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Anne Frank

Birthdate: 12. June 1929
Date of death: 1945
Other names: Anna Franková, Анна Франк

Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank was a German-born Dutch-Jewish diarist. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl , in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It is one of the world's best known books and has been the basis for several plays and films.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, Netherlands, having moved there with her family at the age of four and a half when the Nazis gained control over Germany. Born a German national, she lost her citizenship in 1941 and thus became stateless. By May 1940, the Franks were trapped in Amsterdam by the German occupation of the Netherlands. As persecutions of the Jewish population increased in July 1942, the Franks went into hiding in some concealed rooms behind a bookcase in the building where Anne's father, Otto Frank, worked. From then until the family's arrest by the Gestapo in August 1944, she kept a diary she had received as a birthday present, and wrote in it regularly. Following their arrest, the Franks were transported to concentration camps. In October or November 1944, Anne and her sister, Margot, were transferred from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they died a few months later. They were originally estimated by the Red Cross to have died in March, with Dutch authorities setting 31 March as their official date of death, but research by the Anne Frank House in 2015 suggests it is more likely that they died in February.Otto, the only survivor of the Franks, returned to Amsterdam after the war to find that her diary had been saved by his secretary, Miep Gies, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947. It was translated from its original Dutch version and first published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl, and has since been translated into over 70 languages. Wikipedia

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„Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.“

—  Anne Frank

Variant translation: Laziness may appear attractive but work gives satisfaction.
6 July 1944
The Diary of a Young Girl (1942 - 1944)
Original: (nl) Luiheid mag aantrekkelijk schijnen, werken geeft bevrediging.
Variant: Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.

„The weak fall, but the strong will remain and never go under!“

—  Anne Frank

Variant: The weak die out and the strong will survive, and will live on forever
Source: The Diary of a Young Girl

„Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old.“

—  Anne Frank

Source: The Diary of a Young Girl

„Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.“

—  Anne Frank

15 July 1944
(1942 - 1944)
Original: (nl) Ouders kunnen alleen raad of goede aanwijzingen meegeven, de uiteindelijke vorming van iemands karakter ligt in zijn eigen hand.

„I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.“

—  Anne Frank

3 May 1944
(1942 - 1944)
Original: (nl) Ik ben vaak neerslachtig geweest, maar nooit wanhopig, ik beschouw dit onderduiken als een gevaarlijk avontuur, dat romantisch en interessant is. Ik beschouw elke ontbering als een amusement in mijn dagboek. Ik heb me nu eenmaal voorgenomen, dat ik een ander leven zal leiden dan andere meisjes en later een ander leven dan gewone huisvrouwen. Dit is het goede begin van het interessante en daarom, daarom alleen moet ik in de meest gevaarlijke ogenblikken lachen om het humoristische van de situatie.

„Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!“

—  Anne Frank

As quoted in Networking the Kingdom: A Practical Strategy for Maximum Church Growth (1990) by O. J. Bryson, p. 187; this is the earliest source yet found for this attribution.
Disputed

„People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but it doesn't stop you having your own opinions. Even if people are still very young, they shouldn't be prevented from saying what they think.“

—  Anne Frank

2 March 1944
(1942 - 1944)
Original: (nl) Men kan zeggen, je moet je mond houden, maar geen oordeel hebben bestaat niet. Niemand kan een ander zijn oordeel verbieden, al is die ander nog zo jong.
Source: The Diary of a Young Girl

„The young are not afraid of telling the truth.“

—  Anne Frank

Source: The Diary of a Young Girl

„Crying can bring relief, as long as you don't cry alone.“

—  Anne Frank

Source: The Diary of a Young Girl

„Sympathy, Love, Fortune… We all have these qualities but still tend to not use them!“

—  Anne Frank

Source: The Diary of a Young Girl

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