Anne Frank (アンネ・フランク) would have turned 84 years old today, June 12th 2013, if she were still alive.
Have you ever read “The Diary of Anne Frank” (アンネの日記) ?
She received the diary as a present from her parents on her thirteenth birthday.
She began writing in it immediately and continued for two years until she and her family were captured by Nazis in early August 1944 when she was fifteen.
Her father was the only member of her family to survive the hard-labor concentration camp.
He had her diary published after the war when a family friend, who had kept Anne’s diary safe, returned it to him.
“The Diary of Anne Frank” wasn’t immediately successful in Europe, and it was mildly successful at first in America…but it was an immediate bestseller in Japan!
In her diary, Anne wrote:
“I want to be useful to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!”
“Will I ever be able to write something great?“
She definitely wrote “something great”…and she’ll go on living forever!
– Anne Frank, RIP
June 12th 1929 – March ?, 1945