New Delhi: On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank, a German-born Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, received a diary for her 13th birthday; in it, she wrote, "I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to with anyone, and I hope you will provide much support and comfort."
Anne Frank became famous posthumously for the diaries she kept while in hiding from the Nazis with her family in Amsterdam during World War Two. First published in 1947 and now translated into more than 70 languages, her diary remains one of the world's best-selling books.
The Jewish teenager and her relatives hid in a warehouse annex until they were betrayed and arrested in August 1944. Anne Frank, who died the following year in a concentration camp, would have been 80 years old on Friday.
When he died in 1980, Otto Frank left her papers to what is now the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation.
(Inputs from Reuters and Associated Press)