Google on Saturday celebrated the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, with a Google doodle video showing the moments of her life in the book.
The doodle also honored what would be the birthday of a young victim and the Holocaust earlier this month, June 12th.
Google Doodle Artistic Director Thoka Maer has created doodles. A German painter has spoken out about his commitment to preserve the memory of the Holocaust as a key element in the art process.
Anne Frank was born June 12, 1929, to Otto and Edith Frank in Frankfurt, Germany. His family moved to Amsterdam in the Netherlands in 1934, after the Adolf Hitler-led Nazi Party gained power in Germany.
As persecution of the Jews increased in July 1942, the Franks hid in secret rooms behind a bookcase (a place called ‘Annex’ in Anne’s book) in the building where Otto worked. Until the family was arrested by the Gestapo (the Nazi secret police) on August 4, 1944, Anne kept a birthday diary she had received as a birthday present, and she recounted the life of her family in secret.
The diary is also full of his inner life as a teenager, and he vividly describes all the little ordinary battles that teenagers have to face. It has become an important book in understanding what life was like under the Nazi Party.
Otto, the only member of her family who survived the Holocaust, returned to Amsterdam and discovered that Anne’s diary had been kept by her secretary, Miep Gies. He decided to fulfill Anne’s great desire to become a writer and to publish her diary in 1947.