19-03-2018 07:07 pm
Title: The Diary of Anne Frank, or "The Diary of a Young Girl"
Author: Anne Frank
Published: June 25th, 1947
About the Author:
Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany on June 12th, 1929, and Anne and her family were of the Jewish faith. Anne was the youngest daughter of Edith (nee Hollander) and Otto Heinrich Frank, and sister to Margot who was three years older.
After the outbreak of World War II and the Nazi's had taken control of Germany, Anne and her family moved to Amsterdam in the Netherlands when she was 4 years old. When the Germans invaded the Netherlands in 1940 and occupied the country, it was impossible for the Franks family to flee from the Netherlands. In 1941 Anne was stripped of her citizenship, which meant she became stateless. In other words, the country in which she was born in (Germany) deprived her of the legal right to be recognised as a German citizen.
From 1942 to 1944, Anne and her family together with other families of similar faith went into hiding. They hid in an "annex" which was concealed behind a bookshelf in the same building where Anne's father, Otto worked. After living in the annex for more than two years, Anne and her family were reported to the Gestapo (German police), and arrested in the fall of 1944. This is where Anne's written accounts of her life ends.
Anne and her family were sent to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and eventually transferred to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, where Anne, Margot and their mother died about 7 months before the end of the war. Anne's father, Otto was the only one of his family who survived. When he returned to Amsterdam after the war, he was given Anne's diary from one of his "helpers" who kept Otto and his family hidden for 2 years. In 1947 Otto published Anne's diary. Today her book is a classic that has been read by teenagers all over the world.
On Anne's 15th birthday and just prior to Anne and her family going into hiding, she received a diary gifted to her by father. Anne regularly wrote in her diary about how difficult it was to live life in hiding. Anne and the seven others had to stay quiet and never venture outside the annex, so as to not tip off the workers in the warehouse below the annex. As a result, there would often be a lot of tension within the group. Anne also wrote short stories and favorite quotes from other writers. On the day she received the diary, she wrote, "I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support."
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in personal accounts of the Second World War. This book would be more suited to teenagers 16+, particularly girls.
Happy reading book-lovers.
Until next time, Savannah SB