Anne Frank

Anne Frank

The Diary of A Young Girl

Book - 1952
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Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. 

In 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, the Franks and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and surprisingly humorous, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

Praise for The Diary of a Young Girl

“A truly remarkable book.”The New York Times

“One of the most moving personal documents to come out of World War II.”The Philadelphia Inquirer

“There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl, a testament to an indestructible nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil.”Chicago Tribune

“The single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust . . . remains astonishing and excruciating.”The New York Times Book Review

“How brilliantly Anne Frank captures the self-conscious alienation and naïve self-absorption of adolescence.”Newsday
This guide is organized to help readers understand and reflect on Anne Frank's diary. Background information, time lines, and the glossary provide historical context for the years of Anne's life and are designed to place her diary within the framework of the events taking place during World War II and the Holocaust. Special details have been included to highlight the twenty-five month period during which Anne and her family hid in the Secret Annex, as well as the aftermath. The study questions for students are arranged in three parts. The first set of questions relates to facets contributing to Anne's personal identity. The second set of questions examines the relationship of Anne to the world outside the Annex. The final set of questions considers the ongoing issues that Anne raised in her diary over fifty years ago. For additional educational materials, including teacher's notes and activities, please contact the Anne Frank Center USA, 584 Broadway, Suite 408, New York, NY, 10012.

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The autobiographical reminiscences of a young Jewish girl coming of age during World War II describes her life in hiding from the Nazis and offers a poignant study of the tragedy of the Holocaust. Reprint.

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A young girl's journal records her family's struggles during two years of hiding from the Nazis in war-torn Holland.
A young girl's journal records two years of hiding from the Nazis

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1952, 1967
ISBN: 9780553296983
Characteristics: xiv, 283 p. ; ill., ports. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Roosevelt, Eleanor 1884-1962


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Oct 04, 2017

This story cannot be described with words. Most obviously, it is a compelling story of Jews in hiding from the Nazis. But below that, it is the story that everyone goes through: the story of a teenage girl growing up and discovering herself. The fact that this teenage girl was one of the most insightful people for her age just adds to the astounding quality of this book. Anne, in the midst of horrific circumstances, still manages to keep up her spirit and grow and develop. It tears away the blind that kept concentration camps bearable, the stubborn refusal of the mind to think of Jews as people. Anne was an extraordinary young woman whose promise and amazing life were stolen from her by the hands of ignorance and blind hate. The legacy her diary left will continue to inspire people forever. Let us hope that we choose to learn from her, to stamp out hate and ignorance once and for all.

May 03, 2017

I am not sure what caused me to pick up this book, but I am so glad I did. I had never read it before, although I knew the story well - or at least I knew the gist of the story (that they lived in hiding until they were found, arrested and sent to concentration camps). It is so interesting to see the deep thoughts of a 13-15 year old (even if she did go back through later in their stay to edit some of her previous entries - she was still at most fifteen years old). The maturity, the turmoil, the life lived - and taken way too early. I appreciate that there are entries about "young love" and tiffs with her parents, while at the same time thoughts on politics and war. Every few pages I had to remind myself of the "ending"... that she wasn't lucky enough to survive, that she would never see the fruition of her work, that she would die at the hands of the Nazis and never get to follow her dreams or grow up.

Aug 18, 2016

I have it on hold so i have not yet read it... My cousin told me about it... Its sad to read about a young girl suffering...

yellow_beaver_38 Apr 30, 2016

Anne Frank's Diary is inspiring itself and it was sad she didn't see the end of WW2. She wondered if her diary became famous and it did.

Mar 28, 2016

I'm really looking forward to reading this - I just read Number the Stars (Lois Lowry) and I loved it. I'm hoping I'll love this too! (I'm pretty sure I will.)

Very touching.

cmlibrary_aghilton Feb 01, 2016

When Anne Frank wrote this diary, she had no idea she would inspire generations of people. Though her story has a heartbreaking ending, her courage through it all is incredibly uplifting.

indigo_beetle_81 Dec 12, 2015

I am thirteen and I love Anne Frank's diary.
She is so much like me. I wish I new her.

Jul 05, 2015

Anne is a very interesting person that has a many things to say.

I'm only 12 but I think this will be a good book for me to read.

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Oct 04, 2017

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

Oct 04, 2017

"I don't think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains."

Oct 04, 2017

"I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart."

yellow_beaver_38 Apr 30, 2016

" All private telephones were cut off at eleven o clock yesterday."


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Oct 04, 2017

An amazingly insightful young girl, forced to go into hiding with her family, keeps a record of her time there, and talks about growing up, life, and humanity, until her life is tragically cut short at the hands of blind following and hate.


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