On this date, June 12, in 1942, Anne Frank received her diary for her 13th birthday. Actually an autograph book she admired in the window of a nearby shop, Anne’s father Otto made a gift of the book to his daughter, and she used it as a diary. Not only did Anne record day-to-day happenings in her life, but also reported on what it was like to be Jewish and in hiding during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, Holland, during World War II. Covering a little over two years of her life, Anne would never realize her observances would become a gift to the world.
What would become known as Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl would eventually be published in over 60 languages.