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Happy Birthday, Anne!

On June 12, 1929, Anne Frank was born.  She'd be 78 years old today if she were still alive.  Instead, she died just before her 16th birthday in early March of 1945, a victim of typhus in the concentration camp where she had been for 7 months, after her arrest from her Amsterdam hiding place.  She died 3 months before I was born. 

Her statue stands outside the Westerkerk church here in Amsterdam.

You can read her story from the above link, if you don't already know it.  Tomorrow is MY birthday.  But today is the day I want to celebrate because I wish I knew her.  I'd very much like to meet her some day!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Happy Birthday, Anne!

On June 12, 1929, Anne Frank was born.  She'd be 78 years old today if she were still alive.  Instead, she died just before her 16th birthday in early March of 1945, a victim of typhus in the concentration camp where she had been for 7 months, after her arrest from her Amsterdam hiding place.  She died 3 months before I was born. 

Her statue stands outside the Westerkerk church here in Amsterdam.

You can read her story from the above link, if you don't already know it.  Tomorrow is MY birthday.  But today is the day I want to celebrate because I wish I knew her.  I'd very much like to meet her some day!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (34)

You have captured this beautifully. I wish I'd known her as well. Her words will always be with me.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Red Pen! Thanks.
I like the shot and the history is important to remember. But your birthday is important too, so Happy Birthday!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Martin. Don't get me wrong, I'll celebrate mine tomorrow, but I see Anne's as much more...important!
Very lovely capture!!!! & HAPPPPPPYYY BIRRTHDAYYY!!!! hurryyyyy.....I wish u many more buffy dayz to come....Amen!!!smile

@ Red Pen.....u 4got 2 say a happy buffy day???? LOL
Ginnie Hart: Well, I didn't mean this to be a 2-day birthday celebration for ME! I shouldn't have said anything about my birthday tomorrow!!! I'll celebrate then when we get there. Today belongs to Anne. But thanks anyway, Nacha! smile
She lives on in her words. We are all lucky to know her through them. (I'll save my birthday wishes for your actual birthday tomorrow.)
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Karen, she does and we are. And now I wish I hadn't said anything about my birthday tomorrow...until then. This is Anne's day!
  • alex
  • 12 Jun 2007, 03:53
i may not have time to stop by tomorrow, so Happy Birthday!

her words were some of the most fascinating i have ever read.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Alex. I accept your wishes today. smile Now go get your house packed up and moved!

In the meantime, let's all remember Anne's legacy!
  • Kay
  • 12 Jun 2007, 04:10
Lovely tones, and beautifully put, Ginnie! Tomorrow's your Birthday? Well I certainly hope it is as lovely as you are. (And I'll be wishing you more best wishes tomorrow!)
Ginnie Hart: As I've told everyone else, I shouldn't haven't said anything about my birthday till tomorrow. Arrgh! It's just that the proximity of our birthdays does make me feel more kindred to Anne otherwise. This is definitely HER day today. But thanks for thr sweet thought, Kay.
A great sculpture a great young woman ! That's great, Ginnie, to talk about her... we'll never forget.
Ginnie Hart: God helping us, we must never forget her legacy! Thanks, Flo.
magnifique prise de vue... et très beaux tons utilisés
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, O-P.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Jun 2007, 07:06
HAPPPPPPYYY BIRRTHDAYYY!!!! If you want you bday today we will make it today. Van harte gefeliciteerd.

Great shot, you seem to be developing a trademark pp - sometimes with excellent texture and sometimes without.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I think we're all developing a trademark, Louis. We can pick out each other's photos in almost any mix, can't we!

Well, I didn't mean to make today my birthday and therefore shouldn't have said a thing about it. I will certainly celebrate mine tomorrow. It's just that the proximity of our birthdays gives an added connection, if that makes sense! A connection that makes me want to honor Anne all that much more.
Well done Ginnie. It's party time tomorrow !!!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Yes, Shakara. Today we are in solemn remembrance. Tomorrow we party! smile
  • Steve
  • 12 Jun 2007, 08:24
Lovely shot Ginnie. A great tribute and nicely processed too.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Steve.
  • E Etomi
  • Sweden
  • 12 Jun 2007, 08:57
Very nice treatment Ginnie. Hope you are well smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm very well, Etomi. Thank you. And the same to you.
  • xavi
  • Barcelona
  • 12 Jun 2007, 09:07
Happy birthday! lovely photo!!!
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if Anne knows we're thinking of her. Wouldn't that be nice. smile Thanks, Xavi.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 12 Jun 2007, 09:47
Great Shot Ginnie. If you wish to celebrate your birthday today, today it will be. God Bless you Ginnie, you are a wonderful person and I'm sure you have been special to a lot of people which includes me. Hope we continue to learn from each other and pray for each other - Happy B'Day smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Thomas. And as I've told others, I wish I hadn't mentioned my birthday till tomorrow because today is Anne's day. Our birthday proximity just made me feel a special connection to her, if that makes sense.

We WILL continue to learn from each other, as long as we keep posting our pics! I guarantee it. smile
It is a nice thought, but I'll congratulate you on your birthday tomorrow.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Wim. I didn't mean to draw ttention to my birthday tomorrow as much as the connection it gives me to Anne today. But I'll definitely look for you tomorrow. grin
Great shot and treatment, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bridge. You're a sweetheart.
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 12 Jun 2007, 10:59
That's very touching. Coming across memorials like this is one of my favourite things about visiting foreign cities. I've had a field day round some of the places we've gone to on our musical pilgrimages.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Jimbo. Suddenly the world becomes ONE PLACE for us all, doesn't it!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 12 Jun 2007, 11:08
Happy Bday for tomorrow Ginnie (since you mentioned it today grin) So how old is Ginnie going to be?

Suby
Ginnie Hart: Hmmm. I think Suby will need to check on Ginnie tomorrow to see how many smackeroos she got! grin
Thank you for this. I read Anne Frank's diary many times over as a young girl. What a courageous young woman she was.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, she was, Josie. I'm thinking I might read it again while I'm here in Amsterdam some time! It'll have so much more impact on me, I'm sure.
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Ginnie...Happy Birthday to you, best wishes from David, Alan and Ozzy!!
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. I feel really Happy-Birthdayed, Dave. Thanks a million! smile
A beautiful tribute Ginnie - happy eve of your birthday!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart. Thanks, Bernie.

Don't forget to tell us about your race!
Un bonito recuerdo para esta desafortunada joven, según cuenta su diario.
De todas formas, aprovecho para desearte que mañana tengas un feliz día de cumpleaños en compañía de todos los tuyos !!

A pretty memory for this unfortunate young person, according to account its dietary. In any case, I take advantage of for desearte that tomorrow you have a happy day of birthday in company of all yours!
Ginnie Hart: As always, Jose, thank you for your kind comment!
  • mal
  • 12 Jun 2007, 15:49
Happy birthaday Ginnie!

Her story is such a compelling and moving one Ginnie, great that you have chosen to celebrate her life here. Lovely shot. mal
Ginnie Hart: Happy birthday to YOU, Mal, again, for yesterday!! Hope you had a great day!

And thanks for your comment, as always!
thanks for this pic Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You're welcome, Nicola!
I like that you have placed her against the brick wall and not against the windows...this way you let her stand out without any disturbing elements, if you know what I mean...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Aksel. I had several different pics of her here but this one made the most sense. So yes, I know what you mean! smile
story is amazing, isnt it?...nice toning, suits the mood well...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Sam. It's most amazing. Thanks!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 12 Jun 2007, 19:16
That's a nice simple bronze for a nice simple girl who lived and shared long enough to profoundly influence us. What a lesson there is in that.

And yes, tomorrow. grin
Ginnie Hart: A big lesson indeed, Ruth. What an incredible impact she continues to have! Did you see "Freedom Writers?" It's a very powerful movie that includes Anne!
I bet you WILL meet her someday, Ginnie. She is probably wanting to meet you, that lady who keeps traipsing back and forth across the sea more often than anyone else.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'm quite sure I will meet her someday, Mary. Thanks for saying that. I'll tell her that I kept finding her all over Amsterdam!
A very happy birthday tomorrow Ginnie; her spirit lives on...regards, Chris
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chris. Yes, her spirit lives on!
Hi Ginny - Happy Birthday for tomorrow - another Gemini - mine is the day after!!! I remember seeing a very moving film about Anne Frank when I was little - made a big impact on me. Hope you have something good planned. Mike
Ginnie Hart: Wow. Lots of us Gemini here on SC, Mike. Donica leaves for Brussels today (as I write this it's the 13th) so we celebrated last night...and a surprise, she says, over the weekend coming up! Guess I'll have to wait to find out! smile

Happy birthday to YOU tomorrow!
  • Ellie
  • 12 Jun 2007, 23:00
Whenever I see anything about Ann Frank I relate it to how old our children are, and the difference in their lives. Our daughter is almost 16 now and has no doubt had exactly the same emotional moments as Ann recorded in her diary, she's probably recorded them in her own secret diary, but she's had none of the fear, terror and certainly not the need to hide away in an attic in fear of her life. Terrible, terrible times, I like to think the world is now a better place.

I like the way you've framed the statue with the windows, and of course I also like the dark sepia treatment.

Happy birthday for tomorrow. smile I'll try to stay around till after midnight, but might not be online during the rest of the day.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean about thinking of our kids in the context of Anne. I can't imagine having them go through something she experienced in her lifetime! I hope the world is a better place for most people, but for some, it's just as bad, if not worse (Darfur comes to mind!). God have mercy on us all.

Thanks for your kind birthday wishes. This mention now is more than sufficient! smile
I love the diaries of Anne Frank...for the younger people, go watch the movie Freedom Writers with Hilary Swank. Thanks Ginnie for capturing this...fabulous, the picture suddenly means a lot. Happy Birthday!!!
Ginnie Hart: I absolutely LOVED that movie, Ngozi. In fact, I just recommended it to my sister, Ruth, yesterday. It's good for all ages, I think!

Thanks for your wonderful comment!
  • Julischka
  • the fairy tale road
  • 14 Jun 2007, 17:36
Wonderful image. Pin sharp and nicely composed. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Julia.
Wonderful shot and nice tribute ! The story mustbe known by every young european children, my tree children have ridden the book when they was about 14 years old and I visit the house of anne Frank with them.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Zeb. This is a timeless story for all children of the world! Thanks for mentioning it.

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