Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.
In 1942, with 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, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annex” 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 amusing, 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 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.
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The Diary of a Young Girl
For those who do not know their history, ( and that seems to be quite a lot you out there ). This is probably one of the greatest nonfiction books ever of the 20th century. A personal account of the price that's paid when governments exercise totalitarian control over the populace. The Nazi regime in Germany during the 30's & 40's is as close to state sponsored evil that's ever happened. Rouge terrorism today is no where near what happened back then, the difference was that Germany had it's own terror squads and a well developed and equipped Army, Navy, and Air Force to back it all up. In early 1941 the whole world was at the threshold of a fascist ideology of world domination. This one young girl's account of what happened to her and her family is without rival, and should be required reading for any person young or old alike!!
This book was amazing! It really captured the spirit of a young girl growing up in such a detestable world. I really loved how as you read on you could really see her grow up. I felt very connected and understanding of Anne considering I am also an adolescent of the age 14. Listening to her troubles and interest reminded me of myself in a way. Though i never went through such troubles as she did in her lifetime, I did still have the same feelings and wonders she did. After all, Anne still was a teenage girl no matter what happened to her. Her insight on the people and events around her continued to mature as she wrote over the years. It was amazing, to me, how one is forced to grow up so fast in such a tough situation. Anne Frank was a very brave girl with an amusingly interestingly character, and after reading her thoughts on life and on accepting yourself and others I've come to start thinking about myself, and how I've lived my life, and have started to change my own insight, as i was inspired by Anne's thoughtful personality. May Anne Frank and all the others who died during the horrific occurrences of World War II, as well as anyone who has ever passed on trying to help others in need, or by the cruelty of others when they deserved nothing but love and a good future, live on in history and in the hearts of all of us who will miss them greatly and will forever remember the sacrifices they made and the courage they carried, even throughout all their pain. You shall be greatly missed. : )
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