Previously published in Examiner
Part 3 of the Anne Frank series
Commentary on Anne Frank
The diary of Anne Frank made this examiner who was 13 years old when she read the book, realize that World War II was not about the good guys getting rid of the bad guys as she had previously thought. War was ugly and innocent people got hurt. It was from those early roots that she began to formulate her own ideas about war and it was from those humble beginnings that she knew in her heart that there are no victors in war. History runs in cycles, the victors of one era are the losers of the next. Great empires rise and they all fall. War is about power and greed and a ruthless disregard for humanity. However, the victors are the leaders of the country, who divvy up the spoils. War rarely has much betterment for the common people. War debilitates people, it wounds them physically and mentally. It ruins their health, starves them, injures them, ravishes them with disease and kills them.
For example this particular war, World War II, benefited the World from German Occupation. That is a wonderful thing. However did it really benefit the German people? Did it really benefit Hitler? He died in a bunker and was said to have committed suicide as the allies approached and took over Berlin. Others say he was already dying of syphilis and one has to wonder did he even get his just reward. Was there a harsher penalty for this monster?
One thing is for sure it did not benefit Anne Frank she died in a concentration camp. A young girl robbed of her life. A young girl that did nothing at all to hurt anyone; but was a victim of a vile society.
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