June 12, 2016
Dorothy Weir Young (1890-1947), Pink Dahlias, c.1930, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Today we commemorate Anne Frank’s birthday. This remarkable young woman was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1929. She later fled Germany in the early 1930s. with her family to Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, where she live most of her life. By 1940, the Nazis had occupied the Netherlands, forcing Anne and her family to go into hiding. On her thirteenth birthday in 1942, she was given a diary which she kept until August 1, 1944. She and her family were arrested on August 4, 1944, and sent to concentration camps. Her father (the only surviving member of her family after the Holocaust), found her diary after the war, and it became published as The Diary of Anne Frank.