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Google doodle honours Holocaust victim Anne Frank


The Diary of a Young Girl, one of the most well-known novels in the world, was published 75 years ago on June 25, and the Google doodle today, June 25, honoured that occasion. The first edition of Anne Frank’s private notebook, “The Diary of a Young Girl,” which she wrote while hiding with her family from the German occupation during World War II, appeared in 1947.

One of the most striking stories of the Second World War to have survived is Anne Frank’s diary. Today’s Google doodle honours the event with a heartbreaking sequence of sketches that portray moments from Anne Frank’s life as a Jewish teen hiding in Holland from German occupation. It contained passages taken from her journal, which she kept while evading the Nazis with her family.

With the 1947 release of The Diary of a Young Girl, Annelies Marie Frank—a German-Dutch diarist of Jewish heritage—became famous to the world as one of the Holocaust’s most talked-about Jewish victims. As a birthday present, Anne had gotten a journal, and she kept it frequently.

The journal chronicles her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, while the Netherlands was under German control for the majority of the Second World War. Today’s doodle included sketches and details from her journal that showed the Frank family’s hiding location was within her father Otto Frank’s business building.

On August 4, 1944, the Gestapo arrested her family, and after their detention, her family was sent to concentration camps. After being sent from Auschwitz to the concentration camp in Bergen-Belsen, Anne and her sister Margot passed dead a few months later.

The journal has reportedly been translated into more than 70 languages as of this writing. The journal eventually rose to become one of the best-selling books in history and served as the basis for several films.

Otto Frank, Anne’s father, was the only member of the Frank family to live. After the war was over, Otto visited Amsterdam and discovered that his secretary, Miep Gies, had kept a copy of his daughter Anne’s journal. In 1947, Otto decided to make Anne Frank’s diary public.