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Understanding Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

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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 This casebook enriches Anne Frank's remarkable personal account with a variety of historical documents that illuminate the political and social context of anti-Semitism in Germany and the Holocaust.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 ...

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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 This casebook enriches Anne Frank's remarkable personal account with a variety of historical documents that illuminate the political and social context of anti-Semitism in Germany and the Holocaust.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.

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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.
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Meet the Author

HEDDA ROSNER KOPF teaches in the English department at Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Diary as Literature 1
From Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo (1994) 11
2 Who Was Anne Frank? 21
3 The Frank Family History 39
Map: Distant Deportations, July 1942" 62
From Miep Gies, with Alison Leslie Gold, Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family (1988) 64
From Etty Hillesum, Letters from Westerbork (1986) 73
From Willy Lindwer, The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank (1991) 78
Map: "Massacre, Deportation and Evacuation, September 1944" 86
4 The Jews in Holland 91
From Jacob Presser, The Destruction of the Dutch Jews (1969) 99
From Raul Hilberg, ed., Documents of Destruction: Germany and Jewry, 1933-1945 (1971) 101
5 Children in the Holocaust and Their Rescuers 109
From the Diary of Eva Heyman 114
From the Diary of Yitskhok Rudashevski 121
From Yehuda Nir, The Lost Childhood: A Memoir (1989) 125
From Gay Block and Malka Drucker, eds., Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust (1992): Marion P. Van Binsbergen Pritchard 134
Arnold Douwes and Seine Otten 137
6 Anti-Semitism in Modern Germany 145
First Decree for Implementation of the Law Against the Overcrowding of German Schools, April 25, 1933 168
From the Nuremberg Laws: Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor, September 15, 1935 170
From George Mosse, Nazi Culture: Intellectual, Cultural and Social Life in the Third Reich (1966) 172
Coverage of Kristallnacht by the New York Times: "Nazis Smash, Loot and Burn Jewish Shops and Temples" (November 11, 1938) 176
"Nazis Defend Wave of Terror" (November 12, 1938) 179
Editorial: "Nazi Day of Terror a Threat to All Civilization" (November 12, 1938) 180
From Ellen Switzer, How Democracy Failed (1975) 183
From Stephan Talty, "The Method of a Neo-Nazi Mogul" (1966) 186
7 The Holocaust 197
From Minutes of the Wannsee Conference, January 20, 1942 209
From the New York Times: Editorial: "Refugee Ship" (June 8, 1939) 216
"War Will Change Life of American Families" (July 5, 1942) 218
Map: "Jews Murdered Between 1 September 1939 and 8 May 1945: An Estimate" 222
8 Other Holocaust Stories 227
Gustav Ranis 227
Anna Gelbman Rosner 235
A Daughter's Response 244
From The Auschwitz Album 250
Appendix: Anne Frank's Legacy 255
Glossary 259
Index 261
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    This is a great book with personal ties between the author and A

    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.

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