Anne Frank by Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl

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I really liked Anne Frank because you could see her astonishing bravery, and I liked the way she made it feel happy sometimes and sad some other times.
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The diary as Anne Frank wrote it. At last, in a  new translation, this definitive edition contains  entries about Anne's burgeoning sexuality and  confrontations with her mother that were cut from  previous editions. Anne Frank's The Diary of a  Young Girl is among the most enduring  documents of the twentieth century. Since its  publication in 1947, it has been a beloved and deeply  admired monument to the indestructible nature of the  human spirit, read by millions of people and  translated into more than fifty-five languages.  Doubleday, which published the first English translation  of the diary in 1952, now offers a new translation  that captures Anne's youthful spirit and restores  the original material omitted by Anne's father,  Otto -- approximately thirty percent of the diary.  The elder Frank excised details about Anne's  emerging sexuality, and about the often-stormy relations  between Anne and her mother. Anne Frank and her  family, fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation  forces, hid in the back of an Amsterdam office building  for two years. This is Anne's record of that time.  She was thirteen when the family went into the  "Secret Annex," and in these pages, she grows  to be a young woman and proves to be an insightful  observer of human nature as well. A timeless story  discovered by each new generation, The  Diary of a Young Girl stands without peer.  For young readers and adults, it continues to  bring to life this young woman, who for a time  survived the worst horrors the modern world had seen -- and  who remained triumphantly and heartbreakingly  human throughout her ordeal.


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Anne Frank, June 1929 - March 1945 Anneliesse Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. She was the second daughter of Otto and Edith Frank. Anne's father was a factory worker, who moved his family to Amsterdam in 1933 to escape the Nazi's. There he opened up a branch of his uncle's company and Anne and her sister Margot resumed a normal life, attending a Montessori School in Amsterdam. The Germans attacked the Netherlands in 1940 and took control, issuing anti-Jewish decrees, and forcing the Frank sisters into a Jewish Lyceum instead of their old school. Their father Otto decided to find a place for the family to hide should the time come that the Nazi's came to take them to a concentration camp. He chose the annex above his offices and found some trustworthy friends among his fellow workers to supply the family with food and news. On July 5, 1942, Margot received a "call up" to serve in the Nazi "work camp." The next day, the family escaped to the annex, welcoming another family, the van Pels, which consisted of Hermann and Auguste van Pels and their son Peter. Fritz Pfeffer also came to stay with them, causing the count to come to eight people hiding in the annex. Anne, Margot and Peter continued their studies under the tutelage of Otto, and all of the captives found ways to entertain themselves for the long years they remained hidden. On August 4, 1944, four Dutch Nazis came to arrest the eight, having discovered their hiding place through an informant. Anne's diary was left behind and found later by one of the family's friends. The eight were taken to prison in Amsterdam and then deported to Westerbork before being shipped to Auschwitz. At Auschwitz, the men were separated from the women and Hermann van Pels was immediately gassed. Fritz Pfeffer died at Neuenganme in 1944. Anne, Margot and Mrs. van Pels were taken to Bergen-Belson, leaving behind Anne's mother, Edith, who died at Auschwitz of starvation and exhaustion in 1945. At Bergen-Belson, Anne and Margot contracted typhus and died of the disease in March of 1945. Anne was 15 and Margot was 17. The exact date and the place they were buried is unknown. Otto Frank was the only one of the original group of eight who were hidden in the annex to survive. He was left for dead at Auschwitz when the Russian Army came to liberate the camp. It is due to him that Anne's diary was published and became the success it is.
 
Published September 15, 2010 by Anchor. 436 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, War, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by bunkbedbobby on Sep 23 2014

I really liked Anne Frank because you could see her astonishing bravery, and I liked the way she made it feel happy sometimes and sad some other times.

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Reviewed by bunkbedbobby on Sep 11 2014

In some ways, Anne Frank has changed how I see the Second World War. I was most surprised when she said that in the future no one would want the read it!

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by dewdrop on Aug 15 2014

I highly recommend it to anyone who is willing to look at the honest works of a glorious author and to whoever wishes to remember Anne Frank as if they were a dear friend.

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Reviewed by Lisa Westerfield on Apr 03 2014

It is the sort of book that definitely needs to be taught in schools and should be read once every decade as a reminder that beauty can thrive anywhere and that our humanity towards each other is far more important than any political philosophy, economic situation, or religion.

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Common Sense Media

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on Sep 09 2014

...Anne Frank's diary is a singular, moving look at World War II from a young girl's perspective...What we as readers know about what happened to Jews outside the world of the book, and what happened to Anne after the book ends, is inescapable in the experience of reading Anne's diary.

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Reviewed by Englick on Jan 28 2014

I recommend this book to anyone who loves history and nonfiction. This is a truly amazing book. It's not only full of historical information, but it is also a great story. I hope that everyone who reads it finds as much joy as I did.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Jan 28 2014

No one can read The Diary of Anne Frank and not take away a very valuable lesson. Focusing on the problems of growing up, dealing with tough times, and the never-ending power of hope...After reading this treasured book, I felt humbled, more knowledgeable and genuinely touched.

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Reviewed by Liberty-May on May 08 2012

I would recommend this book to anyone; it is an inspiring story of an ordinary girl, who when put in a dangerous position writes the extra-ordinary. I thoroughly enjoyed it as it is both uplifting and enriching.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Aron on Apr 09 2014

The qualities of a talented budding writer is very much evident from the expressive and bold style of Anne's writing even in her diary of personal record.

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Book Review Circle

Good
Reviewed by Ashmita Saha on Jan 28 2014

The book is easy to read and can be finished in a couple of sessions... It is a journal of the life of a young girl and uses a linear story line from the first person narrative perspective...I loved the book. I cried after finishing it.

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Excellent
on Sep 06 2014

Parents need to know that Anne Frank's diary is a singular, moving look at World War II from a young girl's perspective...She is a remarkably clever, thoughtful narrator, and her diary is as entertaining as it is a significant historical document.

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Reviewed by Simon Savidge on Mar 09 2012

The way Anne describes how they interact, the highs and lows of living with so many people in such small a space with no escape and how you never really know people until you live with them is fascinating,

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