What legacy did Anne Frank leave behind from The Diary of Anne Frank?

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Anne Frank's diary is perhaps the most famous testimony of Jewish life under Nazi oppression. Her candid description of life in hiding, her teenage interests and insecurities, and her own musings about morality, religion, and politics illustrate more than any textbook ever could the humanity of the victims of the...

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Anne Frank's diary is perhaps the most famous testimony of Jewish life under Nazi oppression. Her candid description of life in hiding, her teenage interests and insecurities, and her own musings about morality, religion, and politics illustrate more than any textbook ever could the humanity of the victims of the Nazi regime. These victims were thinking, feeling, and quite ordinary people, not nameless ciphers. To many readers, it seems unthinkable that such a bright young girl should have had her life cut off in such a barbaric way and reading her diary reminds the modern reader of just how awful the Holocaust was.

Anne Frank believed people, no matter how evil, were all essentially "good at heart." Her diary and ultimate fate cry out for a more tolerant world, where people realize that the Other, whether they be an ethnic or religious minority, is just as human as the dominant group and just as worthy of respect, safety, and empathy.

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