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Anne Frank (1) (1929–1945)

Author of The Diary of a Young Girl

For other authors named Anne Frank, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Anne Frank, June 1929 - March 1945 Anneliesse Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. She was the second daughter of Otto and Edith Frank. Anne's father was a factory worker, who moved his family to Amsterdam in 1933 to escape the Nazi's. There he opened up a branch of show more his uncle's company and Anne and her sister Margot resumed a normal life, attending a Montessori School in Amsterdam. The Germans attacked the Netherlands in 1940 and took control, issuing anti-Jewish decrees, and forcing the Frank sisters into a Jewish Lyceum instead of their old school. Their father Otto decided to find a place for the family to hide should the time come that the Nazi's came to take them to a concentration camp. He chose the annex above his offices and found some trustworthy friends among his fellow workers to supply the family with food and news. On July 5, 1942, Margot received a "call up" to serve in the Nazi "work camp." The next day, the family escaped to the annex, welcoming another family, the van Pels, which consisted of Hermann and Auguste van Pels and their son Peter. Fritz Pfeffer also came to stay with them, causing the count to come to eight people hiding in the annex. Anne, Margot and Peter continued their studies under the tutelage of Otto, and all of the captives found ways to entertain themselves for the long years they remained hidden. On August 4, 1944, four Dutch Nazis came to arrest the eight, having discovered their hiding place through an informant. Anne's diary was left behind and found later by one of the family's friends. The eight were taken to prison in Amsterdam and then deported to Westerbork before being shipped to Auschwitz. At Auschwitz, the men were separated from the women and Hermann van Pels was immediately gassed. Fritz Pfeffer died at Neuenganme in 1944. Anne, Margot and Mrs. van Pels were taken to Bergen-Belson, leaving behind Anne's mother, Edith, who died at Auschwitz of starvation and exhaustion in 1945. At Bergen-Belson, Anne and Margot contracted typhus and died of the disease in March of 1945. Anne was 15 and Margot was 17. The exact date and the place they were buried is unknown. Otto Frank was the only one of the original group of eight who were hidden in the annex to survive. He was left for dead at Auschwitz when the Russian Army came to liberate the camp. It is due to him that Anne's diary was published and became the success it is. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl (1947) 27,662 copies
Anne Frank: Gesamtausgabe (2013) 23 copies
Mooie-zinnenboek (2004) 6 copies
Le journal d'Anne Frank (1947) — Author — 3 copies
Weet je nog? 3 copies
Anne Frank (1979) 3 copies
Les journaux d'Anne Frank (1947) — Author — 3 copies
4: Anna Frank 2 copies
DITARI 1 copy
Anne Frank, l'intégrale (1947) — Author — 1 copy
Berättelser 1 copy
Anne's World 1 copy

Associated Works

Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary - A Photographic Remembrance (1992) — Contributor — 1,382 copies
Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation (2017) — Contributor — 551 copies
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Contributor — 405 copies
The Literary Cat (1977) — Contributor — 239 copies
The Diary of Anne Frank [1959 film] (1959) — Original book — 83 copies
Teaching Genre Journals and Diaries (1993) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank [1988 film] (1988) — Original diary — 16 copies
The Diary of Anne Frank [2009 TV series] (2009) — Diarist — 12 copies
Teen-Age Treasury for Girls (1958) — Contributor — 5 copies
Anne Frank and Family (2004) — Associated Name — 2 copies
The Diary of Anne Frank [1985 TV mini series] — Original book — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge



Anne Frank in Legacy Libraries (March 2016)


It was truly sad to read about Anne Frank having so much optimism for a future after the war that she would never have. And that her mother and sister also died in the Internment camps. And truly it seems that Anne could have had a very promising future as a writer. I was surprised to find a diary so well written and by someone as young as 14 and then 15. I wish I wrote as well in my diary entries. I love the way she interacts with her diary like it is a person she finds such solace in confiding in.

Anne was very reflective, particularly of herself. She had a great awareness of her strengths and weakness and strove to better herself. As I read, I began to remember what it felt like when I was younger and had the same kinds of thoughts and feelings as Anne expressed. It is a gift that Miep and Anne’s Father were able to save Anne’s Journal and share her story, as well as part of their stories, with the world. It gives a look into the life of one family affected by Hitler’s reign and his spread of Antisemitism. And though she had to die so young to this hatred and discrimination, her story was thankfully able to live on beyond her, just as she wrote about wanting for her future. Sometimes it is the connection to just one such person’s personal story that brings a better understanding of a such a large scale event in history.

By looking into Anne’s life as she tried to be a “normal teenager” whilst having to hide in fear before eventually being found by the secret police, we see many similar lives that had to be lived this way and that were taken too soon for these same reasons. At the same time, we are able to see through Anne’s story, not just the hate of antisemitism, but the courage of those who took in Jews in defiance of Hitler’s regime. The courage and optimism of Anne, her family, their roommates, and those who helped them, in the face of such hate, is indeed a story not to go untold.

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rianainthestacks | 86 other reviews | Nov 5, 2023 |
Le redactó cartas a su amiga Kitty; decidió llamarle de esa manera a su diario personal. Su intención era contar brevemente la historia de su vida y la de su familia, que estaba conformada por su padre Otto Frank, su madre Edith Frank y su hermana mayor Margot Frank.
biblioteca.casa | 499 other reviews | Oct 12, 2023 |
Did I really read this or do I just think I did because I've seen the play a few times? I should revisit the Real Thing.
Kim.Sasso | 499 other reviews | Aug 27, 2023 |
I read back in high school around 1982. This book left a lasting impression on my young mind. My emotions were all over the place. I cried throughout this book.
MissysBookshelf | 499 other reviews | Aug 27, 2023 |


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