The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank

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Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the twentieth century. Since its publication in 1947, it has been read by tens of millions of people all over the world. It remains a beloved and deeply admired testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit. Restored in this Definitive Edition are diary entries that were omitted from the original edition. These passages, which constitute 30 percent more material, reinforce the fact that Anne was first and foremost a ...

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Overview

Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the twentieth century. Since its publication in 1947, it has been read by tens of millions of people all over the world. It remains a beloved and deeply admired testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit. Restored in this Definitive Edition are diary entries that were omitted from the original edition. These passages, which constitute 30 percent more material, reinforce the fact that Anne was first and foremost a teenage girl, not a remote and flawless symbol. She fretted about and tried to cope with her own sexuality. Like many young girls, she often found herself in disagreements with her mother. And like any teenager, she veered between the carefree nature of a child and the full-fledged sorrow of an adult. Anne emerges more human, more vulnerable and more vital than ever.

Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation, hid in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse for two years. She was thirteen when she went into the Secret Annex with her family.

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"The new edition reveals a new depth to Anne's  dreams, irritations, hardship, and passions . . .  There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth  anniversary of the end of World War II than to  reread The Diary of a Young Girl,  a testament to an indestructivle nobility of  spirit in the face of pure  evil."—Chicago Tribune
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553577129
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: The Definitive Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 50,346
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Frank was born in 1929 in Germany. Her family moved to Amsterdam in 1933, and she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

Francine Prose is the author of the novels A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, the guide Reading Like a Writer, and Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife.

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Reading Group Guide

This guide is organized to help readers understand and reflect on Anne Frank's diary. Background information, time lines, and the glossary provide historical context for the years of Anne's life and are designed to place her diary within the framework of the events taking place during World War II and the Holocaust. Special details have been included to highlight the twenty-five month period during which Anne and her family hid in the Secret Annex, as well as the aftermath.

The study questions for students are arranged in three parts. The first set of questions relates to facets contributing to Anne's personal identity. The second set of questions examines the relationship of Anne to the world outside the Annex. The final set of questions considers the ongoing issues that Anne raised in her diary over fifty years ago. For additional educational materials, including teacher's notes and activities, please contact the Anne Frank Center USA, 584 Broadway, Suite 408, New York, NY, 10012.

1, a) After the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940, the Dutch people were immediately faced with the question of choice: how to respond to the Nazi occupation. Tens of thousands of Dutch people followed Hitler, and millions more looked the other way. Eventually, a resistance movement began to grow. The Nazis needed Dutch collaborators to carry out their fascist decrees. What would have influenced someone to become a collaborator? What factors would have encouraged someone to join the resistance? Do you think these factors were based on personal characteristics or political beliefs? What was the price of resistance during the war? What was the price of collaboration? b) Anne Frank and her family were German refugees who resettled and tried to build their lives in the Netherlands. Although the Franks were proud of their German heritage, their feelings toward Germany became very complicated during the war. Anne wrote: "Fine specimens of humanity, those Germans, and to think I'm actually one of them! No. that's not true, Hitler took away our nationality long ago. And besides, there are no greater enemies on earth than the Germans and Jews." (October 9, 1942.) Although Anne had lived in the Netherlands since 1934, she did not become a Dutch citizen. Did Anne have a nationality? If not, were Anne's civil rights protected by any nation? By 1939 some 250,000 Jews, half of Germany's Jewish population, had fled their homeland. Did these refugees have any guaranteed rights? After the war Otto Frank responded to references to "the Germans" by asking "which German?" He believed strongly that blaming all Germans was another form of stereotyping. What constitutes a stereotype? How is a stereotype different from discrimination? c) In The New York Times the writer Anna Quindlen asked, "Would our understanding of the Holocaust be quite the same if Anne Frank had not taken a small plaid diary into hiding with her?" What has most shaped your understanding of World War II: personal experience, Anne's diary, popular films such as Schindler's List, newsreel footage, academic or historical texts? d) Otto Frank chose to edit out some of the negative comments Anne made about her mother and a number of the other residents of the Secret Annex—comments that have been restored in the new translation by Susan Massotty. He believed that Anne would have wanted him to do so. Do you think he was correct? e) In her diary Anne opined: "...if you're wondering if it's harder for the adults here than for the children, the answer is no...Older people have an opinion about everything and are sure of themselves and their actions. It's twice as hard for us young people to hold on to our opinions at a time when ideals are being shattered..." (July 15, 1944.) When was the last time as an adult that you experienced the "shattering" of an ideal? Is the media a neutral force, or do you think it plays a role in supporting or destroying idealism? f) Are there certain characteristics common among those few individuals who risked their own lives to rescue Jews during World War II? Why do so many of them deny their own heroism? g) A disturbing number of neo-Nazi groups have taken hold in all parts of the world. What social conditions would be necessary for them to grow? What do you believe would be the most likely basis of another world war: pride, nationalism, fear, racism, economic interests, or religious intolerance? h) Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann was asked how he could explain the killing of 6 million Jews. He answered, "One hundred dead are a catastrophe, a million dead are a statistic." Have we become more or less tolerant of murder since he made this observation? i) Anne Frank wrote: "I don't believe the war is simply the work of politicians and capitalists. Oh no, the common man is every bit as guilty; otherwise, people and nations would have rebelled long ago!" (May 3, 1944.) How should accountability be assigned? So many say they never understood what was happening. How likely could that have been? j) Hitler published Mein Kampf in 1925, describing his plan for the elimination of Jews. At that time, what steps might have been taken to stop Hitler's rise to power?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2004

    not what it seems

    ok people, the headline has to do with my rating, not the book, i figured if you saw the one star, it'd stand out more then all the five stars that every other reviwer gave i rate this book 5 stars and i can sum it up in one sentence- this book completely shatters your views about life. read the book and you'll see what i'm talking about

    21 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Thnx

    I think this book waz very good it it explains everything that happened in the holocauat differently more interesting i love anne frank she was reallystrong and shes my role model

    17 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Hey

    For all u people complaining about it beig boring let me remined u that this is her diary. She wasnt expecting the world to read it so she has a right to talk about anything she likes for as long as she likes. Also shes writimg down her thoughts so if Peters in her thoughts alot the she will write about him, she does have a crush on him.

    15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    So good!!!!!!!

    I read this book in second grade and i couldn't follow it. But then my teacher assigned it for homework. I can't stop reading it. All in all it is very good and it deserves 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 stars!

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Ralley sad but a good book:):(

    Its very hertful to all of the jewish that they did the holcust is so sad but good book:):):):):):):):)$)$)$)$)$)$)$)$)$)$)$)$

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Great

    Sad true story of a young girl and her family. I would love to go see the secret annex museum in amsterdam one day!

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Sucks

    Boring. It sounds like it was purposely written so that people could read it. I know that she was planning on publishing it, but that's the least of the problems. No one cares about some prepubescent girl who explores sexuality. I could really care less

    5 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Great

    Mr. Van Daan is Otto Frank's business partner. He, his wife and son Peter live together with the Frank's in the attic above Otto's office.

    I first read this book about 25 years ago (when I was in 7th grade) and have read it many times since. This is such a moving story that I would highly reccommend every child over the age 13 to read. In fact, my 13 year old daughter will be reading this very soon.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Amazing

    It is very edicational and you learn alot about Anne Frank and her familey. You relize how she was just a normal tenager and rhen the holacost started and she had to hide for 2 years. It puts a new perspective on what I complain about and how hard it was to be a jew back then. It was great and i really loved it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Grow Up

    This diary is a piece of history. You people need to get a reality check and actually stop and think about what your reading. This was a very painful, depressing, and important part of our history. This diary should teach every reader an important life lesson and it should be a reminder of just how lucky we are.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    i love this book

    BUT GET TEMPLE RUN!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Listen up

    Anne felt she did not have anyone to confide in so she used her diary she never dreamed anyone but herself would ever read this! these are her private and intermost thoughts she did not even let Margot read this u can have your oppinions but this is the diary of an extremly talented young girl far ahead of her time!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Love it

    Anne franke was a brave young girl who got her head cut off ,so those of you how havent even read the book dont judge cuz what if that were you

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    I absolutely love this book

    This book is truely amazing. I cant imagine how scary this must have been for her, I love it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    To click hete To click here

    I am 9 and enjoyed and loved it it it is a fantanstic non fic

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Im 12

    This book is recmended for 15 and under

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Very Interesting

    This book really surprised me!!!! I am 14 and this book touched me and even though i have ever had too go into hiding i can still find things that i can relate too. So all to the people who said it was boring u need to get ur brains checked!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    Solid writing by a young girl with a brilliant mind

    This diary is one of the best examples of solid writing you can find and it comes from an unexpected source. A young teenager. Her description of life in hiding is compelling and provides an extraordinary view of such a terrible time in our history.

    Since this is the definitive edition, you have to be careful in who you give this book too. It addresses some minor adult subjects.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

    A Must for Every Girl

    This book has it all: history, words of wisdom, and teen insights! As a teenage girl, it was a relief to read a book where a girl my age describes troubles similar to mine. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes history and a story that deals with what every teen goes through.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Great book

    Incredibly intimate and moving.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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