. Acknowledged for the quality of her writing, her diary
has become one of the world's most widely read books, and has been the basis for several plays and films.
Born in the city of Frankfurt am Main in Weimar Germany
, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam
, in the Netherlands
. By nationality, she was officially considered a German
until 1941, when she lost her nationality owing to the anti-Semitic policies of Nazi Germany
(the Nuremberg Laws
For someone like me, it is a very strange habit to write in a diary. Not only that I have never written before, but it strikes me that later neither I, nor anyone else, will care for the outpouring of a thirteen year old schoolgirl.
Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
A "food cycle" is a period in which we have only one particular dish or type of vegetable to eat. For a long time we ate nothing but endive. Endive with sand, endive without sand, endive with mashed potatoes, endive-and-mashed-potato casserole...
Forgive me, Kitty, they don't call me a bundle of contradictions for nothing!
God never deserted our people. Right through the ages there were Jews. Through the ages they suffered, but it also made us strong.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.
I believe that in the course of the next century [as dated from June 13, 1944] the notion that it's a woman's duty to have children will change and make way for the respect and admiration of all women, who bear their burdens without complaint or a lot of pompous words!
I don't want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that's why I'm grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop and to express all that's inside me!