South African newspaper introduces Dang Thuy Tram’s Diary

On April 5, 2005, Star Daily, one of South Africa’s great newspapers featured a 1-page article by Marilyn August from Hanoi as well as some extracts from the famous diary of martyr Dang Thuy Tram

With the title of “She is Anna Frank of the Vietnam War”, the author praised and compared Dang Thuy Tram’s diary to Anna Frank’s, the journal written during World War II from the perspective of a young Jewish girl.


The newspaper article is about the diary’s “strange fate”. By accident, it found its way to America. It was preserved and sent back to Thuy Tram’s family by an American soldier after more than 30 years of drifting.


Rapidly, the diary has created a resounding impression in both Vietnam and the U.S and has contributed to the reconciliation between the 2 enemies in the fierce war that killed more than 3 million Vietnamese and 58,000 American soldiers.


The author stated that Dang Thuy Tram’s diary was useful for readers, especially to younger generations to help them understand the loss and sacrifice, belief in ideals as well as the full vitality of the 27-year old woman who represented a Vietnamese generation. The diary also helps readers find the noble values of life. It is written in the article that whoever reads this diary will be moved by hardship that doctor Dang Thuy Tram suffered during the Vietnam War./.

Vietnam News Agency - Translated by International Relations Department