. I love her and it just breaks my heart.

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” — Anne Frank

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