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Dear Anne Frank,

Your diary has touched me more than any words can express. My gratitude to you for making such a powerful, moving book is tremendous. Once, while I was leafing through a Holocaust book, I came across the following statement: "Some even claim it (the Holocaust) never happened." Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, your diary is a powerful reminder of how false this statement is. Despite the horrors you experienced, you never gave up, perhaps this is what I admire of you.

Kayla and Steven
   Steven Herb presenting award to Kayla Sargeson from the Seneca Valley Middle School

Through my studies of the Holocaust and your life I came across this book. Little did I know, sitting on my bookshelf was the best book in the world, and it was written by a thirteen year old girl—who was not afraid of telling the truth—had a zest for life; a person who deserves to be admired. Your diary made me realize something: Everyone is the same. Black, White, Jewish, Christian, Chinese, Arabian, no one deserves to be treated like you and six million others were. If you look past the skin color, you can see a person just like yourself. You made me remember that, what I have been told so many times.

After I read your diary , I felt such a sense of tragedy, not only for you, but also for six million others. It taught me many things, such as to care a little about mankind. If you care and are willing to stand up for what you believe in, you can save someone's life, or even help them live one day longer .Your diary also made me remember not to take things for granted, like freedom to be able to go as you please, because you never know when someone might take it away from you.

You and I are alike in many ways. We both want to be writers, we are both typical teenagers, we are mature for our age and we both wish we could confide more in our friends. We both deal with the same everyday problems of growing up. Strangely enough, you and I have the same ideas and opinions, although, you were louder and more outgoing than me.

When you wrote your diary, it gave me something from the Holocaust I can connect to. It also gave me a role model. I admire you tremendously. I think that, through your diary, I have made a very special friend. I know more about you, than I do of my best friend of four years. Had you lived in my generation, we could have been great friends.

Whenever I see or hear prejudice of one sort or another, I can see your face, and think of the six million innocent people who have been murdered by the Nazis. Your legend is a symbol to me. A symbol of humanity .Your legend stands for the "triumph of the spirit over evil and death." The Nazis tried to cover up what they did, and others chose to forget. Thanks to you that cannot happen.



Kayla Sargeson



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