Google Doodle Today: Today’s slideshow doodle honors Jewish German-Dutch diarist and Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Although only written between the ages of 13–15, his personal account of the events of the Holocaust and war remains one of the most poignant and widely read accounts to date.
Illustrated by doodle art director Thok Meier, the 14 slides feature actual excerpts from his diary, describing what he and his friends and family experienced in hiding for more than two years. Today marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of his diary, widely regarded as one of the most essential books in modern history.
The excerpts begin with a caveat: “This post contains mention of the Holocaust, which may be sensitive to some readers.”
See original excerpts from his diary here
Anne Frank’s Early Life
Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt, Germany, but her family soon moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands, to escape the discrimination and violence faced by millions of minorities at the hands of the rising Nazi Party.
World War II ignited when Anne was 10 years old, and soon after, Germany invaded the Netherlands, bringing the war to her family’s doorstep. The Jewish people were particularly targeted by the Nazi regime, facing imprisonment, execution, or forced relocation in inhumane concentration camps.
Unable to live and practice freely and safely, millions of Jews were forced to flee their homes or hide. In the spring of 1942, Anne’s family did just that by hiding in a secret annex in their father’s office building to avoid persecution.
The Frank family, like millions of others, was forced to act quickly and leave almost everything behind to find security. Among some of Anne’s possessions was a simple gift she received a few weeks earlier on her thirteenth birthday: a checkered hardback notebook. It soon became his vehicle for changing the world forever.
Hiding over the next 25 months, she filled her pages with heartfelt details of teen life in a “secret contract,” from the smallest details to her deepest dreams and fears. Hoping that her diary entries could be published after the war, Anne consolidated her writings into a cohesive story entitled “Het Echterhuis” (“The Secret Annex”).
15. but died
On August 4, 1944, the Frank family was captured by the Nazi Secret Service, arrested, and taken to a detention center where they were forced to work hard. They were then forcibly deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, where they lived in cramped, unhygienic conditions.
A few months later, Anne and Margot Frank were taken to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. In addition to the brutal, intentional killings of prisoners by Nazi forces, deadly diseases spread rapidly. Eventually, Anne and Margot succumb to the inhumane conditions they were forced to live in. Anne Frank was just 15 years old.
diary of anne frank
Although Anne Frank did not survive the horrors of the Holocaust, her account of those years, commonly known as “The Diary of Anne Frank”, was the most widely read of the non-fiction ever published. Has become one of the tasks to go. Translated into more than 80 languages, Frank’s memoir is a staple in today’s classrooms, used as a tool to educate generations of children about the Holocaust and the horrific dangers of discrimination and tyranny.
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