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Thursday, April 07, 2016

Anne Frank's Words

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I can't believe I've never read The Diary of Anne Frank, but I've just finished the play version. Of course, I'm speechless, that such a diary of a teenage girl who was eventually killed by the Nazis exists. She was such a fighter.

One of the last words of the play is certainly worth remembering: "In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.

6 comments:

Joe said...

It is sweet that this young girl was able to see goodness in people.

Yet I cannot give unqualified agreement to her sentiments.

More accurate, in my opinion, are the words of Doctor Viktor Frankl, a psychiatrist, who was imprisoned in the concentration camp at Auschwitz (and other Nazi concentration camps) during the Second World War.

“From all this we may learn that there are two races of men in this world, but only these two—the “race” of the decent man and the “race” of the indecent man. Both are found everywhere; they penetrate into all groups of society. No group consists entirely of decent or indecent people. In this sense, no group is of “pure race”—and therefore one occasionally found a decent fellow among the camp guards.”

― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Alicia Benjamin said...

Joe,

Thank you for pointing to the profound words of Viktor Frankl. Of course, he had lived through the horror by the time he wrote Man's Search for Meaning. Anne had not yet experienced the brutality of the camps. And she also was such a young girl when she wrote the diary.

I agree with Frankl too -- both kinds of humans, decent and indecent, are found everywhere.



Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing anne frank's words. as an english major it was part of the curriculum. as an educator i used it as part of studying diaries as a genre to my 4th and 5th graders. very inspiring for healing and forgiving. hope all is well with you and your daughter.

Alicia Benjamin said...

Her family's story is unbelievable. I'm so glad that I finally read about it. Of course, their time of hiding made me think of the escaped slaves on the Underground railroad. Would love to find a detailed story of a family that traveled those forests and roads.

We're doing well! I hope you and your family are doing well also.

Anonymous said...

you gave me an idea. i am going to search for info that might lead to such a story. i will keep you posted.

Alicia Benjamin said...

Does that mean you're going to write it? I'm excited!