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Alaina Robbins
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Good morning class. My name is Alaina Robbins and today I am here to tell you about a young girl who lived through one of the most tragic events known to mankind, and who’s legacy is still talked about to this day.
I would like to start off with a quote “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. My advice is: go outside, to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine. Think of all the beauty that’s still left in an around you and be happy.” This quote is by Anne Frank, a girl of Jewish descent who experienced first hand the harsh realities of the Holocaust. The Holocaust was a catastrophic event that shook the entire world, as Adolf Hitler demanded the execution of several million European Jews. Hitler deemed the Jews as those of an inferior race who served as a threat to purity of the German community according to history.com.
On biography.com it indicated that Anne’s real name was Annelies Marie Frank. It also stated that she was born on June 12, 1929. She was born in Frankfurt, Germany but as anti-semitic pressures increased in their home country they moved to the Netherlands.
Anne lived with her two parents and her sister, Margot, in Amsterdam in the time leading up to Nazi Occupation preceding WWII. During World War II, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding along with another family when she was thirteen as to avoid persecution by the Nazis. They remained in hiding for two years, during which Anne documented her thoughts and feelings into a red-checkered diary that she received for her 13th birthday. This diary became the famous work we know today as The Diary of Anne Frank. The Frank family’s hiding place was discovered when she was fifteen and her entire family was shipped to the Auschwitz death camp. Her family was then separated and sent to different concentration camps. Anne and her sister were originally with their mother until they were separated again. Anne and Margot were then sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where they both unfortunately died of typhus within days of one another. The girls were but two of the one million children that died during the holocaust.
Following the end of World War II, Anne Frank’s father, Otto, who managed to survive, returned to Amsterdam in search of his family. It was upon returning home that he learned the tragic news that both of his daughters had died in a concentration camp weeks before being liberated by the British. He then went back to the place they had found shelter the two years prior to his family’s capture, and that is when he was given Anne’s diary. After reading her diary he sought out to have his daughter’s thoughts published.
Today Anne’s diary has been published in over 67 languages. Her diary has also been converted into several screen and stage adaptions. Biography.com comments “Anne Frank's diary endures, not only because of the remarkable events she described, but due to her extraordinary gifts as a storyteller and her indefatigable spirit through even the most horrific of circumstances”.
In conclusion, Anne Frank is more than a girl with a red-checkered journal. She is in fact eyes, eyes to what the holocaust was truly like. She painted pictures of the conditions she faced as well as the memories she tried desperately to hold on to. Anne Frank stands as a constant reminder of how far this world has come, and how much father it still has to go.
Thank you.

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