Miles-tones

Anne Frank: A Playlist for a Young Girl

It was on this day in 1947 that the world first saw the publication of one of the most influential books in history, the Diary of Anne Frank. Frank and her Jewish family hid for two years in the attic of a family friend's house during the Nazi regime before being discovered in 1944 and sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she would die of typhus. The diary she kept during that time was later submitted for publication by the only surviving member of the family, Otto Frank.

The book is compelling because it puts the most honest face on the time period that you could possibly use. As a teenager Frank is still more consumed with her own emerging sexuality, and the day to day life that she lives, than with the global events of the Holocaust. Ironically, it is this specific focus on herself that makes her story undeniable, free from all the bullshit pretention that permeates other "diaries" like Go Ask Alice and Jay's Journal.

Such a towering, tragic figure of history was bound to inspire some musicians along the way. This week's playlist we dedicate to Frank. In hopes that a mixtape might be heard in whatever afterlife she found following her untimely death at the hands of the biggest assholes in history.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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