“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart,” wrote a young girl in her diary in July 1944. Her name was Anne Frank. She and her family had been in hiding for two years, living together in a cramped attic.
This is because the Frank family was Jewish, and millions of Jews in Europe were being captured and sent to concentration camps. There, they were either killed or forced to work in terrible conditions. This was the evil plan of Adolf Hitler, which is now known as the “Holocaust”.
One month after she wrote those hopeful words, Anne and her family were discovered. In the end, only her father, Otto, survived. He published Anne’s diary to teach the world about what had happened.
Each year, Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on January 27. That was the day in 1945 when soldiers freed the people trapped in one of the largest concentration camps, Auschwitz.
The day is a chance to remember the people killed by the Nazis, and to think about how to stop something similar from ever happening again.
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An animated introduction to the life of Anne Frank — finishing on the day she and her family are arrested.
- Discuss this Anne Frank quote with your class: “In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.” What do you think she meant by this?
- Imagine that you live in Europe in 1939, at the very start of the Second World War. Write a diary entry about your life, inspired by Anne Frank.