Anne Frank would turn 89 on June 12, had she lived. We wonder what she might have made of her life, whether she would have married and become a mother, a grandmother and, perhaps, a great-grandmother.
Alas, of course, those questions never can be answered. Frank was just 15 when she and her family were discovered by the Nazis hiding in a garret in Amsterdam and sent to concentration camps. It was at the notorious Bergen-Belsen camp that Anne and her sister Margot died of typhus — only weeks before the camp was freed by British troops.
We know of Anne and her family from the diary she kept during the two years the Franks remained hidden from the Germans.
Now, we are learning even more from that diary. Researchers announced Tuesday that by using digital photo editing techniques they managed to reveal the text on two pages from Anne’s diary that were covered with masking paper. The text is being studied.
Anne and her sister were among more than 1 million Jewish children who died at the hands of the Nazis in more than 1,000 concentration camps. They also were among more than 6 million Jews -- two of every three living in Europe at the time — who died simply because they were Jewish.
Just this month, a study shows that the Holocaust is fading from memory. Only a few survivors of the death camps or the men who freed them still are alive — and many of them are unwilling to talk about the horrors they experienced or had witnessed. Why is it important for the world to remember the Holocaust?
As Spanish philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”