6 July

'A voice within me is sobbing, "You see, that's what has become of you. You're surrounded by negative opinions, dismayed looks and mocking faces, people who dislike you, and all because you don't listen to the advice on your own better half. "Believe me, I'd like to listen, but it doesn't work, because if I'm quiet and serious, everyone thinks I am putting on new act and I have to save myself with a joke'. Anne Frank

July 6, 2009 · 1 min read

At 5.30 am on 6 July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family began to leave their home for the last time. The day before, her sister Margot had received call-up papers ordering her to report for relocation to a work camp. The family took refuge in a secret annex of an Amsterdam warehouse where they remained until their discovery on 4 August 1944.

‘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. It’s utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering and death … I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.’


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