June 12, 1942: The Birthday Present

 

ANNE FRANK: THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL

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On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday. A month later, she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis in rooms behind her father’s office, before being discovered by the Gestapo two years later and taken to Auschwitz.
The book was bound with red-and-white checkered cloth and had a small lock on the front. Anne began writing in it almost immediately.
In her first entry, Anne wrote to her diary as if it was a personal friend; “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.”

 

 

 

 

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