In commemoration of Anne's 85th birthday...

On June 12, 1942 Anne Frank receives a diary for her 13th birthday from her father, Otto. Her first entry is dated 12 July 1942 where she writes:
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.
Less than a month later, on July 6, the Frank family leaves their home at Merwedeplein and goes into hiding at 263 Prisengracht. The first item Anne packs is her diary.
She continues to write for two years while she remains in "het achterhuis - the secret annex". Her last entry is dated 1 August 1944. On the morning of August 4, the inhabitants of the annex are arrested. They are taken from Amsterdam first to Westerbork transit camp then to Auschwitz. Anne and her sister are transported again to Bergen-Belsen. There they both die of typhus.
Over seventy years later, Anne's diary has been published in more than 80 languages. Her words have touched the hearts of millions all over the world and she will continue to be an inspiration for generations to come. 

In commemoration of her 85th birthday, submit your own thoughts, comments, wishes, notes, reflections, or photos.

What would you like Anne to know about you, the world, or her legacy? The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust will collect these online submissions and share excerpts online throughout the day on June 12. Follow the Commission via Facebook and Twitter to watch for your submission and read what others have contributed.


Choose from the prompts below. You are welcome to submit more than one prompt but you are limited to one submission per prompt.


Describe some movies and books you like that you think Anne might enjoy as well. Click here to submit.


Tell Anne how her diary has inspired you. Click here to submit.


Describe something about the world that you would like Anne to know about so she can learn how it has changed since 1945. Click here to submit.


Submit photos of you and/or your family that are similar to photos from the Frank's family album. 

Featured Submissions

  • "Anne, your diary truly changed my life. You put all of my thoughts, hopes, and fears into perspective. You made life feel like a special gift to be treasured. Your great courage and strength will always inspire me." - @Lucaspbernard of Saint Louis, MO Posted June 12, 2014 at 11:02am
  • "I read Anne's diary as a young girl and have reread the diary several times over the years. I am always amazed how perceptive Anne was about people and the world around her. Her ability to see beauty, light and view people as essentially good in the context of her life has influenced me. My cup is always half filled." - Marilyn Posner of Atlanta, GA Posted June 12, 2014 at 1:15pm
  • "Anne has inspired me more than once. The first was as a 10 year old reading her diary. Her words became ingrained in my heart. That was when I wanted to learn all I could about the Holocaust. As a parent, I was convinced that reading the diary with my children was essential. Growing up in Memphis on the 50s and 60s I saw so much. Anne would have wanted me to be mindful of the rights of others. I'm happy to say her life gave meaning to my passion of studying and talking about the importance of remembering the Holocaust. She has always been a hero to me." - Eileen Silberstein of Marietta, GA Posted June 12, 2014 at 2:36pm
  • "I feel that Anne might have felt strongly about the book To Kill A Mockingbird." - Eileen Silberstein of Marietta, GA Posted June 12, 2014 at 3:46pm