Understanding Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Understanding Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

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by Hedda Kopf
     
 
Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is the most widely read text about the Holocaust, yet it reveals only one example of the tragic consequences of the Nazi policy to eliminate the Jews. This casebook enriches Anne Frank's remarkable personal account with a variety of historical documents that illuminate the political and social context of anti-Semitism in

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Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is the most widely read text about the Holocaust, yet it reveals only one example of the tragic consequences of the Nazi policy to eliminate the Jews. This casebook enriches Anne Frank's remarkable personal account with a variety of historical documents that illuminate the political and social context of anti-Semitism in Germany and the Holocaust. It includes an account of the Frank family's life in Germany before emigrating to Holland; first-person accounts of Anne's last seven months in deportation and concentration camps; other Holocaust narratives in the form of memoirs, letters, and children's diaries; an excerpt from Zlata's Diary, the story of a young girl caught in the war in Bosnia which has been compared to Anne Frank's; official Nazi pronouncements on The Final Solution to the Jews; and newspaper reports and editorials of the horrific events occurring between 1939 and 1945. All of these materials will help the student to better understand the historical context of Anne's experience, and the teacher to select appropriate materials to sensitize students to this period in history.Documents and discussion materials are organized into chapters on the Frank family history, including a chronology; the Jews in Holland; children in the Holocaust and their rescuers; a narrative overview and chronology of anti-Semitism in modern Germany; the Holocaust; and other Holocaust stories. Kopf also addresses the psychological issues of adolescent development so dramatically illustrated in Anne's diary and looks at her writing as carefully crafted literature. Each chapter contains study questions, topics for research papers and class discussions, and lists of further reading for exploring the historical as well as the personal issues leading to and culminating in the Holocaust. This is an invaluable source for interdisciplinary, English, and world history classes.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Here is the book that every history teacher dreams of. It thoroughly describes the background issues of the Holocaust, using excerpts from diaries, interviews with survivors and newspaper articles. Each chapter ends with thought-provoking questions and bibliography for further study. A chilling account of a modern Nazi's rise to international notoriety (basically via the Internet- no surprise) is fascinating as well as horrifying. Young people already familiar with Anne Frank will find the book serves many purposes, not least of which is a reasoned response to the Holocaust-denial that seems prevalent in so many places. "Literature in Context Series."
School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpKopf examines many factors that will help readers develop a fuller understanding of and appreciation for this literary work. Various chapters explore the diary as literature, the history of the Frank family, Anne's childhood, the plight of Holland's Jewish population, rescuers of Holocaust children, and anti-Semitism in modern Germany. Primary texts, such as diaries and letters of other Holocaust children; excerpts from the Nuremberg Laws; minutes of the Wannsee Conference; and articles from the New York Times, are used extensively throughout the book. The author writes compassionately yet objectively, and her moving prose helps carry readers through the rich collection of materials. Each chapter concludes with imaginative and thought-provoking "Topics for Written or Oral Exploration" and most also include an extensive selection of suggested readings. Pertinent maps and black-and-white photos supplement the text. Students researching Anne Frank or the Holocaust will make extensive use of this resource. English and history teachers, however, may be the biggest users.Marilyn Heath, Greenwood High School, SC
Booknews
Documents and discussion materials<-->including an account of the Franks' life in Germany before emigrating to Holland, first-person accounts of Anne's last seven months in deportation and concentration camps, Holocaust narratives, an excerpt from "Zlata's Diary", the story of a young girl caught in the war in Bosnia, official Nazi pronouncements, and newspaper reports and editorials<-->illuminate the political and social context of Anne's diary, as well as the psychological issues of adolescent development. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313296079
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Series:
Greenwood Press "Literature in Context" Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
1240L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

pf /f Hedda /i Rosner/b HEDDA ROSNER KOPF teaches in the English department at Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut./e She is also a scholar/facilitator for public library book discussions in libraries throughout the state and lectures extensively on women writers.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book with personal ties between the author and Anne Frank. The book reveals the adolescent struggles of a sensitive, smart girl struggling with all the issues of an emerging teenager under incredibly difficult circumstances. This is a perfect introduction for adolescents who will learn not only about the holocaust, but about themselves.