Anne Frank
by Otto M. Frank
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The diary as Anne Frank wrote it. At last, in a  new translation, this definitive edition contains  entries about Anne's burgeoning sexuality and  confrontations with her mother that were cut from  previous editions. Anne Frank's The Diary of a  Y... More

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It is quite amazing to read such well written prose by a 13 year old young girl. The school works done by HK monster parents pale in comparison. No wonder that the authenticity of the diary had been challenged ever since its publication.

"It's difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.

I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. Any yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too will end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. In the meantime, I must hold on to my ideals. Perhaps the day will come when I'll be able to realise them!"

The above paragraphs are found near the end of Anne's diary, which aptly serve as a kind of conclusion of her observation about the pain and suffering during the war. What made her so optimistic is a mystery to me and I truly admire her, but I would still insist that most people are wicked at heart. All people want to preserve are their own worthless lives and self-interest.