This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

This Day in History...

August 4, 1944 - Acting on tip from a Dutch informer, the Nazi Gestapo captures 15-year-old Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family in a sealed-off area of an Amsterdam warehouse. They were sent to a concentration camp in Holland, and in September Anne and most of the others were shipped to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. In the fall of 1944, with the Soviet liberation of Poland underway, Anne was moved with her sister Margot to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. Suffering under the deplorable conditions of the camp, the two sisters caught typhus and died in early March 1945. The camp was liberated by the British less than two months later.


  1. Did you know that someone wrote a sequel to “The Diary of Anne Frank”? It’s written from Peter’s point of view when Anne’s diary is published. Look up “The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank” by Ellen Feldman on for a summary.

  2. Love your new blog Gwynnie. The Castle background is excellent. I'll be visiting often!

  3. Such a darling girl, gifted and precocious. So tragic to think she could almost have survived, seeing that the camp was liberated so soon afterwards. Her diary is really inspiring.

    Congratulations on this blog. You are welcome to visit me at:

    (on Belgian royalty)