Datebook: June 12 - Anne Frank Begins Her Diary 70 Years Ago

Jun 12, 2012

Time Magazine put 15-year-old Anne Frank on their list of The Most Important People of the Century, stating: "With a diary kept in a secret attic, she braved the Nazis and lent a searing voice to the fight for human dignity." The diary began with this date, her 13th birthday: June 12, 1942. 

In 1933, after losing her German citizenship (Nuremberg Laws), Frank's family fled to Amsterdam, where they were trapped after Nazi occupation. In 1942, they went into hiding in rooms of Anne's father, Otto Frank's, office building. Her group was betrayed in 1944, and they were sent to concentration camps. Anne and her sister Margot wound up in Bergen-Belsen, where they died of typhus in March 1945. Otto Frank found her diary after the war, and published it in 1947. It was published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl. Eleanor Roosevelt said it was "one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war and its impact on human beings that I have ever read." JFK said "no voice is more compelling than that of Anne Frank." Nelson Mandela said reading the book in prison gave him encouragement. Soviet writer Ilya Ehrenburg said, "one voice speaks for six-million - the voice not of a sage or a poet but of an ordinary little girl."


It’s Tuesday, June 12

There’s a 5K run/walk and kids’ fun run promoting ALS awareness this Saturday at the Marshall County High School cross country track.  The pre-registration fee is $25, or $30 on the day of the event.  The one-mile walk is free.  To register visit

The Pennyroyal Arts Council presents Mash Bash for the Arts with Bawn in the Mash Saturday night from 5 to 9.  Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy barbeque and live music on the lawn at the RB Roland Distillery in Pembroke.  There will also be a silent auction of artwork by regional artists.  Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. 

The Yeiser Art Center hosts a workshop titled “Doodling with Bill” on Saturday, June 23, from 12:30 to 2. Artist Bill Ford teaches middle and high school students about the history and art of doodling. The class fee is $25. Reserve a seat by calling 442-2453.

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