D is for The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – This book has made numerous appearances on my blog already (which readers familiar with my Top 10 posts might have already known!). I read this book when I was around the same age as Anne when she wrote it (about 13 years old). I borrowed it from our school library, and a few years later, I purchased my own edition of the book as I had borrowed it a few more times since the first time. Anne Frank inspired me in so many ways – big and small. I was inspired to keep a diary in her style (addressing my journal with her own name – in my case, it was Katy, inspired also by another favorite book – What Katy Did), even write in code and learn shorthand (like Anne – this lasted only a while though for me); to write more; to read more; to learn more about the time and places of Anne’s story; to be braver and stronger; to simply be more human.
While Anne Frank has inspired millions around the world, there is still so much we can do to make humanity better, starting with right around us. As I was writing this post, I also came across this news today and was saddened by it – antisemitism in the 21st century (and so any other hate crimes too, yes, but this caught my eye even more glaringly as I was writing about Anne Frank today, and also had read about International Holocaust Remembrance Day just earlier this week, it was celebrated January 27th).
As I read her diary, I marveled at how they survived and lived their everyday lives in the annex in the turmoil and horrors surrounding them, with the constant fear of discovery. And I marvel at the strength of the human spirit.
This post goes towards UBC (day 31,yay!) Just Jot It January, ABC Wednesday‘s round 22 – letter D (my theme for ABC Wednesday’s Round 22 as you might have already guessed, is children’s books – I will pick one popular (and sometimes the not so popular/the unknown) book – classic/modern/old/new… – and write about it – be it a backstory or facts or something else completely).