Anne Frank diary-keeper dies
The world as such , people with varied ethnic, cultural, national and linguistic backgrounds, would not have known that Fuehrer,the tyrant the like of whom the long human history has not known, had partly succeeded in exterminating lakhs of Jews in the countries he had occupied, but failed in his mission to destroy the bunch of papers,the diary Anne Frank had left behind. It is through the covers of a small red checkered cloth covered diary book, Anne Frank survives, recording a moving commentary on the war and its degeneration of the human spirit.
The diary's guardian, Miep Gies,to whom all those across the globe who cherish human values owe a deep sense of gratitude, for having guarded this extraordinary document and giving a new lease of life to this young girl, died at the age of 100 in Amsterdam on January 11, 2010. She was the last survivor of a group that helped Anne and her family hide from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World war II and kept her diary.
After Anne and her family were taken to concentration camps, separating her father Otto Frank, and mother and her sister Margot,(Anne died in the Camp in 1945, and Margot died earlier) Gies saved her diary . She handed over the diary to Otto, who survived the camp and published it in 1947.Anne became famous posthumously .Now translated in more than seventy languages, her diary remains one of the World’s best selling books, a poignant document of the ultimate shining nobility of her human spirit.
It was in this hide out, secret annexe, Anne spent her last twenty five months , living in constant fear, unconscious of the fact that she was going to make a great impact on human mind.
Miep Gies received several honours from several governments and institutions and last year had an asteroid named after her by the Astronomical Union, a well deserved recognition indeed. “There is nothing special about me “ a humble this Dutch non Jew lady wrote in a book first published in 1987.” I have never wanted a special attention .I was willing to do what was asked of me and what seemed necessary at that time” this noble lady said.
Those of you , who have not read “The Diary of Anne Frank” please do read and I have read and re-read her and experienced spasms of anguish and pain at the turn of events in her life with haunting thoughts that if a Dutch informer had not betrayed the family and had they stayed in the hide out just for eight more months Anne, her sister and mother would have been liberated as the War ended in May 1945.But God willed otherwise. But she lives in hearts of millions of those who have read her , heard about her or seen the cinemascope presentation “the Diary of Anne frank” by George Stevens.