121. ANNE FRANK: It’s difficult in times like these
Anne Frank (1929-1945) was a young Holocaust victim who wrote the most famous diary in history. Frank and her Jewish family (including her older sister Margot, who is pictured with Anne in the comic) were forced to go into hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam in 1942. They stayed in a secret section of an office building for nearly three years before they were captured. Anne and Margot eventually perished at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, just weeks before it was liberated by Allied troops.
While in hiding Anne kept a diary which described in great detail her family relationships, living conditions and life under occupation. The diary became a refuge for Anne as she discovered her talent for writing and even started to dream of a career as a journalist:
“When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But, and that’s a big question, will I ever be able to write something great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer?”
Little did she know that her diary would become one of the most famous books in the world.
– The conflict depicted in the final panel is the Syrian civil war. Nearly 100,000 people have died since the conflict began in March 2011, with over 1/3 of them being civilians.
– Thanks to Tess and Patricia for submitting this quote.
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