5 Reasons Anne Frank Still Inspires Today

The girl with the diary still lives on through her words.

An integral part to the history of the Holocaust was a teenage girl who kept a diary. Anne Frank is one of the most recognized figures from the Holocaust due to her bravery, and ultimate tragedy. She has mesmerized us with her words for years, and so we remember her on what would have been her 86th birthday. Here are a few of the reasons Anne Frank still inspires us today.

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She had incredible optimism

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"It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart."

Despite being a victim of one of the greatest horrors of our time, Anne was still able to find hope and faith in humanity. Anne was fully aware of the gravity of her situation, and still she refused to see the worst in people. Her words showed the world how strong one's will can be to not just survive, but to live, despite the odds.

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But she was also relatable

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"Outside, you don't hear a single bird, and a deathly, oppressive silence hangs over the house and clings to me as if it were going to drag me into the deepest regions of the underworld... I wander from room to room, climb up and down the stairs and feel like a songbird whose wings have been ripped off and who keeps hurling itself against the bars of its dark cage."

Anne's optimism didn't come without dark days, as one could expect from someone hiding in confinement. While her writing maintained its beauty through her depression, it still allowed readers to see that she did, in fact, feel the effects of what was happening, despite her efforts to see a bigger picture.

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She was so very brave

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"They mustn't know my despair, I can't let them see the wounds which they have caused, I couldn't bear their sympathy and their kind-hearted jokes, it would only make me want to scream all the more."

Not only was she brave for living in hiding for over two years, but for the way she handled herself. She wrote her feelings so as not to burden those around her with them. Also, as of March 28, 1944, she realized the importance of one day having her diary published.

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She was a phenomenal writer

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“Because paper has more patience than people.” 

Part of why Anne Frank has become so well-known over the years is that her memoir is captivating. While her story is undeniably an important historical account of the horrors of Nazi Germany, she also tells a story full of love, the meaning of life, and the world through a teenager's eyes. Her story isn't just one of historical tragedy, but it's a coming-of-age tale as well.

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She was wise beyond her years

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 “Although I'm only fourteen, I know quite well what I want, I know who is right and who is wrong. I have my opinions, my own ideas and principles, and although it may sound pretty mad from an adolescent, I feel more of a person than a child, I feel quite independent of anyone.” 

It's one thing to be able to live in hiding and write about it. It's another thing to do this at such a young age. Anne spent two of what would have been the most formative years of her adolescence holed up, yet she developed a wisdom far beyond her years. Her observations revealed her as an intellectual, and her mind flourished despite her circumstances.

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