Anne Frank would have been 88 yesterday. We took some time to remember her life, and re read her words. We spent time looking at photographs of Anne, noting her clear eyed and steady gaze, her gentle and somewhat mischievous smile. And we paid a virtual visit to the secret annex – known today as the Anne Frank House. Then, we wrote Anne to tell her spirit that she still lives within the best of each of us, and that we hope to honor her memory by living in a way that would live up to her hopes for humanity and the world it inhabits.
Some of what we wrote….
Here is what your words mean to me – even though one may lose something when giving it to others, they do not become poor because they have given all they could and improved our world. You become richer by giving, and you grow a little each time. It’s important that the world knows this. I think that if everybody in the world gave, we would have a little less hate and war and sadness.
Although you went through extremely hard times, you still managed to see the good in people. Everyone should learn that even through dark times, a light will always shine through. If we believe the world is beautiful, maybe we can make it beautiful…We can make the world a better place if we would only try. ~ Elena
That single candle was you, you defied and defined the Holocaust. ~ Amelia
Everybody could improve the world. Even in times without hope, you believed that hate wasn’t the answer, and your spirit never ceased to be fun and outgoing. You were optimistic, and even in darkness you were able to see light. You were able to improve the world in your own way – with your diary that taught people important lessons about love and seeing the good in people. ~ Liza
What you said really taught me something: you can define your own life. Even if something is bad, you can choose not to let it bring you down. You can be the candle in the darkness that is hate and fear. ~ Robbie