My kids and I have been reading a lot about Anne Frank lately – I was looking for photographs of her to show them, and came across one that just made my heart stop: Anne with her classmates at Montessori school, which she attended from 1933 to 1941.
For some reason I didn’t realize that Anne attended Montessori school, so this photograph really stunned me. I was looking at it and recognized all of the familiar Montessori materials, then read that she attended Montessori school. Her classroom looks exactly like the Montessori classrooms my kids are in and have been in – right down to the hamster habitat, the work the children are doing, the way the teacher is sitting amongst them, the simple, mostly unadorned walls, the plants, children sitting on the floor with their bead chains laid out, and all of the the familiar materials along the walls and on shelves.
This photo – it gutted me.
What happened to all of these children?
The story of Anne Frank has always moved me beyond belief, and yet this picture of her in her beloved Montessori classroom somehow re-shocked me. It made me see how similar her life was to my own children’s idyllic, peaceful lives – and yet how quickly it all changed. How quickly it all can change.
Recently, in California I saw a bumper sticker that I am going to track down and get: I’m already against the next war, and it hasn’t even started yet.
Some Quotes By Anne Frank
“How true Daddy’s words were when he said: all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank
“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” - Anne Frank
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