Anne Frank Diary 70th Anniversary

Teenager Anne Frank's diary about the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in the early 1940s has inspired more than just plays and films since her death in a German concentration camp in 1945 at age 15. She started writing it 70 years ago today, June 12, 1942, on her 13th birthday.

Her first entry reads, "I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support." You can read the book online at Google Books.

Here are six cultural references to "The Diary of a Young Girl," published in 1947.

5535 Annefrank

Named after the girl born Annelies Marie Frank, asteroid 5535 Annefrank is a member of the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, according to NASA.

'The Diary of Anne Frank'

Jewish artist Marc Chagall, born Moishe Shagal in Russia, left his modernist touch on an illustration for a limited edition of alternatively titled "The Diary of Anne Frank."

'Dear Anne'

Songwriter Ryan Adams' song about Anne Frank, "Dear Anne," includes the lyrics, "Who turned you in?/Who let you down?/Who sold you out?/The green police or the Dutch N.S.B.?/ Oh honey why?/ You was a beautiful child."

'Tehillim for Anne'

'Tehillim for Anne' is a setting of three Hebrew psalms for choir and string orchestra written to mark what would have been Anne Frank's 75th birthday," its composer, Englishman Robert Steadman, writes on his webpage.

'Annelies' (Anne Frank's real name)

James Whitbourn's "largest composition is the concert-length choral work, 'Annelies,' which sets words from 'The Diary of Anne Frank,' and which was premiered by Leonard Slatkin at London's Cadogan Hall in 2005," according to the British composer-conductor's website.

Anne Frank on Crank

The Denver Westword alternative newspaper once recognized Anne Frank on Crank, a punk rock group from Colorado, as the "best band name."

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