|The Diary of a Young Girl|
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Her diary became an inspiration to me both as a writer and as an independent citizen. I didn't just get to know who Anne Frank was, in fact I think getting to know what kind of girl she was is just a small part of the diary. The bigger part lies in understanding her family and her own struggles in getting through the times of war, her courageous spirit to keep on dreaming of freedom in times where death could come knocking at any moment. The better words to describe this is probably "to try to understand" because we could never get it, not in a million years, unless we were ever to be put in the same position as the Jews were at that time.
I don't applaud her for her writing skills, because I know there are so many other legendary writers in this world with much, much better skills than her. But I applaud her for her spirit, which is something not many of us have. I admire her for her spirit to pour out everything she had in her heart into writing and just dwell in her passion upon words instead of drowning herself in misery in the midst of all the mess she had to go through. It's humiliating to reflect on the fact that many writers fell into depression after receiving their first rejection slip. I mean, the World War II compared to a rejection slip, seriously?
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"Still," she writes, "what does that matter? I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart."
In Memory of Anne Frank (June 12, 1929 - March 1945).
Quoted from The Diary of a Young Girl.
Saturday, 20 June, 1942, pg. 2