"Writing a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I've never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen year old schoolgirl."
For her 13th birthday, Anne Frank received a diary. Three and a half weeks later, in 1942, her family went into hiding. They were Jews, living in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Originally from Germany, they had fled there in 1933 after Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party came to power.
"I don't believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war," she says. "Oh, no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again."