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The Diary of a Young Girl [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne Frank , Eleanor Roosevelt , B.M. Mooyaart
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June 1 1993
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.

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A beloved classic since its initial publication in 1947, this vivid, insightful journal is a fitting memorial to the gifted Jewish teenager who died at Bergen-Belsen, Germany, in 1945. Born in 1929, Anne Frank received a blank diary on her 13th birthday, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Her marvelously detailed, engagingly personal entries chronicle 25 trying months of claustrophobic, quarrelsome intimacy with her parents, sister, a second family, and a middle-aged dentist who has little tolerance for Anne's vivacity. The diary's universal appeal stems from its riveting blend of the grubby particulars of life during wartime (scant, bad food; shabby, outgrown clothes that can't be replaced; constant fear of discovery) and candid discussion of emotions familiar to every adolescent (everyone criticizes me, no one sees my real nature, when will I be loved?). Yet Frank was no ordinary teen: the later entries reveal a sense of compassion and a spiritual depth remarkable in a girl barely 15. Her death epitomizes the madness of the Holocaust, but for the millions who meet Anne through her diary, it is also a very individual loss. --Wendy Smith


"The new edition reveals a new depth to Anne's  dreams, irritations, hardship, and passions…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 indestructivle nobility of  spirit in the face of pure  evil."—Chicago Tribune

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and deeply moving March 19 2004
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Before I read Anne Frank's famous diary of her experiences in 1942-1944 as a Jewish teenager hiding in Amsterdam, I wondered if it was so well-known because it was well-written, or because it served as a compelling historical document of a difficult time and place. After reading it I can say that, for me at least, it is both.
Anne's story has so many elements. It is largely the story of herself, a developing, maturing teenager, and the people she interacts with on a daily basis. But as the Nazis take over and she is forced to go into hiding with her family, there is a sharp feeling of change. It is still her story, a very personal story. And yet, permeating her story at every point is this sense of something very dangerous all around, constantly threatening to encroach. We already know most or all of what the Nazis did as they occupied much of Europe, but Anne's diary is a historical document in the sense that it provides a unique, deeply personal perspective on how that time effected a very few people. Some people wil say that history is mainly told in the big events, but I disagree. History means little if we can't see how it effects even the most unlikely, otherwise unknown people. In reading Anne's diary, I could see history's effect on the individual more clearly than ever before.
And yet her writing itself is quite good as well. It's fairly good when the diary begins, with her at age 13. It is even better when it ends, shortly after she turns 15. She had a talent for description and an eye for detail that is rare in any writer, and she was very honest in her feelings, opinions, and experiences. We get her impressions of the Germans and the occupation, of course, but we also get the stories of her squabbles with her family and with the other members of the "Secret Annex.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Condition! March 29 2014
By Michael
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I ordered this book for school. It came in an ok time. The book was in a good condition no folds or wrinkles. Overall good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing true story a must read book Dec 12 2013
By Heather
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Such a brave young lady Based on a true story This had me on my toes another great page turner I recommend this to everyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book Oct. 8 2013
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great historic book, great for 13 and up! makes you appreciate the "free" world we live in. buy this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Return of an old friend Aug. 5 2013
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I had this book when I was younger, and it got lost
when I moveed out, so I was glad to have it again.
It was in good condition with no missing pages. I
highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diary of Anne Frank May 17 2013
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Have not read it yet.
But book came brand new and quicker than I was told online
Was a nice surprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Oct. 17 2012
By Tanisha
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The Diary of A Young Girl gives a first hand account of what Anne Frank and her family experienced while in hiding.I read this book many ,many times before and was always captivated by the sheer tenacity of young Anne.I bought the book for my children to read and to hopefully help to encourage the kind of perseverance this young girl possessed. The book is priced very well and is worth far more than the few dollars it costs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Diary of Anne Frank: Lest We Forget Sept. 6 2012
By Scoopriches TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The Diary of Anne Frank: Lest We Forget

Anne Frank. The name of the most well known victim of the Holocaust. A young, bright girl whose life was ended by a madman. And she left behind a Diary.

A 13th birthday gift from her parents is what caused the Diary to come into being. Anne started writing on June 12, 1942. She poured all her thoughts, feelings, angers, and most importantly, love, into this volume. It was her.

When she begins, Anne is living with her parents and older sister in Holland. Her family have been moved around and living separately for quite some time, all while trying to stay out of the way of the Nazis. Because they are Jewish, insane laws and endless harassments are something they have to endure, and Anne has to chronicle. And it gets worse and worse and worse. And it's disgusting.

Shortly after she starts the Diary, her family has to go into hiding. Another family with a teenage boy, Peter, also move into the hidden annex Anne's father has set up. Some time later, a lone middle aged man also takes up residence. The annex were a set of small hidden rooms on the upper floors of Anne's fathers business. This mix of people in a small confined space, never allowed to leave, constantly watching out, causes friction and panic to spread. The pain is always.

Anne is very insightful with her observations of everyone she is trapped with. Her parents strained marriage is something she understands, all while solidly siding with her beloved father. She also has a complicated relationship with her sister Margot. The next family, called the Van Pels (names changed by Anne to protect loved ones) she is scathingly disliking. Their son Peter becomes her object of obsession and love.
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