Many people think of Anne Frank as a Dutch girl, but she was born – and died – in
Germany. This month marks the 70thanniversary of her death – only nine months
after she recorded the final entry in her diary while hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex
in Amsterdam, which had become her home town after her Jewish family had fled the Nazis.
Her full name was Annelies Marie Frank, and that last entry in the diary given to her by her
father was made on 1st August, 1944. She was 15 years old. Three days later her hiding
place was raided following a tip-off. She and her family were taken to Auschwitz
concentration camp. Anne and her sister were later transferred to Bergen-Belsen,
where they died of typhus.
Their father Otto, a former German soldier and businessman who was the only member
of his family to survive the death camps, was impressed and deeply moved when he discovered what his daughter had written. He arranged for parts of it to be published, and it is now known universally as The Diary of Anne Frank. It has been filmed many times, adapted for the stage and translated into
It tells the inspiring story of how eight people survived the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam
by living for over two years in a dark, concealed part of Otto’s company building,
protected and fed by – among others – two Christians who ran the company on the
Throughout the diary runs a thread of faith, hope and love, tinged with despair. A
fortnight before she was captured, the teenager wrote: “I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that
peace and tranquility will return.”
What a wonderful and beautifully inspiring true story.
I wonder how many of us today would have the same courage as Anne Frank and her family if we were suddenly faced with similar challenges and potentially fatal captivity?
But, of course, if we place our trust fully in our Father God then we shall be able to overcome all possible adversity that we may encounter during our lives here on earth!
With many peaceful blessings