Monday, October 3, 2011

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl By: Anne Frank

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is the real life account of a young Jewish girl living in the Netherlands in 1942. Anne Frank chronicles in her diary her families move in to hiding with another family, the Van Dann's, and the daily life they had together. The diary spans a time between June 12, 1942 and abruptly ends on August 4, 1944, when the family is betrayed and captured by the Nazi's. Anne Frank died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945.

Spanning just over two years of her life, from her thirteenth to just after her fifteenth birthday, Anne Frank's diary is a devastating story of a teenage girl trying to grow up, understand life, and cope with the atrocities occurring around her. Her diary is a mix of daily events, her feelings of loneliness, and reflections on humanity. It is the fact that it is a diary, never intended to be read, that makes this book so touching. It is in an insight into the tragic tale of just one girl, one girl out of millions who faced persecution during the Holocaust. It serves as a reminder that each death was a person with their own thoughts, feelings, and story to tell. Anne Frank died in the concentration camp, but her diary lives on, and tells her tale to generation after generation of reader, and I hope will continue to do so for many years to come.

YALSA Best Books Award

Frank, Anne. Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl. New York: Bantam, 1993. Print.
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