Don’t you love diving into a book, finishing that last page, and then sitting back and smiling, feeling a hint of remorse knowing that you will never experience that initial feeling with that same book again? Yet you find years later, that book still impacted your life in some way and will always teach you many life lessons. On this day in 1947, The Diary of Anne Frank would do just that for classrooms, individuals, educators, and others for many generations to come. It still continues to do so today.
Anne Frank’s personal diary entries were published by her father, Otto Frank, for millions to read and become inspired. The entries tell of her time spent in hiding during World War II for two years. Even in our society today, we see reference to this diary in so many movies. We see so many young people relating to Anne because of the struggles she went through, some of which they are going through, as well. Sixty-eight years after its initial publication, Anne’s diary has sold millions of copies. We can only hope that her message will be carried on for hundreds of years to come, helping to build tolerance and understanding and put an end to hatred and ignorance. Works of literature that leave such a lasting impression are hard to come by. So when you find one, read it, enjoy it, and pass it on to someone who might need it.