The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as The Diary of Anne Frank, is a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The family was apprehended in 1944, and Anne Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. The diary was retrieved by Miep Gies, who gave it to Anne's father, Otto Frank, the family's only known survivor, just after the war was over. The diary has since been published in more than 60 languages.
This startling new edition of Dutch Jewish teenager Anne Frank's classic diary--written in an Amsterdam warehouse, where for two years she hid from the Nazis with her family and friends--contains approximately 30% more material than the original 1947 edition. It completely revises our understanding of one of the most moving and eloquent documents of the Holocaust. The Anne we meet here is much more sarcastic, rebellious and vulnerable than the sensitive diarist beloved by millions. She rages at her mother, Edith, smolders with jealous resentment toward her sister, Margot, and unleashes acid comments at her roommates. Expanded entries provide a fuller picture of the tensions and quarrels among the eight people in hiding. Anne, who died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, three months before her 16th birthday, candidly discusses her awakening sexuality in entries that were omitted from the 1947 edition by her father, Otto, the only one of the eight to survive the death camps. He died in 1980. This crisp, stunning translation provides an unvarnished picture of life in the ``secret annex.'' In the end, Anne's teen angst pales beside her profound insights, her self-discovery and her unbroken faith in good triumphing over evil. Photos not seen by PW.
It’s hard to put into word’s how much I needed to read this book to gain a full understanding of the horrors endured by so many. Anne has encouraged a need to further educate myself beyond the Diary and with today’s technology one can easily access information that was previously hidden from truth. I thought through schooling I knew a lot about WW2 but reading the reality of day to day sufferance through Anne’s eyes has been a journey in time, I really felt as if ‘kitty’ was all of us in friendship with her. May her writing live on forever in hope that history will never repeat itself. Thank you Anne x