Jan. 22 (Wednesday)

The Face of the Holocaust
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 Annelies Marie Frank
Full Name: Annelies Marie Frank
Born: June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl who allegedly perished in a German concentration camp during World War II. Frank gained fame through a diary that documented her experiences hiding from the Germans during the occupation of the Netherlands.

Frank was born a German national, though the family moved to Amsterdam in 1933, the year the Nazis gained control over Germany. By 1940, they were trapped in Amsterdam, where they went into hiding in some concealed rooms in the building where Anne’s father worked. Eventually, the group was betrayed and transported to concentration camps.

The only family member who survived was Anne’s father, Otto Frank, who returned to Amsterdam and found Anne’s diary, which was published in English as The Diary of a Young Girl. Optimistic in the face of adversity, Anne wrote, “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”

Anne Frank had a counterpart in Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who was a victim of the destruction of Hiroshima by an atomic bomb. Sadly, no children publicized the plight of the Gypsies who were also murdered in Nazi concentration camps. Nor have any children become prominent symbols of the United States’ bloody wars in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Of course, any diaries discovered by the U.S. military or the CIA are likely destroyed. If Anne Frank had been an Iraqi, we would probably have no evidence that she ever existed.

In fact, some conspiracy theorists maintain that Anne Frank’s diary is a fraud.