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Smile of a Young Girl

“It seems to me that [nobody] will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year old school girl. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I feel like writing.”

Anne Frank mural by Jimmy C, Hackescher Markt,  Berlin,  May 2017

Thank goodness she did feel like writing.  Anne’s Diary of a Young Girl has allowed us to appreciate the thoughts, ideals and dreams of a teenager during her two years hiding away from the German occupation of Amsterdam.  Sadly, her tale halted in August 1944 when Anne and her family were shipped to Auschwitz.

A distressing story, I know, but one with lessons and ideals that we should all learn from.

“The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”

The Anne Frank Zentrum, at Rosenthaler Strasse 39 in Berlin, is a great place to learn more.  It focuses on her life, but also includes the voices and images of young people of current Berlin, uniting the thoughts and concerns of the present with the lessons of the past.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

I will leave you with a final quote from Anne:

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.

Anne Frank Zentrum, Rosenthaler Straße 39, 10178 Berlin. Opening hours: 10.00 – 18.00. Closed Mondays.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 4 April 2018

Posted as part of Smile

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