June 12, 2017
Dorothy Weir Young (1890-1947), Seated Girl Writing a Letter, 1900, graphite, 7 3/16 x 10 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate.
Today we commemorate Anne Frank’s birthday. This remarkable young woman was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1929. She, with her family, later fled Germany in the early 1930s to Amsterdam, 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.
Today’s artwork of the day features a sketch by Dorothy Weir Young of a young girl of about thirteen writing, which was the age at which Anne Frank received her diary.