On This Day (April 30) : The Diary Of Anne Frank Published In English

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30 April 1952

Anne Frank's diary is translated to English for release in the UK 


With over 25 million copies sold and being cemented as one of the greatest books of the century, The Diary of Anne Frank offered an incredible insight into one girls experience of the Holocaust. 

Anne was living in hiding with her Mother, Father, Sister and four others in occupied Holland, after fleeing Nazi Germany in 1933. When their whereabouts eventually became clear, the Frank's were taken to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Her father, Otto survived the camp with the females sadly passing away, Anne just before her sixteenth birthday. 

On Otto's return to Holland, various papers were given to him that had been recovered from the Gestapo raid, including his daughters diary. With a surprising account of their time in hiding, he was astonished at Anne's writing ability at such a young age. The diary was first published in Dutch in 1947 with the title 'Het Achterhuis' (The Secret House), with the English translation and re-titling coming five years later.

Three weeks before her arrest, Anne wrote on 12 July 1944 "I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us... I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up into the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too will end, that peace and tranquility will return once more." A perfect example of how her words resonated far beyond her teenage years. 



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