Saturday, April 6, 2019

A to Z: Letters to Dead Writers: Anne Frank

This month I'm writing one post for each letter of the alphabet, all on the theme of "Letters to Dead Writers." You can see my theme reveal post here and learn more about the blogging challenge here.

Today's writer is Anne Frank

Dear Anne,

I'm still so sad that you didn't get to grow up. Clearly, you were going to be an amazing person. Your kindness and thoughtfulness shone through your words. I'm so grateful that you wrote them, even while the circumstances make me sick. Your diaries have been so important to helping generations understand the experience of Jewish people during World War II.

It's a hard topic, especially for children. But your personality came through your diaries so strongly. Reading them, a child like me could easily find herself in the pages and imagine what it might have been like to go through what your family did. You could have been us. We could have been you.

You held onto hope in the darkest of circumstances. So many of us could learn from you in that way. We become bitter and ugly when we've faced so much less.  But not you. Hiding, at risk of your life, you still wrote things like:

"I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart."
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

"No one has ever become poor by giving."
"The young are not afraid of telling the truth."

I haven't re-read your diaries as an adult. I'm not sure I could take it, now that I'm a mother myself. It's too horrible to contemplate. I miss you. I grieve for you and all our people. I'm grateful for your words.

Another diarist,


  1. Ever since I can remember, I've written a quote of hers in the front of every journal: "Paper is patient". Somehow, it gives me 'permission' to write whatever I need to in it.

    I especially love the second quote you included.

    Really enjoying this series!


    1. Thanks. It's been wonderful, writing these posts, just letting myself express my appreciation to all the writers out there that helped make me who I am, as a person and a writer.

  2. The other month when I was visiting my parents, they were watching a movie about her life. It made me curious about the book. I should pick it up and read it.