Anne Frank Original Diaries to be Exhibited

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Since I read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl for the first time as a schoolgirl, I’ve been inspired by the life and writings of the girl who was my earliest teacher on the atrocities of the Holocaust.  While a student in France during college, I was fortunate enough to travel to Amsterdam and visit the Anne Frank House Museum.  I remember touring the exhibit with tears in my eyes.  Anne’s words probably inspired many of us to put pen to paper and document our days.  I like to think that if she had survived the war and was living today, she likely would have been a blogger!

This year, my Adam read the diary for the first time.  His take on the musings of a girl his age was the source of many mother son conversations this Spring, as he started to keep his own journal.

This week, it was announced that in commemoration of what would have been her 80th birthday, the entire collection of Anne’s original writings will now be on rotating display in the museum that was once her “Secret Annexe”.  You can learn more about the collection here.

With summer upon us, it’s a great time to pick up Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and share it with our older children.  It’s also the perfect time to give them the gift of their own diary or journal and to encourage them to share what’s on their mind.  Anne once wrote, “And therefore I am grateful to God for giving me this gift, this possibility of developing myself and of writing, of expressing all that is in me.”  Her gift continues to inspire others!

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

4 Comments

  1. “I like to think that if she had survived the war and was living today, she likely would have been a blogger!”

    This is simplistic, ignorant, and frankly just insulting to her memory, her diary, and everything it means to people and the history that surrounds it. Your insipid writing should not be published in any form of public media.

    • I totally agree with you. But being a blogger would probably be merely one of the many things she would have accomplished, had she serviced the war. I don’t understand why Alice got offended. I’m sure the intention wasn’t to insult Anne Frank’s work, but rather to compliment today’s blogging society. But i suppose everyone has a right to their own opinion.

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