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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, but rewarding., 27 July 2003
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Reading this book is both rewarding and sad, so prepare yourself your both. I'm less than half way through this book and I feel nothing but sadness that such a life was taken at such a young time in life. I wish I could express my feeling about this book in the same way Anne could express herself in her diary, but I don't possess such a talent, even though I'm twenty years her senior. Like most people, I know what Anne's destiny is, and I find some aspects of this diary very difficult to read, knowing what I do.
I don't think I'm the only person alive that believes that the world is a poorer place without the talents of such gifted people like Anne, but we cant change the course of history, so lets hope we can learn the lesson of our past.
I'm not the type for travelling, but this diary has inspired me to visit Anne's 'secret Annex' to see first hand the place where she lived in isolation for so long. I've read many books in my time, but none have touched my heart as this one has.
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Initial post: 5 Mar 2011 14:21:14 GMT
Kelly Rooney says:
I have been to the secret annex and to Bergen Belson, I hope you get the opportumity to visit both x

Posted on 21 Dec 2011 22:54:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Dec 2011 23:09:09 GMT
Lector says:
Robert, Hello. Have you managed to visit the 'secret annex' yet? I visited it in the early 1990's. It was a very moving experience even though I hadn't read Anne's diary before hand. I had though, like most people, known of her story via mentions in documentaries and tv and film dramas etc. But I recall writing in the visitors' book just before leaving that time, a comment something along the lines of "we need to cut the evil of nazism/fascism in the budd before it has a chance to grow strong and take hold in society." Oh and have you seen the most recent BBC drama production, starring Kelly McKindrick, made a few years ago? That final episode was a real tear-jerker.

Best wishes.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2011 23:05:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Dec 2011 23:14:27 GMT
Lector says:
Kelly, Hello there. I'd be interested to know what you thought of the Anne Frank annex. As I mentioned a little while ago in my response to Robert's review of 'Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition', I visited the annex in the early 1990's, and found it very moving indeed. I've never visited Bergen Belsen though. Is there much of it left? I was under the impression that it (or at least part of it) had been demolished. I am hoping to visit Auschwitz one day in the next year or two hopefully.

Best wishes.
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