|Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
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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
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.
- We played, we laughed, we were loved, we died...
Anne's story has made an indelible impact on me and helped me see more clearly into both the loveliest and the most despicable parts of human nature. Her writing has opened my heart to love more deeply and my mind to think more critically.
Anne Frank started her journal on her 13th birthday, in 1942. Her father, Otto Frank, had moved his family to Amsterdam in 1933 to avoid the Nazi rise to power, but in 1940, Hitler invaded The Netherlands, thus trapping the family there. As sanctions against the Jews became stricter, Otto went in hiding with his family into "the secret annex", an assortment of hidden rooms in his office building where he had been manager. About this same time in 1942, Anne received her journal and began recording her thoughts, feelings, and daily activities to chronicle their existence. Anne had a gift for words, and her writing contains conceptualizations about her experiences and the war that are powerful and thought-provoking. Even more, she possessed empathy, courage, faith, and determination that inspires and motivates. Thus, her journal is not only a suburb retelling of events but a powerful statement about the capacity of a human's capacity to love in the midst of fear.
On August 04, 1944, following a tip, the German Security Police discovered the secret annex, took the inhabitant to the Gestapo, then a few days later stuffed them into a train with hundreds of other Jews and carted them off to hard labor at Auschwitz concentration camp. Anne, of course, was separated from her parents. She soon became weak from malnourishment and sickness. Just a few months before her 16th birthday and a month before the liberation, Anne died in the concentration camp. In fact, everyone in her family (her sister and mother) died during those months except for Anne's father, whom she loved most dearly.
My mind keeps returning to that horrible car drive to the Gestapo and the thoughts that must have raced through Anne's mind. Imagine the beating of young Anne's heart and the sick feeling in her stomach as she sits on those horrible aluminum seats awaiting her fate. Imagine the German military officer standing guard in the corner as armbands of death are stapled around the arms of the quiet family. His eyes keep finding the ground but he cannot avoid their eyes when he looks up.
Why do you avoid their eyes, young officer? Is it to avoid seeing a girl, just a girl, who had but one wish: to live and love, and in so doing, make an impact in this world for good? Why do you avoid the eyes of her father? You can see that he stares at his daughter with such love, such desire to protect...Are you afraid that looking into his eyes you might think of your own father and his love for you? Do you suddenly glimpse - as though reflected in a mirror - your own frail arm outstretched to receive the sentence of death as your father and mother watch helplessly? May your mind never find peace in your soul until you ask forgiveness from God Almighty and from the Jewish people for your part in this crime you now commit.
They must have all known in the depths of their hearts they were sending humans, lovely human beings, to a horrible fate. And yet a whole government was compelled to follow, follow, follow - that awful, insidious coaxing of Hitler as he beat a death drum to the near-annihilation of an entire race of people.
How very important it is that absolute principles of the value and dignity of the human race are written into the constitution of every government's code. Moral principles of mutual respect and responsibility must be upheld and valued as the highest law. Because all it takes is one man, an autocrat like Hitler, to compel his government to follow him and soon the whole country will be following, their moral compass disoriented by the magnetism of the mighty. It's written into our nature.
It takes a voice like Anne's, one whose self-honesty and examination allow her to see herself and others clearly, to inspire the rest of us to uphold the right of everyone to experience peace, freedom, and happiness.
To conclude, here's a poem by Barbara Sonek called "Holocaust". Remember the Holocaust and learn from it.
We played, we laughed
We were loved.
We were ripped from the arms of our
Parents and thrown into the fire.
We were nothing more than children.
We had a future. We were going to be
Lawyers, rabbis, wives, teachers, mothers.
We had dreams, then we had no hope.
We were taken away in the dead of night
Like cattle in cars, no air to breathe
Smothering, crying, starving, dying.
Separated from the world to be no more.
From the ashes, hear our plea.
This atrocity to mankind can not happen again.
Remember us, for we were the children
whose dreams and lives were stolen away....more info
- Great Job!
Great purchase! Love the discount! Our middle school students are enjoying this story! thank you....more info
- Anne Franke, OK
It was as described. A little more used than advertised, but alright.
Thank you....more info
- Intelligent but a bit too Feminist for guys...
It is a diary written by a 14 year old Jewish girl, who was forced into hiding with her family in Holland during WWII - hiding from the occupying Nazi Germans. You will be surprised how smart this 14 yr old girl (and her writing) was. Diary entries deal with her thought throughout the 2 years hiding:- hope, hopelessness, suffering trough cramped spaces with limited resources, dealing with personal conflicts between hiding members, thoughts of adolescent, etc. Cannot expect too much historical commentary, but a lot of Feminist sensitivity in it (warning for guys readers). The knowledge of the fact that she died afterward in a concentration camp (covered in Afterward of the book) makes her writing more tragic and reflecting. I will give a 4 out of 5 stars (due to the fact that it is not exactly my kind of book). I would think that this book is appealing especially for teenager, but I knew adults love this book as well....more info
- The Voice of Innocence
The words of her diary were an invitation into her heart and soul, and, in such a short time, I felt as though I knew Anne personally. She had such a brilliant mind and a warm heart. Even though I knew how the story would end, when I finished it I wept bitterly. I had grown to love this little girl and nothing seemed as unfair as her demise. But I realized that through her death, she spoke for the millions of innocent people that died unknown. She was the epitomy of all the beauty that was destroyed in the holocaust. Anne was a martyr and she will be remembered here on earth and in heaven....more info
- Great, honest book
As a budding historian, I love this memoir. It gives a unique perspective into what it was like to be a young Jewish girl during the Holocaust. It is an amazing story, written by a couragous girl and it can really open people's minds up to the whole story. It is definitely one of those books that you just have to read in your lifetime. The unedited version is great as well as the previous versions....more info
- A triumph of humanity in the face of thuggish brutality
The basic outline of Anne Frank's story is well-known. A young Jewish girl was forced to go into hiding with her family and others during WWII in occupied Amsterdam. After two years of concealment, they were betrayed to the Nazis. Anne died in the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen before her 16th birthday. She is generally seen as a figure of pity.
This was one of those books that I always meant to read and now, having finally gotten around to it, I find myself privileged to have met such an extraordinary person. After such intimate contact with her most private thoughts, it really begins to feel that she someone with whom I have spent some time. Anne was a talented writer, even at the ages of 13-15, and her diary presents a full portrait of a complex human being, not merely a noble sufferer. The nobility is certainly there, especially in the later entries, but so is the peevishness and self-centeredness of the teenage years. She presents her inner world so clearly that it becomes plain that the world lost a great voice and perhaps a great author when the Nazis murdered her. This document is one of the greatest indictments of the Holocaust.
- She was quirky and lovable... and caught up in the hatred of stupid men
I'm extremely glad that the movie 'Freedom Writers' inspired me to buy this book from Amazon.com! This diary is one cheerful young girl's account of a semi-life in hiding from the Nazi's. No wonder it is the second most popular book in the world, only second to the bible - it truly brings history to life.
Even knowing the fate of Anne cannot smother the shock of reaching the conclusion of her diary. It's one thing to hear of the horrific things that transpired throughout the holocaust, but to read a 'private' diary and grow to know all the 'characters' mentioned in it, is to become even more uncomprehending of the horrors inflicted on these people based on their race.
Anne was obviously very intelligent, a talented writer, and possessed an enduring spirit. A story that emphasises the beauty that can be lost due to the evil of men....more info
- Review and reflection upon re-reading Anne's diary
It's my fault for following up a re-reading of The Catcher in the Rye with a re-reading of The Diary of Anne Frank. I feel overwhelmed by memories of my youth. The beautiful sunny day outside is fighting with my hyper-brooding and melancholy mood. I don't think I was ever as fascinating as Anne is in her diary. I know that I have never been so in earnest about anything. Here's a teenage girl reading books like I used to play video games and watch stupid movies. Here's a curious and Renaissance mind while mine has become complacent and clogged with jingles from television commercials.
Anne's explorations into her own mind and emotions are naked and honest. Her observations about war, God, love, the Jews, the Nazis, the British, and her family and friends emit alternating currents of acuteness and na?vet¨¦. Her sexual awakening is refreshing and innocent. Her understanding of her own psychology is penetrating, complex, and unfolds over the course of the diary. I'm amazed at the force of Anne's vibrancy. It appears that even the worst of circumstances cannot stop a life-loving girl from becoming a woman.
For all the wildness of Anne's thoughts and emotions, she gets closer to centering herself in the final few entries. As she quickly matures in the last quarter of the diary, I noticed the right side of the book becoming thinner and I didn't want the diary to end, because I knew what that meant. I swear that the closing pages of Anne's diary are haunted.
At some point in your life, you should read Anne's diary. I suggest re-reading it a few times throughout your life, in fact. It remains an important historical document but also an eternal reminder of youth, life, and love when the world around you isn't like you know it should be.
- Spectacular propaganda
This is, at best, a novelization of Anne Frank's diary. I don't doubt that there was a young Jewish girl named Anne Frank who lived in the Secret Annexe with her family and four other people. I don't doubt that she kept a diary of her life in the Annexe, or that all the occupants were terrified of being discovered. I don't doubt that they were the victims of a terrible crime against humanity.
What I doubt is that the Anne Frank who speaks to us through the words is the real Anne Frank. Instead, the Anne Frank of the book is a creation of the editor and translator. She writes unlike any 13-15 year old. Her words are unmatched in eloquence and she uses words and phrases that are far beyond the vocabulary of even bright young teens.
Likewise, the pacing and story construction is so well done as to call into question the authenticity of Anne's words. The book is too novel-like to be believable as a diary. The clever use of wording and pacing lead to a depth that can be plumbed for meaning many times over. One such "trick" is how Peter Van Daan is called to be respectful towards Anne in their blooming romance. Anne is hopeful that Peter will not "disappoint" her by making too forward of advances. Later on, she mentions in a single breath that she is disappointed in him, but this is not accompanied by any explanation. The very next diary entry, she relays her fretfulness over her late period. The astute reader may put two and two together and come to the conclusion that Anne and Peter may have been having sexual relations. But it is cleverly never said outright.
Another example is how the diary foreshadows Anne's reunion with Lies through her premonitions. Before her death, Anne once again met with Lies at the concentration camp. It is a little too convenient.
The incarnation of Dostoyevsky's Amalia Ivanovna in the person of Mrs. Van Daan was a nice touch. (poof! poof!)
The triumphant closing diary entry stands in sharp contrast to the subsequent real-life events that took the lives of most of the Secret Annexe occupants. The book is too perfect, its timing too impeccable, and its style too eloquent that it ceases to be the diary of Anne Frank and is instead the novelization of whatever diary she may have actually kept.
Strangely, it was the afterword that affected me the most. Where it is the narrator discussing the end of Anne's life as it happened, where she is stripped of her eloquence and becomes the real Anne Frank once again.
The book is deep and rich. It encourages thoughtfulness in the reader, and challenges the reader to examine his own beliefs. It humanizes the victims and shows them to be sometimes good, sometimes bad, many times brave, and occasionally terrified. It's less the diary of a young girl than it is the tragic story of people making the best in an impossible situation. I can't recommend it enough....more info
- Anne Frank Diary
A very good book, just the one my child needed for school...more info
- The Desperate Writings of a Girl and Wartime Tragedy
Although this book is indispensable in the history of Hitler's antisemitism.
Ann Ann is very optimistic, very confident even in such a small and isolated confinement. To read such meaningful, young dreams in her diary is like really knowing and understanding her.
It's so very hard to imagine such a young girl could be happy, be romantic ,lively and so hopeful in these terrible circumstances.
The book closes on the morbid reality that only Ann's father survived the camps, the other five expired.
I recommend it highly, especially to young people who may not appreciate , or who may have thought their situation is oppressive. ...more info
- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Great book. A valuable addendum when reading The Freedom Writers. A very positive teaching tool. My 17 year old daughter has enjoyed the book and it has enhanced her views and opened her mind to many issues that still exist in the world today....more info
- she was way beyond her years....
i first read this book when i was 14-15, and i just finished reading it again at age 32 and i throughly enjoyed it. Anne Frank was someone who was a deep thinker who discussed subjects like: politics, love, nature, death, philosophy, human nature and history. She gives very accurate details of what life was like for her and her family in Nazi-controlled Amsterdam. The restrictions placed on Jewish people and she even describes the heart pounding day her family decided to leave for the 'secret annexe.' How quiet they have to be and to never go outdoors for the next 25 months. I am still in awe of what an intelligent and deep thinker Anne Frank was, for example on p. 263, she even says 'in spite of everything, i still believe that people are really good at heart'. This from the young girl who heard planes bombings above her head sometimes on a daily basis...i plan to visit the Anne Frank house sometime in the future and i recommend this book to everyone!!! Anne Frank was one of millions of victims of the holocaust but still believed in the good of all people. Still a terrific read after all these years......more info
- Dear Kitty, how do you review a diary?
It is one of the most important written works ever published. The diary of Anne Frank, written by a 13 year old Jewish girl from 1942-1944 in Amsterdam, during the Nazi occupation.
It is amazing to me that an ordinary girl, could write a diary that would tell with such clarity the apalling atrocities that forced people to hide out and evacuate Europe at that time.
The diary shows a resilience that is remarkable. In this extraordinary situation, Anne shows the normal thoughts and feelings of a teenage girl, falling in love for the first time, her first kiss, her frustration with her mother and room mates.
It is an amazing read, and very important reminder of a time that we should not forget.
- one of the world's best pieces of literature
[...] I recall the honest Anne Frank, whose youthful truths have been denied many times, faulting her father for overlooking her grievances. "He failed to see," she jots down in the last few entries of that fateful journal, "that this struggle to triumph over my difficulties was more important to me than anything else. I didn't want to hear about `typical adolescent problems,' or `other girls,' or `you'll grow out of it.' I didn't want to be treated the same as all-the-other-girls, but as Anne-in-her-own-right" [...] --from "Recollections"...more info
- i'm very unsure
i'm just commenting on the person who claims that anyone who says this diary is fake...Is totally disrespecting all people who suffered in the holocaust bla bla...
That's unbelievable, I must say i have to question the authenticity of this "diary"...Does that make me a nazi, an anti-semite? to most people it would which is totally stupid in my mind.
Anyways, the textbook view of a concentration camp...Prisoners were sent from trains to the camp where they'd go through several rooms and then have to shower because there was an outbreak inside the camp...Mainly the men who looked suitable to work were selected to labour until they couldn't keep themselves up while the rest (mainly women and children) were sent to the showers which was actually a large gas chamber...3000 people would be crammed into a room of about 240 square metres and then 30 minutes after the gas was released...SS guards would walk in the chamber while eating and smoking to get the bodies cremated.
Now maybe something is wrong here, Wouldn't Anne Frank be in that mass group sent straight to the gas chamber?
so maybe this is an authentic piece, but in my eyes it most likely is not....more info
- A Must Read for Any Teenager Today
While daydreaming in class, do you ever place yourself in the shoes of another of another thirteen year old? Perhaps another teenager in a different historical era? "The Diary of Anne Frank" would allow you to do just that. This diary tells the story of a thirteen year old Jewish girl, forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust with her family of four. Making entries every day, Anne writes of her life in hiding; documenting her feelings of love, the noises of gunshots outside her house and the changes her body and spirit continue to experience as she develops into a teenager. She writes of normal "becoming a teenager obstacles" such as her parents treating her unfairly, the other family always picking on her and a lonely existence in the confined space. This book does a splendid job of describing the drama that enfolds with eight people living in tight quarters. Just as many of you may have felt trapped in your teenage life, Anne's is magnified in the "Secret Annex" of a room.
I believe that this book is more real than any other narrative or memoir can be due to Anne's innocence without worrying about the outside critics. It leaves itself for you to easily empathize with the hardships of Anne with her honest accounts of observations, memories, feelings and troubles any teenager experiences, in addition to the complexity of her tragic situation. I highly recommend this book to any teenager who hopes to understand life's hardest lessons. If there was one negative about the book, it would be the repetitive nature of some of the entries. Many of the entries seem quite monotonous, but isn't this true of most teenagers' lives? Although this book is 304 pages, it is a quick read with it unlikely you would want to put it down. Published in 1993 by Bantam, it still applies this day to any teenager. ...more info
- A glimpse into the life of Anne Frank
"Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" is the diary (a non-fiction work) of a Jewish teenager who lived during the Holocaust and World War II. The book is 304 pages, which includes an introduction written by Eleanor Roosevelt and an afterword, which contains information about what happened to the Frank family after Anne's diary ends. Bantam published this edition in 1993, although a press in Amsterdam first published the diary in 1947. It was her father, Otto Frank, who went back to the place where the family hid for over two years, found the diary, and decided to publish it. Originally, parts in which Anne discusses and expresses her romantic feelings were cut out of the book, as the publisher felt they were too risqu¨¦; but when the diary was published in the U.S., these parts were put back into the book. This edition also includes photographs of Anne Frank, as well as photocopies of the actual pages of the diary. By including these, the reader is really able to get a sense of Anne's personality through her handwriting. The Reading level of this book is about an 8.2, meaning it is perfect for 8th graders, or those who read at about an 8th grade reading level, although it is a book you will read over and over, even after you become an adult.
The diary is fascinating to read--Anne begins the diary on her thirteenth birthday, weeks before her family goes into hiding. As the war rages in Europe, Anne is forced to wear a gold star, designating her as Jewish, but her life continues in a relatively normal way. This all changes when a note arrives, stating that the Nazi's want her older sister, Margot. The Frank family hides, spending their next two years in a secret annex in the building where Otto Frank worked. Anne and her family share their space with four other people--Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan (business associates of Mr. Frank), their son, Peter, and Mr. Dussel. Anne is faced with the challenge of living out her adolescence in such a confined space.
As you read her diary, you will be able to relate to the range of emotions Anne displays. She gets excited about events, she feels scared and nervous about her life, she falls in love and receives her first kiss while in hiding, she feels jealousy towards her sister, and she often feels anger and resentment toward her mother. If you did not know the context of her life, Anne might seem like a normal teenager you might know. Yet, as she wonders about whether Peter likes her or not, she also has to worry about if someone will betray the family. She lives in constant fear of discovery, and everyday, the seven hidden members of their Annex follow the news, praying for the defeat of the Nazis, so that they can once again live their lives. Ultimately, tragedy strikes Anne and her family, but Anne's words have given generations of teenagers a glimpse into what it was really like living through the Holocaust. I found this book to be so wonderful that I can't say anything bad about it, and I encourage everyone to read this dairy so that you too can understand what it was like to be a teenager living through the Holocaust....more info
- ACH, DU LIEEEEEEEBEEEEEERRRRR!!!! Why, oh, why ist das Diary des Anne Frank oh-sooooo FRIGGIN' Laaaaaaaaaaangweeeeeeeeil ig?!?!?
ACH, DU LIEBER!!!!
That's the biting phrase that can best epitomize my personal feelings at the disconnect between the expectation of Anne Frank's diary and the actual reality of reading it. The Diary of Anne Frank is very, very, very disappointing and a humongous letdown!!!! To wit, I must implacably question and hold in contempt the judgment processes of the many, previous, sycophant reviewers who've been exaggerating the "beauty" or "grace" or whatever politically correct term of flattery they can invent for this diary. The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most caustic examples of herd mentality-syndrome and mass hysteria among the many positive-rating, Amazon reviewers. In truth, this diary of Anne's is just plain, bloody awful and doesn't deserve its classic status to say the least!!!! I suppose the hordes of five-star reviewers simply turned off their brains, refused to analyze Anne's diary critically, and just subserviently jumped on the bandwagon of conventional wisdom, where her diary is hailed a "classic." BS!!!!
After having thoroughly read this, I can assure you that it's no classic and D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y not worth your time or money...unless, of course, you get your kicks and jollies from plumbing the trivial and superficial mind of a fourteen-year-old. This stellar, brutally-but-intellectually-honest review of mine will analytically break down precisely what the hell's wrong with Anne's diary (plenty!) and warn you against reading it. If you're not narrow-minded and can take an analysis which intrepidly contravenes the discreditable conventional wisdom of the masses, then you'll be grateful for this review. If you're a hypersensitive sheeple, then I expect you to be appalled and shocked at the alleged "audacity" of this review, but that's YOUR problem, not mine. All I concern myself with is an intellectually honest review of this diary.
I went into The Diary of Anne Frank because it came to my attention that I hadn't read it in high school, whereas many of my peers had indeed had it mandated for reading in school. I attended a Catholic high school, and it's not like Catholics have something even remotely to be shameful about concerning their treatment of Jews in WWII. Why, in fact, educated people know that even N*zi Adolf Eichmann confessed in his diaries that the Catholic Church in occupied Italy was the only organization that loudly protested and opposed the mass deportation of Jews from their "ghetto" in Rome. So, I wanted to catch up on this apparent "classic" because it was missed reading at my old, Catholic high school.
However, I absolutely regret and curse this misjudgment of mine due to the appalling quality and shortcoming of the content of the diary. See, as a new reader, I perceptively went into the Diary of Anne Frank with the reasonable expectation that it would, you know, perhaps talk about her feelings relating to--I don't know!--the genocidal, N*zi occupation, which had forced her family and some acquaintances into an attic, where they lived like imprisoned animals under extreme duress. That would make for an interesting read obviously because one would delve into the psychology of a person in such duress and try to relate. Conventional wisdom has it that that's what her diary mainly relates to, but in actuality...her diary's actually filled to the nauseating brim with her infatuation (nah, kids these days would call it her "crushing) on her attic-mate Peter; endlessly boring stories about preparing and storing vegetables in their attic; girl talk about her prior crush before she went into hiding; lurid tales about her discovering her budding sexuality; typical teen-girl angst about how she's never really had close girlfriends; grumbling about the adults in the attic always rebuking her due to her forthrightness; and how she hates her mother like a typical EMO teenager, just to name a few!!!!
Anne disappointingly spends precious few entries (the vast minority) on the more interesting and valuable ruminations, such as those on human nature, persecution of Jews, and the terror felt inside the attic that came primarily from being discovered, or from the sounds and sights of war breaking loose outside her attic (on a couple of entries, she even recounts stories of downed fighter planes and their pilots' fate). That's the unpardonable fault of her diary because only these kinds of idiosyncratic entries actually material to WW2 are what would elevate her diary above that of any other, mundane, teen girl's. That so much of her diary is precisely so ordinary according to what one stereotypically expects from ANY teen girl's entries is the real pity in this exaggeratedly hyped work.
I found the purpose of Anne's diary much more useful in detailing how more wonderfully conservative society was in the 40s--rather than getting the reader to empathize with WW2-era, persecuted Jews--compared to today's liberal nightmare. In example, Anne's many entries where she's "crushing" on her attic-mate, Peter, involve feelings of sincere, simplistic affection and puppy love, maybe quaint but still adorable in hindsight. For instance, in many entries, Anne swoons over attic-mate Peter's confiding in her or the way he merely looks at her; to her as a girl in the 40s back then, that already qualified as a "fantasy." Contrast this to the inarguable fact that in today's world, many 14-year-olds in Anne's shoes would probably have infectious thoughts of desiring to sexually please their crushes (and then do so!) just so they could feel like "true women!" Another unmistakable motif in Anne's experiences that comes through as a confirmation of how more wonderfully conservative things were back then is the constant reference to schoolwork, and, by golly, actually doing well at it! In some entries, Anne actually *gulp* takes pride in getting good grades in school and measuring herself as a person based on her work ethic in class, again, wonderfully "old-fashioned." Again, contrast this with many 14-year-olds today who--especially if they're in the NEA's public schools--can't read, write or do any `rithmetic, yet can tell you all kinds of things about the b*tches and h*es in rap music!!!!
This latest edition of her diary, The so-called Definitive Edition, includes inexcusably AWKWARD entries involving Anne's sexual awakening, which is also a discomforting sign of the incrementing liberalism that's occurring societally, whereas her dad, Otto, wisely omitted these lewd entries from the original publication. For instance, on page 162, she writes, "Once when I was spending the night at Jacque's, I could no longer restrain my curiosity about her body, which she'd always hidden from me and which I'd never seen. I asked her whether, as proof of our friendship, we could touch each other's br*asts. Jacque refused. I also had a terrible desire to kiss her, which I did. Every time I see a female nude...I go into ecstasy." Gross!!!! This egregiously has nothing to do with WW2, or a person's feelings of being imprisoned in an attic while hoping the N*zis don't discover her. The inclusion of this lewdness was utterly ill-advised.
Surprisingly, though, some of Anne's entries include reflections which prove she possessed moral clarity and, unlike today's liberals (the arbiters of moral relativism), had the ability to judge between good and evil with regards to WW2. For instance, on page 334 (from July 21, 1944), she writes, "Now, at last, things are going well!...An *ss*ssination attempt has been made on H*tler's life, and for once not by Jewish Communists or English capitalists, but by a German general...This is the best proof we've had so far that many officers and generals are fed up with the war and would like to see H*tler sink into a bottomless pit..." Here, Anne clearly demonstrates that she confidently feels it's perfectly all right to be happy at the prospect of your enemy being killed in a war. Further, she also interprets the *ss*ssination attempt in a pro-Allies, anti-German way, suspecting that H*tler's generals are turning on him. Contrast that to today's dreadful, modern liberals who would have a hell of a hard time rejoicing about the prospect of Bin Laden's death or any terrorist's, for that matter, because they're too obsessed with getting them "legal rights" through habeas corpus and moving them onto the US mainland for detention purposes!!!!
Still, Anne's diary is soooo disappointingly off-the-mark that I want anyone even flirting with the idea of reading a fourteen-year-old's musings to just boycott it. It's so dreadful because it mostly evades reflecting on WW2 and the hardships of attic life. Mainly, it reads like every other fourteen-year-old girl's diary from the beginning of time to infinity, and, so, is an absolutely superficial read!!!! To get an idea of how WW2 affected people, you can get a better read almost ANYWHERE ELSE. If you want to get inside a fourteen-year-old girl's trivial head--which Anne's diary is really mostly about: crushes, boys, resentment of parents, etc.--you should just steal your kid sister's. What's that? Don't have a kid sister?! Well, then steal the diary of your friend's or neighbor's kid sister because you'll get the same trivialities there as in Anne Frank's diary....more info
- Moving, poignant
Great read, highly recommend for all jr. high and Sr. high kids. I read this book in high school (many many years ago) and wanted to read it again because of the movie "Freedom Writers" and it's integral part in the movie. I highly recommend it...more info
- A classic!
A classic that we all should read when we are young, and again when we are older. It emphasizes the fact that evil does exist in our world, and that evil often comes from a government. It belongs in all of our libraries....more info
- Captured in Time
Anne Frank's tale is a snapshot frozen in time.
Neither faded recollections nor hindsight feature here. This was written with the clarity of the present tense through the eyes of a young girl living through a terrible chapter of world history. This immediacy serves to empower the story further and move the reader in ways that so few books can.
Author: "Down to Earth"
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- Every Woman should take the time to reread Anne Frank!
The last time I really read the diary of Anne Frank, I was nine.
This time, I'm a grown-up. My reaction to reading Anne Frank this time was as if I had blinders taken away from my eyes. Instead of just seeing a girl in hiding and feeling oppressed with the sadness of her unfulfilled life, I saw a profoundly real teen-age girl with unbelievable wisdom and hosesty. She seems to be the compliation of all the inner knowledge, wisdom, sexual and emotional development of all girls. She is almost like the western world's Shakespeare for girls. For example, I was enthralled with her intimate feelings and thoughts around her crush on Peter. Lots of girls fall in love or have a crush, but few know how to process their feelings. Anne seems to understood so much about the ego development of a person in transition from child to woman. What she is able to put into words about her crush should help any girl experiencing deep and complex feelings.
I think every woman should take some time and re-read Anne Frank. You will certainly fall in love with her in a different way than the first time around. You may find yourself sobbing later, as I found myself, when her love of life and feelings and insights about growing-up, welled up inside of me with the realization that Anne never got a chance to do all the things that most of us women take for granted: the husband, the kids, the first apartment, friends over, pets, just getting out in the fresh air!
Anne held on to her ideals and dreams and she hoped that there would be a time that she could carry them out. She didn't make it, but we have. And so if every woman who reads this book can just be a little more insightful, a little more caring, a little more loving, listen a little harder to kids and teens-then in a way, we have carried out, as best we can, her ideals.
- A Heartbreaking Diary
I once tried to teach this incredible book to a class, and my voice just stopped working as I started to tell the fates of each of the people in hiding. I thought at that moment that this was the saddest book ever written.
With this edition, a new generation gets to discover Anne Frank, and those of us who have been around for a while definitely get to see a different young Anne, one who is more of a teen-ager. But the new material simply makes her more human, more vulnerable, more a symbol of the tragic losses of the Holocaust. Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl has profoundly affected millions of people, and I, for one, believe it will continue to do so endlessly.
Lawrence J. Epstein, author of "At the Edge of a Dream: The Story of Jewish Immigrants on New York's Lower East Side."...more info