The Diary of A Young Girl

The Diary of A Young Girl

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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
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1996.
Edition: Definitive edition
ISBN: 9780385480338
0385480334
Characteristics: viii, 340 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Frank, Otto 1889-1980.
Pressler, Mirjam

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green_penguin_484
Apr 08, 2019

*2019*
Loved it. This a great story. It is an amazing piece of literature for WWII and shows a young girl trying to find her way in the world.

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SusyHendrix
Jan 15, 2019

I was loathe to put this book down. I am saddened that this is the only work of Anne Frank we shall ever see. She should have had the chance to become a journalist and write novels as she wanted to-- with her inquisitive mind and strong spirit, imagine the body of work she'd have gone on to create!

But even if the Nazis took her life, they could not silence Anne in the end. This diary is filled with descriptions of life in hiding, but it's also a great coming-of-age text that remains evergreen. I'm shocked to see other reviewers were bored. I thought it was riveting, but then again, maybe it's because I keenly remember being a teenager and having similar feelings about my parents, my place in the world-- only Anne had to grow up so much faster due to the bad place in history that she found herself.

I would absolutely recommend this book to teen readers studying the Holocaust and WWII. It's one thing to read about all the people who died in a textbook, but it's another to see how this all affected a normal young girl.

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booksgm
Nov 29, 2018

It's not really a book as some people are saying ,more of a snapshot of a terrible time in her life . If any of our diaries were read by other people certainly parts would be boring ,they are diaries not books . I found it fascinating and sad knowing as someone else said how it all ended .It was a window into a world we all hope and pray never happens to us .

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Algae3285THURMOND
Oct 07, 2018

Personally I didn't like this book I found it was quite boring and slow, but for some people this book will be a really good read.
Guess it's just not the right kind of book for me.

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Linyarai
Mar 28, 2018

I read this for the "a historical non-fiction book" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I think I enjoyed it more now than I did when I read it in school, Anne's diary is a terrific reflection of all girls growing up, and the additional trials of living in close quarters with other people.

i like what I've been reading about. It's about world war two, describing how a young girl hiding in a secret room, trying to not let the Nazi found them before the war ends.

Yolanda, 10

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 03, 2017

Anne Frank tells the autobiographical tale of a young Jew living during the Holocaust time period: in the words of her own diary. Stunningly real and true, Anne is forced to move into a secret passage alongside another family in hiding from the Nazis. “Secret Annex” is what the hideaway is called, where Anne spends most of her years and writes in her diary of the travails and all the happy moments in that Annex. The most appeasing part of this book is that it is a play by play diary that highlights all the good and bad times she experienced, and in such a manner that you feel for the real Anne Frank and it seems as though you know her well. The beginning pages show memorabilia such as photos of herself and transcripts she scribes that are a nice accompaniment. There may be times, however, when you lose interest in some parts of her entries, but that is only part of the splendor that she was not writing a novella that she planned on publishing; rather a story of her life. Rating 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Gensc
Dec 31, 2016

Is this an amazing work of literature? No, clearly not but that's ok. It tells the important story of Franks and Van Daans during their time in hiding. It was not a book I enjoyed reading (partially because it is a a diary and partially because I already knew the fate of the author) and often found myself forcing myself to read it, but I am glad I did. It was a good complement to visiting Auschwitz and the Anne Frank house earlier this year.

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alicat1
Sep 11, 2016

Anne wished to become a writer. She did, and left a legacy that has educated millions. This work is an important read.

ehbooklover Feb 01, 2015

I have been to the Anne Frank House and I'm not ashamed to say that it brought me to tears. Seeing her posters still on the walls of the Secret Annex was especially emotional. This diary is a testament to the spirit and courage Anne showed despite extremely heartbreaking and frightening circumstances. A must read.

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daydreamer6O4 Dec 19, 2016

“I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”

Laura_X Feb 05, 2016

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.

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"At such moments I don't think about all the misery, but about the beauty that still remains..."

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What's done cannot be undone, but at least you can keep it from happening again. - Anne Frank

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"The best remedy for those who are frightenend, lonely or unhappy is to go outisde, somewhere they can be alone with the sky, nature and God. For then and only then can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature's beauty and simplicity...as long as this exists, I know there will be solace for every sorrow. - Anne Frank

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Dimmu16 Sep 05, 2012

The 2 years in hiding of Anne Frank.

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