First published in June 1947, â€˜The Diary of a Young Girlâ€™ is a classic of war literature and among the most powerful accounts of the Nazi occupation written by Anne Frank, a German girl and Jewish victim of the Holocaust. Anne is renowned for keeping a diary of her experiences. The story of Anne Frank is among the most well-known of the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust. Her diary is the first encounter many people have with the history of Nazi Germany's attempt to murder all the Jews of Europe during World War II.
The book chronicles the life of Anne Frank, a thirteen-year-old girl fleeing her home in Amsterdam to go into hiding. Anne reveals the relationships between eight people living under tragic conditionsâ€”facing hunger, the threat of discovery, and the worst horrors the modern world had seen. It relates how Anne, her family, and their friends hid in secret roomsâ€”â€˜the Annexâ€™â€”in an Amsterdam warehouse for 25 months.
In these pages, she grows up to be a young woman and a wise observer of human nature. She shares an exceptional bond with her diary, which holds a detailed account of Anne's close relationship with her father, the lack of daughterly love for her mother, affection for her sister's intelligence, and closeness with her friend Peter. Anne Frank's account presents a captivating self-portrait of a sensitive and high-spirited young woman who turns thoughtful and learns of the many terrors of the world.
About the Author
Anne Frank was a diarist and writer. She was one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her wartime diary The Diary of a Young Girl has been the basis for several plays and films. Born in the city of Frankfurt in Weimar Germany, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. Born a German national, Frank lost her citizenship in 1941. She gained international fame posthumously after her diary was published. It documents her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.
The Frank family moved from Germany to Amsterdam in 1933, the year the Nazis gained control over Germany. By May 1940, they were trapped in Amsterdam by the German occupation of the Netherlands. As persecutions of the Jewish population increased in July 1942, the family went into hiding in some concealed rooms in the building where Anne's father worked. After two years, the group was betrayed and transported to concentration camps. Anne Frank and her sister, Margot Frank, were eventually transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they died of typhus in March 1945.