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The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition Mass Market Paperback – February 3, 1997
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The diary of Anne begins when she is 13 years of age and the Jews are already wearing yellow stars in Amsterdam. Anne is your usual precocious girl, flirting with boys and being impudent when she can get away with it. When at last the time comes for the Franks to go into hiding (Margot Frank, Anne's sister, has been issued an order for her removal) they do so with another family, the Van Daans. In a small floor hidden above Otto Frank's old workplace the two families are aided by faithful friends and employees. Over the course of the diary we watch and listen through Anne's eyes as, for two years, the people in the attic are put through terrible deprivations and trials.Read more ›
To understand the Holocaust (if one can understand such a thing at all), you simply have to look into the cell of a soon to be dead prisoner; to stand in the mustering ground of the prisoners' barracks and feel the hard gravel crunch beneath your feet; to peer into the terrifyingly etched interior of a human oven and let your mind try to wander its way through it all; to imagine, at the end of all other imaginings, what it must've felt like to live HERE. Not 6 million. Just you. Or someone you love.
THAT'S why Anne Frank and her diary will live on. Not because it' s a well written example of literary prowess. Not because it has a magnificent plot. Not because it has lasting value as a work of literature.Read more ›
Her family, refugees from Germany, immigrates to Holland where the boots of nazi oppression and psychopathic poison are not far behind. Ann's family hides from the invader in an attic where the Dutch who are the antithesis of German intolerance give them meager rations.
Ann's writing tells us about herself, and her relations with her family and the van Danns cramped in an attic always starving, and never being sure when they will be brought food, or if the police will find them. Through the turmoil of maturation from girl to woman,we learn of a girl's decency, innocence, and goodness.
All the hope for freedom is gone as the police discover the hide-out, and Ann is taken to a concentration camp where she dies two months before its liberation. Going back to the attic, her father finds her diary that will bring her immortality. Her legacy begins.
We all would have wanted to see Ann Frank and thousands of others like her live. No one, especially a young innocent girl should be treated so inhumanly without the least iota of mercy or decency. The irony is that her seemingly meaningless death among millions is what gave her life meaning, and allowed her story to be told to the world.
This book is a reminder that love and kindness survives the most vile lack of humanity. It is a testament to the human spirit.
Ann Frank would have been seventy-eight June 12, 2007.
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Shipping was great package well. I bought this for my granddaughter so that she knows what a 13 year old girl went through during World War 2 because my granddaughter is 13 years... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Even though we all know how the story ends it is so very interesting. I toured the house/factory after reading and was touched by the sad story.Published 1 day ago by Patricia16
I bought this book because I prefer non-fiction as opposed to fiction and I have always wanted to read her story. This book is a great read and very humbling. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Nathan Langenfeld
This has to be one of my favorite books that I had ever read. Its so emotional and does a great job in giving you a picture in how Anne frank felt in that house all those years... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Nicolas
I have always wanted to read this book and it was more than I anticipated. The diary is more than a description of a tragic life but more the development of a beautiful soul.Published 4 days ago by Tom Jowett