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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
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Jul 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: europe, spring-2012, autobiography-memoir, classic, holocaust, world-war-ii, netherlands, war
Read from April 14 to 16, 2012

The Jewish family of Anne Frank escaped from Nazi Germany to Holland. Eventually Hitler and the German army took over Holland, and the Jews were being sent to concentration camps. In 1942, the Franks, the Van Daans, and Mr Dussel went into hiding in the Secret Annexe of the building that held the offices of Mr Frank and his business partners. They were aided by the courageous business associates who brought them food, books, and news. The book is the diary that Anne kept during the two years they were in hiding.

Anne's diary seemed like the writing of a typical outgoing, rebellious teenager in some of her entries. Other entries showed her to be wise beyond her fourteen years as she discusses the war, politics, and her goal of becoming a journalist and a writer. There were times of terror when they feared they had been discovered in their secret rooms, and times of terrible boredom when they longed to go outdoors. It was difficult for eight people to get along with each other day after day for two years.

The diary ended in August 1944. The next page said that the occupants of the Secret Annexe had been arrested and sent to concentration camps. Only Anne's father survived. Anne's diary was found in the Secret Annexe and first published in 1947 in Holland. The diary is an amazing record of a terrible time in history.
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