Anne Frank left behind a stunning document which has provided the world a powerful reminder of the horrors of war. Thematurity, sensitivity, and courage displayed within the pages also serve as a testament to the human spirit. August 1st, 1944 is the last entry in the diary. We will mark the occasion by playing selections from an album released by CMS Records in 1968. Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl is read for us by Elinor (Basescu) Randal and was produced by Leon Golovner.
Initially, Anne wrote her diary strictly for herself. Then, one day in 1944, a member of the Dutch government in exile, announced that he hoped to collect eyewitness accounts of the suffering of the Dutch people under the German occupation. As an example, he specifically mentioned letters and diaries. Anne decided that when the war was over she would publish a book based on her diary. Because she did not survive, the task fell instead to her father. Anne's diary has now been published in more than 60 different languages.