THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK IS 'A MONUMENT TO THE HUMAN SPIRIT'
One of the most famous accounts of living under the Nazi regime comes from the diary of a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl, Anne Frank. Edited by her father Otto H. Frank and German novelist Mirjam Pressler, this is a true story to be rediscovered by each new generation.
12th July 1944:
'It's difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.'
In the summer of 1942, fleeing the horrors of the Nazi occupation, Anne Frank and her family were forced into hiding in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse.
Aged thirteen, Anne kept a diary of her time in the secret annexe. She movingly revealed how the eight people living under these extraordinary conditions coped with hunger, the daily threat of discovery and death and isolation from the outside world.
A thought-provoking record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, the diary of Anne Frank is a testament to the atrocities of the past and a promise they will never be forgotten.
'One of the greatest books of the century' Guardian
'Rings down the decades as the most moving testament to the persecution of innocence' Daily Mail
'Astonishing and excruciating. Its gnaws at us still' New York Times Book Review
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.
Best book one of my top fav
I wish there was more to read. Anne was a young girl with so much thoughts.
So touching and poignant!
I read the book after travelling to Amsterdam for the first time in May.
After physically seeing the house itself I could literally pictured so much and imagine every detail Anne described. I can not believe this was a 14 year old girls writing. I felt like it came from a very intelligent, highly emotional and extraordinary young woman.
The thought of having to live with and deal with anything near this kind of fear, exclusion and atrocity sends shivers down my spine. We do not know how lucky we are in this day and age!
I felt so tremendously sad and taken in at the end by the family and other victims of the annexe. To get so far in hiding and for someone to feed them to the wolves like that right close to liberation was so hard to accept.
Anne and her family etc will certainly hold a place in my heart and inspire me! Always!
I did not go into the annexe previously but will definitely be going back to see it after reading this and I hope it’s legacy and Anne’s well recorded plight continues to lead the way in changes in humanity and equality and simply people being kind to one another!