There are many important figures in history. Of them all, I believe that one person stood out to me the most. Anne Frank had a tragic, yet interesting life. She gained popularity after her death, mostly because of her diary that she wrote while in hiding. These events in her life that she wrote down in her diary would later become very important in history. I would give her advice for a few reasons. The reasons of which could’ve led her life to take a turn for the worse, or possibly the better.
Anne Frank was a Jewish girl from Germany, born in 1929. She fled to the Netherlands with her family when Adolf Hitler and the Nazis invaded Germany. In 1942, the Franks went into hiding in a secret Annex in Amsterdam along with another Jewish family, the van Pels. On her 13th birthday, she received a diary and named it ‘Kitty’. Ms. Frank and her family were arrested, possibly betrayed, in 1944. They were sent to concentration camps; Anne Frank, Margot Frank(Anne’s sister), and Mrs. van Pels were sent to Bergen-Belsen. Frank’s mother, Edith Frank, was transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. That was a women’s subcamp. Anne Frank died in March of 1945, along with her sister, Margot. Only Anne’s father, Otto Frank, survived. Otto Frank, was later liberated from Auschwitz by the Russians. He was given his daughter’s diary by Miep Gies, a member who stayed at the Annex with the Franks. On June 25, 1947, he published the diary, and printed 1,500 copies in Dutch. According to History.com, “Anne’s diary of her family’s time hiding, first published in 1947, has been translated into almost 70 languages and is one of the most widely read accounts of the Holocaust.”(Editors, History.com, par. 1). After Anne Frank’s death, both her diary and life became very popular and played an important role in the history of WW2.
Although Anne Frank became famous after her death, she still is very influential to this day. What if she was still alive today? That’s a question that comes into my mind when I usually think of her. Maybe somebody, or even I could’ve given her advice in some way. Anne Frank could’ve lived longer than she really did, or atleast survived the Holocaust. If Anne lived longer, she would’ve been able to get married and start a family. She also would’ve been known for more than just her negative aspects. Her diary, ‘Kitty’, would most likely be a significant symbol to the Holocaust, which could’ve given her awards; maybe even a Nobel Peace Prize. Learning from the events and traumatic sessions she was put through, Anne would’ve probably became an influential speaker and share her story; not just on paper, but through her own voice. Maybe, even more books than just Anne Frank’s diary would be written and read today if she lived longer. According to Washington Post, “There’s no doubt she would have have pursued her passion as a writer; it’s what she wanted to do, she wrote in 1944. But she was already a skilled and talented writer.”(Reese, Diana, par. 5). She, indeed would’ve left mark somehow.
The advice and plans that I’d give to Anne Frank would be risky, but I think it’d be worth a shot since she could’ve had a chance to make it out of the concentration camp and pursue her dream. One piece of advice that I’d give her would be to hide. She could’ve hid somewhere in the Annex when being evacuated by the Nazis. The secret Annex that the Franks hid in wasn’t very spacious, since they weren’t the only family living there. They had food and other necessities delivered to them by Otto’s former employees and friends, which was made them at high risk of getting caught. For two years, Anne recorded her events in ‘Kitty’, until August 1, 1944. Three days later, they were all captured by the Nazis. Many people point to different subjects to whom they believe betrayed everybody in the Annex. The Guardian says, “A new book has provided what it claims is fresh evidence that Anne Frank and her family were betrayed by a Jewish woman who was executed after the second world war for collaborating with the Nazis.”(Boffey, Daniel, par. 1). Her going into hiding for a second time would’ve given her a lesser chance of being caught in the same place again.
- Editors, History.com, “Anne Frank”. A&E Television Networks. November 9, 2009, https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/anne-frank-1. January 28, 2019
- Reese, Diana, “Anne Frank at 85: What would she have become had she lived?”. The Washington Post. June 12, 2014, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2014/06/12/anne-frank-at-85-what-would-she-have-become-had-she-lived/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ee285dabc4cb. February 7, 2019
- Boffey, Daniel, “Who Betrayed Anne Frank? Book claims to shed new light on mystery”. The Guardian. May 25, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/25/who-betrayed-anne-frank-book-claims-to-shed-new-light-on-mystery. February 7, 2019