On This Day: June 12th

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On June 12th 1942 Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth birthday. The diary which she documented the events in her life as the horror of the Nazi’s took her home and eventually her life, she died less than three years after receiving that diary in February or March 1945.

Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1929, she lived most of her life in Amsterdam however. Her diary was about her living under the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands and her hiding from the Nazi’s. Her diary, called The Diary of a Young Girl, is now one of the world’s most widely known books and has been the basis for several plays and films. In August 1944 Anne Frank was betrayed and sent to a concentration camp by the Nazi’s, Anne and her sister died weeks before the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated. Otto Frank, the only survivor of the family, returned to Amsterdam after the war to find that Anne’s diary had been saved by one of the helpers, Miep Gies, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947. It was translated from its original Dutch version and first published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl, and has since been translated into over 60 languages.

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