This is the last known photo taken of Margot, left, and her sister Anne.

[Photo from "A History for Today: Anne Frank" ]

Diary of a Young Girl (excerpts )
By Anne Frank


There's in people simply an urge to destroy, an urge to kill, to murder and rage, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated, and grown will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again.

Diary of a Young Girl, entry dated May 3, 1944 (1947).

... we often ask ourselves here despairingly: "What, oh, what is the use of the war? Why can't people live peacefully together? Why all this destruction?" The question is very understandable, but no one has found a satisfactory answer to it so far. Yes, why do they make still more gigantic planes, still heavier bombs and, at the same time, prefabricated houses for reconstruction? Why should millions be spent daily on the war and yet there's not a penny available for medical services, artists, or for poor people?... Oh, why are people so crazy?

Diary of a Young Girl, entry dated May 3, 1944 (1947).

... in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquillity will return again.

Diary of a Young Girl, entry dated July 15, 1944 (1947).

Source: The Columbia World of Quotations. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996 Published July 2001

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