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The Diary of a Young Girl (1947)

by Anne Frank

Other authors: Otto Frank (Editor)

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Journal of a Jewish teenager describes the joys and torments of daily life and typical adolescent thoughts throughout two years spent in hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of Holland.
  1. 141
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (kidzlitsmc, mihmb, alalba, PghDragonMan, l_rigsby)
    kidzlitsmc: this story of a German hiding a Jew and not a Jew being hidden helps you to understand that it wasn't just hard for Jews.
    PghDragonMan: Both side of hiding during the Holocaust
  2. 90
    Night by Elie Wiesel (jmarsico)
  3. 60
    Anne Frank House: A Museum with a Story by Anne Frank Stichting (JqnOC)
  4. 60
    A Hatred for Tulips by Richard Lourie (khuggard)
    khuggard: a fictional story about a young boy who reveals the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family.
  5. 71
    We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust by Jacob Boas (MerryMary, gangleri)
    MerryMary: Puts Anne in perspective with four others of her generation in similar circumstances.
  6. 50
    An Interrupted Life: The Diaries of Etty Hillesum 1941-43 by Etty Hillesum (christiguc)
  7. 50
    The Diary of Anne Frank: A Play in Two Acts by Frances Goodrich (Marie.Veliz)
  8. 61
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (JqnOC)
  9. 40
    Mooie-zinnenboek by Anne Frank (guurtjesboekenkast)
  10. 30
    Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (amberwitch)
    amberwitch: Both told as diaries written by young women growing up 'under siege'.
  11. 30
    The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak: Five Notebooks from the Łódź Ghetto by Dawid Sierakowiak (bluepiano)
    bluepiano: Another diary kept by a Jewish teenager under Nazi occupation. Sierakowiak is remarkably intelligent and level-headed and he is starving.
  12. 20
    The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss (bookel)
  13. 20
    Mist in augustus by Robert Domes (gangleri)
    gangleri: The right to live, the right to freedom are the most basic rights. « Nebel im August » (a book written in German) is about the live of Ernst Lossa whom was not granted this right either. The book is written in a very lyrical style, it illustrates that we have more in common then we are aware and reminds us what is really important.… (more)
  14. 20
    Victor Kugler: The Man Who Hid Anne Frank by Rick Kardonne (maryanntherese)
    maryanntherese: A biography of the man who orchestrated the Secret Annex.
  15. 20
    The Journal of Hélène Berr by Hélène Berr (guurtjesboekenkast)
    guurtjesboekenkast: Zowel Hélène Berr als Anne Frank zijn Joods en hebben een dagboek tijdens de oorlog geschreven. In 1945 zijn zij allebei aan tyfus overleden in het Duitse concentratiekamp Bergen-Belsen.
  16. 10
    East West Street by Philippe Sands (shaunie)
  17. 10
    In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke (meggyweg)
  18. 10
    Charlotte Salomon : Vie ? ou Théâtre ? by Edward van Voolen (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Zwei junge Frauen, die versuchen dem Grauen schreibend bzw. malend zu entkommen.
  19. 10
    Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex by Anne Frank (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Fiction written by Anne Frank while in hiding.
  20. 10
    Grace in the Wilderness: After the Liberation 1945-1948 by Aranka Siegal (juniperSun)
    juniperSun: Both deal with young Jewish teen girls in WWII, similar feelings.

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Zu diesem Buch gibt es nichts weiter zu sagen, als das was schon gesagt und geschrieben wurde.
Ein traurige Geschichte eines mutigen Mädchen, welches nie die Liebe und die Hoffnung aufgegeben hat. ( )
  RoXXieSiXX | May 20, 2024 |
I don’t think of this as a diary, or any book as you would characterize it, but a monument in recent history. Is it even appropriate to rate something like this? I’m not sure. I have the deepest respect for the esteemed Anne Frank, and I would not desire to malign her memory in any way. Miss Frank, God rest her soul, was truly an inspiration and a perfect heroine in terms of her innocent good will, remarkably prescient literary power and transcending influence.

I recommend the definitive edition for a more thorough understanding of Anne Frank as a person rather than the “purified” standard edition the puritans would have us read. ( )
  TheBooksofWrath | Apr 18, 2024 |
I read this for the "a historical non-fiction book" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I think I enjoyed it more now than I did when I read it in school, Anne's diary is a terrific reflection of all girls growing up, and the additional trials of living in close quarters with other people. ( )
  Linyarai | Mar 6, 2024 |
The Diary of a Young Girl is internationally celebrated for obvious reasons. This book contains the extraordinary musings of a girl in her early teens, hiding from the war with her family in a confined space for two years, and her well-captured thoughts that resonated with a lot of readers.

I generally avoid reading books that are related to the holocaust as the subject matter tends to leave behind these pangs of futile anger and melancholy. It's quite a tedious job to try and get rid of these feelings as quickly as possible in order to move on with your life and to come back to the real world, but I decided to give this book a try since many have claimed that this is a classic which must be read by everyone. I also happened to have acquired this book at a coffee shop for free, so more reasons to read this thing.

Initially, I read a few pages to get a gist of the content and it seemed like a relatively easy read, so I proceeded. This book's contents consist of the irregular "journal" entries of Anne Frank regarding her moods, the state of the place they were hiding in, the progress with the war, her relationship with the people around her and how they viewed her, her hopes and dreams, her witty observations of the adults that surrounded her, and all the other ups and downs. Since this is a diary that was written over two years, the readers are able to witness, as Anne ages, the observable changes that take place within her as a person. She becomes more and more introspective, as well as deeply observant throughout the years and funnily enough, she is aware of this phenomenon as Anne portrays herself as being extremely self-aware, which only makes sense.

Although the pace of the book is irregular now and then, Anne manages to mirror her sense of innocent curiosity onto the readers which captivates them. She doesn't drown us in her sorrow but rather manages to uplift our spirits along with hers.

Most of these pages are filled with the brimming hope for a better tomorrow that unfortunately never came - for her at least.

A great read. Would highly recommend it. ( )
  buddhawithan.n | Feb 29, 2024 |
Great start and a great end. Lots of surprises in the diary.
Still, there was a lot of repeated content and a significant amount of trivialities.
Maybe all diaries are like this.

Overall, I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend the book. In fact, I wonder if there isn't a less famous, but more insightful book about the Jewish experience of the second world war. ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
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It is a truly remarkable book. Its revelation of the emotional turmoil and intellectual growth of an adolescent girl during extraordinarily difficult circumstances is psychologically fascinating. Its portrayal of ordinary people under frightful nervous strain and perpetual forced intimacy is wise and perceptive. Anne was precociously mature in her understanding of both herself and of others.
Anne Frank's diary is too tenderly intimate a book to be frozen with the label "classic," and yet no lesser designation serves... But her book is not a classic to be left on the library shelf. It is a warm and stirring confession, to be read over and over for insight and enjoyment.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times Book Review, Meyer Levin (pay site) (Jun 15, 1952)

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Frank, Anneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frank, OttoEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Black, AllidaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clinton, BillForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Di Carlo, MargheritaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hagerup, IngerPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hagerup, IngerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jameson, StormForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Massotty, SusanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mooyaart-Doubleday, B. M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nilsen, SteinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennanen, EilaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pressler, MirjamEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Romein-Verschoor, AnnieForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roosevelt, EleanorIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schütz, AnnelieseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevens, GeorgePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vita, ArrigoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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I hope I shall be able to confide in you completely, as I have never been able to do in anyone before, and I hope that you will be a great support and comfort to me.
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Anne Frank kept a diary from June 12, 1942, to August 1, 1944. (Foreword)
[ Comment Added by Anne on September 28, 1942:]
So far you truly have been a great source of comfort to me, and so has Kitty, whom I now write to regularly.
Of all the many remarkable things about Anne Frank, I believe the most important is the fact of her survival - a survival contained between the covers of a small red-checkered cloth-covered diary book. (Preface)
This is a remarkable book. (Introduction)
Sunday, 14 June, 1942
On Friday, June 12th, I woke up at six o'clock and no wonder, it was my birthday.
I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.
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Journal of a Jewish teenager describes the joys and torments of daily life and typical adolescent thoughts throughout two years spent in hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of Holland.

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Discovered in the attic where she spnt the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

In 1942, as Nazis occupied 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 upstairs rooms 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, Anne’s 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.
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