The literally competition, intended for young people between 12 and 14 years of age. Participants had read the book Anne Frank’s diary and wrote an essay.


1st place:

Two airplane tickets for Amsterdam gifted by AirFrance KLM and a guided tour in Anne Frank’s museum enabled by Anne Frank’s House.

2nd place:

A family ticket for a guided tour in Arboretum Volčji Potok where is also a tree planted in memory of Anne Frank (a tour is enabled by Arboretum VP) and a book Anne Frank’s diary with the dedication from the ambassador of Kingdom of Netherlands His excellency mr Pieter Jan Langenberg.

3rd place:

A book Anne Frank’s diary with dedication from the Ambassador of Kingdom of Netherlands His Excellency M Pieter Jan Langenberg.

A publication The Birth of Slovenia was given to all award recievers by the Museum, and KUD Sodobnost International provided a set of books of slovene authors.

The editorial board this time received a record of 157 essays, among which was also a contribution, created during additional classes of Slovene language in Serbia! Students of 6. and 7. grades especially proved themselves, because they took up writing very maturely, and some of them have surprised us by the originality of their ideas or with a surprising link to contemporary times. A commission that was comprised of Anja Kerber and Katja Klopčič from KUD Sodobnost International and Monika Močnik, the project leader from MNZS, had an extremely hard work. The main guide line were if the essay corresponds to the title (that it is not a summary of the book, but a presentation of the idea, a message to the generation), or if the thinking is original, justified and if the essay has a solid structure and if the writing style is solid.

1st place

Lara Rubin

9th grade OŠ France Prešeren Maribor
(mentor: Metka Pelicon)

Lara structured her essay as the last letter from Anne Frank made in a concentration camp, where Anne despite the hardships observed first small changes at German guards. She also received first news about destroyed concentration camps. The author came very close to the psychological state of Anne Frank, which reflected the change that is consequence of everything she had been through, and was also consistent with Anne’s feelings in the Hideout. In her last thinking “her” Anne turned herself to future, made plans, and clearly formed her message to the modern generation. She reminded them that her diary is not just a literally masterpiece but that it also described a fate of a real family, and confronted opinions of Anne and her sister Margot that after all the lives that had been lost the World would never be the same, while Anne hoped that the tragic experience would change the world for the better. Beside all of that the essay is written clearly and strongly, and the writing reflects an ear for laungauge and style.

2nd place

Nataša Ozvatič

8th grade Public Educational Institution OŠ Destnik-Trnovska vas, Destrnik
(mentor: Barbara Bezjak)

Nataša also wrote a letter her Anne had written in the concentration camp, highly emotionally coloured and shocking, which shoves that she embraced Anne’s mental world. Her message to the young generation is significantly woven into the text and feels almost like guidelines. In her case despite the despair Anne keeps her hope and faith in the better tomorrow.

3rd place

Maja Kobal

9th grade OŠ Šturje Ajdovščina
(mentor: Petra Rodman)

Maja is in her essayist thinking prompted by Anne’s words about the impact of our influence on people around us, to think about how unique everyone is and about what can destroy the young generation. The great gift that we have received from Anne is her optimism, she says. Maja’s thinking is fresh, she thinks about uniqueness by linking it to Michelangelo and even using a quote from Pink Floyd. From everything listed it is clear that Anne’s message to our world is interesting, exciting and up to date.

We congratulate all winners and we thank everybody for their reflections, which showed us that young people today do not only think but that you also have a very deep insight in contemporary events. Many were encouraged by Anne’s writings to (sometimes unpleasant) reflection in ones insight, and many writings reveal to a coition reader that the ponderings have brought change and personal growth. Because of that we can join to the words of many of you that finished your essays with: Thank you Anne!