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Anne Frank

"So much has happened, it's as if the whole world has suddenly turned upside-down...When I write, I can shake off all my cares."
-an excerpt from Anne Frank's diary

Anneliese Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 1933, her family moved to Holland without her to flee from the Nazis who were gaining power in Europe. The Nazis were prosecuting people of the Jewish faith, putting them in concentration camps of torture, even killing them. Anne's family thought it best to flee from Hitler and his minions, for they, too, were Jewish. Anne soon joined them in February 1934.

On July 6, 1942, Anne and her family went into hiding during the Holocaust in the "Secret Annex," an attic above her father's office. There they stayed for 25 months, until August 4, 1944. They were betrayed to the Nazis and all eight people (Anne's family, another family, and another man) were put in concentration camps. On August 8, 1944, all eight were put in the Westerbork concentration camp. Some of them were separated, and Anne and some others were transferred to Auschwitz on September 3, 1944. Then, on October 6, 1944, Anne and her sister Margot were moved to the concentration camp Bergen-Belson. It was there that Anne died in March 1945 of typhus, dying within days of her sister Margot.

Anne left behind a diary of her days in the attic, a diary which she had received on her 13th birthday. A woman named Miep Giles found it, and it was published in 1947. It was translated in 67 different languages and is now one of the most widely read books. Also, "The Diary of Anne Frank" opened on Broadway in 1955, and the play has been done at my high school, Brunswick High School, by an all-star cast. Anne Frank is one girl who has influenced all, and will not be forgotten.

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