Who hasn’t heard about Anne Frank and her prominant diary? The diary of a young girl in the pandemic just hits different. While there are a few similarities like remembering the past normal days, getting used to the new normal and the wishful thinking of the future to come. The lockdown which I or anyone experience is starkly different from what Anne Frank did in Secret Annex. May be if the virus pandemic and war raged on people could have a parallel, then yes.
13-year-old Anne Frank witnessed the holocaust, there was constant fear of death, her life was beyond the horrible catastrophe, and still found hopeful words and the spirit to tell the tale.
Here are some heartrending words taken from The diary of a young girl, published in the year 1947.
“I don’t think I’ll ever feel at home in this house, but that dosn’t mean I hate it. It’s more like being on vacation in some strange pension. Kind of an odd way to look at life in hiding, but that’s how things are.”
“Our freedom was severly restricted by a series of anti-jewish decress: Jews were required to wear a yellow star; Jews were forbidden to use street cars; Jews were forbidden to ride in cars, even their own; Jews were required to do their shopping between 3 and 5 P.M ; Jews were forbidden to attend theaters, movies or any other forms of entertainment; Jews were forbidden to use swimming pools, tennis courts, hockey fields; Jews were forbidden to sit in their gardens or those of their friends after 8 P.M, etc. ” you couldn’t do this and you couldn’t do that”, but life went on. Jacque always said to me, “I don’t dare do anything anymore, ’cause I’m afraid it’s not allowed.””
May you words never rest in peace, Anne.
Humankind’s biggest tragedy as said in the words of a 13 year old.
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