Diaries are not meant to be shared or to some extent published (unless you are a terribly famous person). Not all people are interested on knowing some tidbits of one’s life. Diaries are simply written for personal use to preserve some important events, desires, thoughts and feelings only the author knows best. Perhaps the only diary I want to read so badly was the one Rizal kept during his romantic interlude in Japan (I’m quite a big fan of that country and his brief romance with O-sei-san). However if there is one single diary I wanted to share to the world is not mine if I did had one, but it’s going to be the Anne Frank diary.
I came aware of this famous diary because it was featured in the movie Freedom Writers starring Hilary Swank. Then one day when I was walking Recto Street I saw a second-hand copy of the book and I brought it for just P50! It was a great find, trust me.
The Diary of a Young Girl is the record of two years in the life of a remarkable Jewish girl named Anne Frank whose triumphant humanity in the face of unfathomable deprivation and fear has given us one of the most enduring documents of our time.
Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who lived during the Holocaust – the extermination of Jews by the Nazis during the World War II in Europe. She was nothing but a simple young girl whose greatest misfortune was being born a Jew at the wrong continent and at the wrong period of human civilization. She was born in Germany but later her family moved to Amsterdam to escape Adolf Hitler – the greatest prick in human history. The Franks, facing persecution and certain trip to concentration camps, were forced into hiding to survive. They found their hiding spot inside a factory building and they called it the Secret Annex. The Von Daan family joined them since the two men were business partners, and later, they included a dentist, Mr. Deusel. Eight people living together, hiding together in constant fear for two years. And little Ann maintained her diary all along.
The diary captured the first-hand accounts about the horrible consequences of war of what it’s like to be there hiding, living with their struggles, their relationships with one another, and little Anne’s coming of age story about romance with the young Von Daan lad. The diary opens to us intimate account of her feelings but most importantly it conveys a sense of spirit and hope. Anne is so brave and amazing to have such a high sense of optimism and hope. And despite their hard and hostile situation she remained that someone who believed in the goodness of every person inside their hearts.
It is also a good read also because the readers are given the rare opportunity to relive a young talent as she discovers her gift of writing. Here the book starts written by a silly girl but as you move along the months somehow you will notice the entries becoming more mature and intelligently written. You can hardly believe they are written by a girl who just reached puberty. She was a natural writer, a very good one.
Reading this book give a good deal of optimism to life and perhaps changed the way I look at it. I highly recommend it to everyone.