Rare handwritten verses by Anne Frank, which she made just before going into hiding with family to escape the Nazis’ wrath, is up for auctioning. The poem may sell for around 55,000 euros (approximately 55,000 dollars).
The poem was written in blank ink inside a book owned by the older sister of Anne’s best friend Jacqueline van Maarsen. Auctioneers Bubb Kuyper posted on its social media account a snapshot of the handwritten poem that bears the date March 28, 1942.
Many people all over the world are familiar with the story of Anne Frank. Her family’s house-turned-hiding place in Merwedeplein, Amsterdam has been redesigned into the Anne Frank House, a museum which not only showcases the historic rooms but also houses the Frank family’s personal effects and documents.
Anne’s spirit lives on in many of the recovered items representing her thoughts and sentiments years ago. Born in Frankfurt, Germany on June 12, 1929, Anne nurtured the dream of becoming a journalist. Little did she realize then that many years later, her voice will reverberate and be heard by humankind, through her diary and other writings.
Through books, verses, and events like the International Day of Peace, Anne’s words continue to hold much wisdom. Anne’s strong mental well-being carried her through much of the terror-filled days of her youth. A Facebook page devoted to Anne featuring her musings, dwelling place and other things related to the ill-fated diarist wrote/featured one of her sentiments:
“I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty, too, shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. In the meantime, I must hold on to my ideals…”
Apart from the poem, a few other Anne Frank items auctioned years ago include pen-pal letters that she and her sister sent to a couple of girls in Iowa back in April 1940 that were purchased for $165,000.
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