The Diary Of A Young Girl [and why Netflix’s new documentary ‘#AnneFrank – parallel stories’ should be on your watch list]


The diary of a young girl is one of the most widely read book across the world and for those who haven’t read it yet are bound to have heard about the same. This book is not only a creation of literature and art but also a part of our history and the horrors. This book is a reminder as to how war is a degradation of human spirit. This isn’t like some of your other book which you have to think before you pick or go by it’s ratings, this is a book that you must choose to know, to understand and to learn from it. Before I start with quoting few of my favourite lines from the series, I would like to tell you guys what all this blog is not going to be about- there is going to be absolutely no mention of any dates, year or places as in what happened where but rather I want all my lovely readers out there to step into the shoes of Anne Frank with me in order to feel the wrong-doings and the injustice that have been made, to mourn for the ones who are gone and survivors alike and to remember.

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.

” Dear Kitty…”, Kitty was the friend Anne had created out of her imagination which was her diary as she poured her heart into it as she had said it very well,”paper has more patience than people.”

I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.

So what made a 14 year old Anne Frank the symbol of the horrors faced under Nazi rule and the voice of those millions Jewish victims of the holocaust is her plain words speaking volumes, echoing among everyone who chose to stay quiet, to not resist. Anne Frank through her words has left her mark as how even in the darkness she fought to be the source of light and how humanity failed her.

It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart

In her infamous diary she wrote two years of her life that she had spent hiding in Amsterdam along with her family and few others. This diary records her hopes for a future ahead, observations of her companions as her feelings kept fluctuating towards them and not to forget at the end of the day she her clashes with her parents just like any other teenager.

As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?

Imagine one day you have to drop out of school, go into hiding, lose your freedom and all because one man had a perspective of a master race, because one man thought your race was not worthy enough to live and the hundreds followed him and the rest looked the other way.

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

Even till the end of her diary, till the very last chapter she had written of being hopeful, her tragic end has been etched in the heart of everyone who has read her. We shall remember.

#AnneFrank – parallel stories

When netflix came up with this documentary, I just knew I had to watch it and was it worth my time? Absolutely, yes. The oscar winning actress Helen Mirren hasn’t failed to move us with her voice and expressions as she narrates Anne’s story through her diary. The diary of a young girl as it ends with Anne, this documentary goes beyond as it unfolds the horrors faced by the people who survived. It speaks about the next generation, it tells us about what the last witnesses of the genocide has to say and what all they will be leaving behind. In parallel to this we see Actress Gengher Gatti visiting the places and remembering Anne Frank and many others who had lost their lives.

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