78 Years Ago, Anne Frank Penned Her Last Diary Entry

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| LAST UPDATE 08/02/2022

By Elena White
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Anne Frank's story inspired millions. A true tale of courage, accurately depicting the horrors of the Nazi terror regime. As a young Jewish girl sat in hiding, in extremely close proximities to her family, she found comfort by writing in her diary, detailing her hopes and dreams, her fears and anxieties. In a small attic annex in a home in Nazi-occupied Holland, the Frank family desperately hoped their location wouldn't be revealed. Sadly, after twenty-five months in hiding, an anonymous source tipped off the Gestapo, and they were sent off to the concentration camps. A few days before their capture, Anne unknowingly penned her last diary entry…

August 1, 1944: "As I've told you many times, I'm split in two. One side contains my exuberant cheerfulness, my flippancy, my joy in life, and, above all, my ability to appreciate the lighter side of things. By that, I mean not finding anything wrong with flirtations, a kiss, an embrace, an off-color joke. This side of me is usually lying in wait to ambush the other one, which is much purer, deeper, and finer."

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Anne goes on to joke that she has a mistaken reputation for being "boy-crazy as well as a flirt, a smart aleck and a reader of romances." Detailing further, the fifteen-year-old explains, "The happy-go-lucky Anne laughs, gives a flippant reply, shrugs her shoulders, and pretends she doesn't give a darn. The quiet Anne reacts in just the opposite way. If I'm being completely honest, I'll have to admit that it does matter to me, that I'm trying very hard to change myself, but that I'm always up against a more powerful enemy."

Anne's last diary entry reveals much about her personality, mainly her positive and hopeful energy even in the worst of times. Tragically, the "more powerful enemy" eventually succeeded in taking her life, and she passed away at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945 after contracting typhus. Her father, Otto, was the only Frank family member to survive the war, later deciding to publish his daughter's diary in 1947. 'The Diary Of A Young Girl' is now a worldwide best seller. 

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