The Diary of a Young Girl
“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.”
When talking about the Diary of a Young Girl, I believe many people all around the world would know what that refers to. In Cambodia, however, I don’t think nine out of ten people know who the young girl is. This is a book, to be precise, a diary which was written by a Jewish girl named Anne Frank from the age of 13 to 15.
She took this diary as her friend during the hiding from the German armies. In those times, the Germans really hated the Jewish people, and later on as Germany gained power, they started banning the Jewish people’s rights and freedom regardless of young or old, boys or girls. They even killed the Jewish people like animals! So Anne and her family had to flee and hid somewhere safe until the war was over. They did find a place, in a secret warehouse behind Anne’s father’s company.
But after a while, the police eventually found them and imprisoned them at the concentration camp located in northern Germany called Bergen-Belsen. Anne Frank’s life was so short that she died of typhus at the camp at the age of fifteen, three months short to her sixteenth birthday. Only one man was alive after the war: Anne’s father. It was he who brought along with him the diary of her daughter and then published it later as a book. There had been many translations of this particular book and it was sold worldwide, even today. Nevertheless, our Cambodia is, in a manner of speaking, very much late for that.
Despite all these lateness for us as Cambodians, this famous book, or diary, is still a major source for us to study, for this diary truthfully shows the real biography of a young girl living in darkness of the war who struggled to survive against all odds, and who had no freedom and right to express her own opinion except in her diary.
Luckily, I have both copies English and Khmer version which I believe could help as an important resource for study and research: