She was only 13 when she started writing on her diary the ordeals she and her family experienced during the cruel years of World War II.
Her name: Anne Frank.
She was not a famous novelist or a well-known writer. But the diary this teenager left at their hideout during the fearful times in Holland eventually became the basis for several plays and films.
Anne failed to see the end of World War II, failed to enjoy life after the war and failed to see the world thrive again. She was believed to have contracted a disease called typhus and eventually, she died on March 1945. (She was born on June 12, 1929.)
Although the war ravaged much of Europe, her diary managed to escape the destruction of World War II. Her diary was eventually retrieved and her father, Otto Frank, the lone survivor in the family, made the effort to publish it.
Her diary (The Diary of a Young Girl or The Diary of Anne Frank) was published and translated in more than 60 languages later on, chronicling her observations and experiences of World War II.
Here’s one entry in Anne’s diary, which was published by famous Christian author Harold Sala in his book Heroes:
“What, oh what is the use of war? Why can’t people live peacefully together? Why all this destruction? May God help us to remember there is but one race: the human race. If we fail to remember we are all made in the image of God, it could happen again.”
I don’t know Anne personally, but what struck me the most from her brief bio I read while ago was the kind of impact her diary had made since she passed away in 1945.
The portion Dr. Sala shared on Anne’s diary gives us an idea that there’s no such thing as a “super human race”, but only one human race, one that God made in his image.
Anne wrote her thoughts regularly on that simple piece of notebook, not knowing that what she shared would eventually impact millions of people around the world.
In today’s social media age, each one of us can be an “Anne Frank” in our generation. The status we write at Facebook, the tweets we post on Twitter and the blogs we post online can make a world of difference to our readers.
I hope and pray our thoughts will be one that would inspire people to change, encourage people to hope and push people closer to God.