In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart. – Anne Frank.
How can it be that such a young girl who faced such terrible persecution and violation of her human rights could still find it within her to believe that deep down people are good and have good intentions, however deep those may be hidden. It still puzzles me now even after having known about Anne Frank’s story for years.
She, along with millions of other Jews, suffered immensely during Hitler’s reign of terror yet she could still see the spark of goodness in people.
I wonder why? Was it her faith? Was it her upbringing? Know one will ever know. Anne, unfortuantely, is just one of millions of Jewish youngsters who died too soon. Who were snatched from this world for what? For what reason did they die? Oh, because Hitler said so.
It sickens me to even consider that Hitler had even an ounce of goodness within this, yet Anne Frank could and she was the one who suffered at his command.
Maybe Anne wasn’t including Hitler when she said this. Maybe she just meant humanity as a whole has goodness within them, even though they allowed the Holocaust to go on for way to long (not entirely their fault though, many, many, soldiers from all around the world lost their lives in an attempt to stop Hitler and I am no way devaluing the sacrifice they made). Maybe Anne believed that her and the rest of her race’s suffering would eventually have a good outcome and ensure that something as tragic as the Holocaust never happened again. Maybe she knew that she didn’t deserve to be persecuted. All of these questions will remain unanswered for eternity. We can only imagine what Anne and other Jews had to go through and how that affected them.
None of this should have ever, ever happened but maybe Anne Frank knew that the world would be righted. Her life should never have been taken out of sheer spite along with all other 6 million Jews who died at Hitler’s hand, but maybe Anne’s faith led her to die in hope that future generations would never have to suffer her fate. I hope so, I really do. I hope that every single person who died in concentration camps, death camps or even in hiding or on the run from Hitler, anyone who died because of him, died with hope.
Yes, Hitler could deny them of their dignity and decency, humiliate them, treat them as ‘sub-humans’ but after all he savagely took from them, I hope he never took their faith and their hope. I hope that at least they died with that, even though they deserved so much more.
These people all deserved their lives – who knows who they could have become? What they could of achieve? And now we will never know.
If there is one thing I do know, however, it is that the Frank family and all the other Jewish, communist, homosexual ect people who lost their lives during the Holocaust were and are still an inspiration to us all. They showed us that in all the adversity they faced, they still remained true to themselves, their faiths, their political beliefs, their sexualities and by doing so they died dignified – yet so, so unecessary – deaths.
I will always continue to be inspired by people like Anne and I will never forget the sacrifice they made to ensure our generation will never have to endure such persecution again. Yes, our world is flawed, but because of all of those who lost their lives in this terrible time, there is one less flaw in the world.
No matter what adversity I face, Anne Frank has taught me that staying true to yourself allows you to see the ‘good’ in humamity and allows you to live in hope if a better future for not just you but those generations after you.
As is repeated on 11th November at 11am every year in the UK to remember our fallen soldiers,
For our tomorrow, they gave our today.
Anne and others like her were an ‘army’ of a different kind who we should also remember. Not just on Holocaust Memorial Day, or even Armistace day, but every, single day.