August 1st 1944.
This date marks the last time Anne Frank entered a diary entry into something which is now known as “The diary of a young girl”. This diary has become incredibly well known to millions of people around the world and Anne Frank is known as one of the most discussed Jewish Victims of the Holocaust. Her diary documents her life in hiding during the time of the Germans occupation of the Netherlands during WW2 and Anne was as young as 15 when she died.
The diary entry itself reads; “[I] keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would like to be, and what I could be, if…there weren’t any other people living in the world” (quote taken from http://www.historyplace.com) 3 days after this quote, Anne was dead.
This diary entry to me reads as someone who is feeling very sad. This is showing a young 15 year old girl who just wants to becoming something/someone, but knows her current situation isn’t looking good at all knowing she may never become who she really wants to be. The fact that this is the last entry as well and the fact that she was wishing to be what she wanted to become in a world with no other people, just proves how bad the situation she was in actually was. Her life was at stake.
I do find things like this fascinating though, I think the fact that this person decided to document this as their last thought for their diary is very intriguing and it intrigues me so much as a historian. One day, I would like to visit the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam, I would love to pay my respects to someone who is known for being such a fascinating and intelligent young lady.
With love, Charlotte x