Today, August 1 marks the 72nd anniversary of the last entry into Anne Frank’s diary. She wrote…”I keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would like to be, and what I could be, if…there weren’t any other people living in the world.”
Three days later she and her family were arrested, sent to Bergen-Belsen where she died on March 15, 1945 at the tender age of 15.
And yet, even though she was only 15 when she was killed, her diary and her message resonate to this day with oppressed people around the world. How a young girl’s words written in the darkest of days could be so hopeful and promising I will never know. I certainly would not have been able to be so optimistic knowing what was happening to other Jewish people and many other minorites.
Her diary is celebrated in many countries of the world as a sign of fighting despair and death. She never lived to know the powerful impact she would have on the people who would survive the death camps and those who were born decades later.
But her words and her face are powerful.
They are a symbol of light in darkness, of normalcy in the most abnormal of times