Anne Frank: Courage, Sorrow and a Lasting Legacy

  • 1. A Long-Awaited Friend

  • Narrator

    June 12, 1942, was the last “normal” birthday Anne Frank would ever celebrate.

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  • But she had no inkling of that when she woke up at 6 a.m. that day in the family apartment in Amsterdam, the largest city in the Netherlands.

  • Anne knew she’d get in trouble if she woke her parents that early.

  • So she stayed in her room.

  • By 6:45 a.m., however, she couldn’t stand it.

  • She went into the dining room and played with her beloved cat, Moortje.

  • A little past 7:00, she roused her parents, Edith and Otto, so they could join her as she opened her presents in the living room.

  • What a lovely sight awaited her!

  • For her 13th birthday, the table was heaped with gifts.

  • Tucked among the many gifts were a bouquet of roses, some peonies and a potted plant.

  • What caught Anne’s eye, however, was a red, white, and green checkered autograph book.

  • Narrator

    She had seen it earlier in the week when she was shopping with her father and was instantly drawn to it.

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  • She thought it would make the perfect diary.

  • Her father saw how it made her eyes light up, and decided to buy it for her birthday.

  • Anne had high hopes for the little book.

  • As she would later write, it was that “long-awaited friend” in whom she could confide her innermost secrets.

  • She even gave it a name:

  • Kitty.

  • Although Anne had lots of friends, she didn’t consider any of them trustworthy enough to be a true confidante.