Today marks Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorating the victims of the systematic annihilation and oppression of millions during the Nazi regime. We honor them with a quote from Anne Frank, a Holocaust victim who remains a symbol of hope that this horrifying and tragic time in history should never be repeated.
Did you know?
Holocaust victim Anne Frank kept a diary detailing her adolescent life and personal thoughts while she, her family and others hid from the Nazis for two years during World War II. The family was ultimately discovered and sent to concentration camps where all but her father Otto perished. Her diary was found by family friend Miep Geis who gave it to her father.
After the war, Otto Frank, began to read Anne’s diary and realized that his daughter wanted to become a published author. Anne’s grieving father did everything he could to make that a reality and he got her book published in 1947. Now her diary, which has been translated into over 60 languages, is one of the most widely read books in the world.
However, in 1983, a school in Alabama filed a complaint with the American Library Association about the Diary of Anne Frank, saying it wanted to reject the book because it “was a real downer.” In other challenges, her book was banned because some passages were deemed “sexually offensive.” In 1998, her book was temporarily removed from the Baker Middle School in Corpus Christi, Texas after two parents complained the book was pornographic. It was reinstated after students protested the ban with a letter-writing campaign.
So today, as the world remembers the horrors of the Holocaust, let the power of Anne Frank’s words continue to send a message of strength, hope and tolerance.