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Anne Frank Poem Auctioned for $150,000. What Was The Story She Told In This Expensive Paper?

Nov 27, 2016 09:03 PM EST
Anne Frank Poem Auctioned for $150,000. What Was The Story She Told In This Expensive Paper?
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It is not unusual for the art world to see rare pieces with high bids. However, this particular Anne Frank memorabilia is probably worth more than its bid price of $150,000.

For those who do not know, Anne Frank is a known diarist who became popular with her journals as a German-Jewish teenager during the Holocaust.

Anne and her family had to hide for two years during the World War II. Most of the time, they were hiding in an annex of rooms above her father's office in Amsterdam.

Anne Frank's diary was first published in 1947. It then became one of the most powerful and memorable memoirs of the era.

With great adversity, Anne showed the world that a glimmer of light can go a long way.

Anne Frank's diary went on to become a global phenomenon. It was translated into 57 languages with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.

Anne Frank is the face of courage during the Holocaust period where Nazis were committing mass murders. Her family has been betrayed multiple times. Anne's diary also showed her sorrow and vulnerability.

In one of her excerpts she wrote:

"I've reached the point where I hardly care whether I live or die. The world will keep on turning without me, and I can't do anything to change events anyway. I'll just let matters take their course and concentrate on studying and hope that everything will be all right in the end."

Anne's every word in her diary is an inspiration to millions of readers. That is why, the value of this particular piece of history is extremely high.

Anne has and will always be a writer. She even wrote that writing shakes off the negativity around her.

In this paper dated March 28, 1942 (Amsterdam), Anne wrote and 8-line poem, according to The Revoluzionne.

The poem was written in Anne's "Friendship Book" and its authenticity was verified by Anne's childhood friend, Jacqueline van Maarsen.

As per CNN, this is the poem translation in English:

Dear Cri-Cri,

If you did not finish your work properly,

And lost precious time,

Then once again take up your task

And try harder than before.

If others have reproached you

For what you have done wrong,

Then be sure to amend your mistake.

That is the best answer one can make.

In memory of Anne Frank

Anne died in the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration at the age of 15.

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