Guest Author - Amy Packham
After visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam this weekend, I was struck by the power and emotion that has come from her book. Not only has she become famous for the words she wrote and inspiring for how she dealt with and wrote about the war, her own quotes have become famous. Walking through the house, her quotes were written up on the walls to depict was was significant about that room. It made me strengthen my previous comment about how quotes are everywhere and even at a weekend away in Amsterdam I was inspired by these quotes.
Although a lot of people do have knowledge about Anne Frank and what she did, you never really begin to really understand until you go to this house. At her age of 13, it is such a courageous thing to be able to write about what was happening to her. They barely had enough time to talk, sing, shower, let alone write about it in a diary. Having to live their lives in silence, Anne Frank turned only to her diary in order to relieve from her mind what she was thinking.
"One day this terrible war will be over. We can never be just Dutch, or just English, or whatever, We will always be Jews. But then we'll want to be." April 9 1944
This quote I felt was very powerful. In all her writings she went very deep and spoke much about the discrimination that was happening to her. You can see she tried to look at the positive side of what was happening by looking to the future at a time when this might all finish and she can be free. But she also focussed much on her identity and the part of this quote which was so inspirational to me was that she was not embarrassed by what she was. She says that she will only ever be identified as a jew but also says thats what she wants to be. Although her identity is causing her such pain, she is not ashamed of it. I find that very brave.
"When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived."
I liked this quote because it gives us an insight to why and also how she managed to write this powerful diary that now is so famous across the world. Although she and her family, along with many other jews were living in fear and terror; she managed to escape this through her writing and we should feel privileged that we are able to read this and that we are able to be let in to discover her way of life and how they had to live. She talks of her sorrow disappearing, it was like writing her diary got her away from the war while she was writing but after she had finished she had to face it again.
Her diary was published by her father, Otto Frank who survived the war even though he was unaware that his daughters did not. When he found this out he went back to read and go onto publish the writings of his daughter so that people would be able to read about and maybe even begin to understand the pain that they all went through.
He said: "To build up a future, you have to know the past."