Anne Frank Original Diary

Happy 91st Birthday, Anne Frank!

It is hard to believe that if Anne Frank were still alive today, she would be celebrating her 91st birthday today! 

Annelies ‘Anne’ Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt Germany to Otto and Edith Frank. Anne had one older sibling, a sister named Margot. The Franks were a Jewish family living in a time and place where being a Jew was dangerous. That is why on July 6, 1942 Anne Frank’s family went into hiding. They would remain in hiding until they were found and arrested on August 4, 1944. Sadly, just weeks before the end of the war, Anne Frank died from illness in Auschwitz. Anne Frank was among many children that perished during the Holocaust. 

The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Free Resources

Anne Frank’s Famous Diary

Shortly before Anne Frank and her family went into hiding, Anne received a very special gift for her thirteenth birthday on June 12, 1942. That very special gift was a blank diary. Throughout her time in hiding, Anne filled this diary and several notebooks with fascinating day-to-day occurrences, her deepest secrets, random thoughts, jokes, stories, and more. 

Anne Frank Original Diary

Through her diary, Anne Frank has offered us a unique glance into her life and what is was like to live as a Jew in hiding during the Holocaust. Through it she also achieved one of her greatest dreams.

“I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” ― Anne Frank

And go on living she most certainly did. Here almost 78 years since she wrote her very first diary entry, people from all around the globe keep her alive by reading the pages of The Diary of a Young Girl. While writing it as simple letters to an imaginary friend named Katy, I am certain that Anne Frank could never have imagined how frequently read and discussed her writing would be. Her words of wisdom and insight have captivated readers for generations, as well as the story behind the entrance to the secret annex….

If you are interested in reading her diary, you can find links to the book and audiobook at the end of this post, as well as links to other books about Anne Frank like Who Was Anne Frank by Ann Abramson and The Cat Who Lived With Anne Frank by David Lee Miller.

Celebrate Anne Frank’s Birthday

You can celebrate Anne Frank’s birthday with these FREE resources. Simply click on the links that interest you and follow where they take you. If you have any free resources that you would like me to add to this list, please let me know about them!

Learning About Anne Frank

Virtual Tour the Secret Annex

More Free Resources

Resources That Aren’t Free

Pick and choose from the resources above and use them to teach your kids about Anne Frank. She was a remarkable young girl with so much life left in her that was stolen away. Today she would have turned 91 years old and even though she only lived to be fifteen, we can keep her alive in memory be sharing her story with the next generation.

Anne Frank Original Diary

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