Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

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

In 1942, with Nazis occupying 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 Annex” 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, her 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.

Praise for The Diary of a Young Girl

“A truly remarkable book.”The New York Times

“One of the most moving personal documents to come out of World War II.”The Philadelphia Inquirer

“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 indestructible nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil.”Chicago Tribune

“The single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust . . . remains astonishing and excruciating.”The New York Times Book Review

“How brilliantly Anne Frank captures the self-conscious alienation and naïve self-absorption of adolescence.”Newsday

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307737854
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/25/2010
Pages: 8
Sales rank: 274,302
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Annelies Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Anne and her family were persecuted alongside millions of Jews prior to and during World War II for their faith.  It was during this period on her 13th birthday that Anne recieved a diary in which she wrote her life story. Forced to flee their home and go into hiding, the Frank family was eventually seperated, with Anne and her sister Margot being placed in Bergen-Belsen. In 1945, years after their initial seperation, it was discovered that both Anne and her sister were killed, leaving only her beloved diary behind.

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Anne Frank 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 8th grade literature class watched a video of the life of Anne Frank. After the video, I was so interested in the video about her life, I decided to read the book. So as soon as school let out, I went to the library and checked out, 'Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl'. I was at first wondering if I would like it but I looked past that and began to read it. So as I got further and further into the book, I realized how hard life was for her. And not just her but her whole family and friends and the Jewish population. There were some things in the book that I never knew. I never knew that Hitler had brown hair and brown eyes when he requested that all who lived in Germany had blonde hair and blue eyes! I never knew that so much hatred could be in one person before. I felt as though I was Anne Frank and that I was there. It seemed very frightening not knowing if it will be your last day in your home, let alone your life! I liked this book and I would recommend it to any girl who likes to go back in time and feel as though you are reliving history through the eyes of a young girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Diary of a Young Girl is a great book. I love to read so this book was really nice to read. I love Anne Frank. Thats one of the reasons I read the book. And also because the book has a great lesson that I think would help everyone in certan ways. I think everyone should read the book. I think they would all like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful. When I was readingthis it made me cry and feel bed. I already read 'number the stars', and 'Daniels Story' I felt so bad for the Jewish People.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne Franks diary is a very inspiring story of a 13 year old sent off to hiding during the time the Natzi's were taking over Europe. Anne's diary is a classic you'll never forget!
Harambe's Killer More than 1 year ago
This artwork of literature helped us to find the little girl, which is fantastic. She was stupid enough to publish this book and give away all their secrets and stuff. Hitler himself came to her doorstep and asked for her autograph, he was her biggest fan. After he got the signature, you should have seen the look on his face, it was Mein Kampf all over again. He then personally took her to the gas chamber, what an honor! May she rest is pepperoni.
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Powerful and moving. Every person should read this book.
ms.awesome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty good book. I felt so sorry for the family at the end.
kswanteck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl forced to hide during World War II. This book is a very good cross curricula book, because it takes place during the biggest war the world has ever seen, during some of the most gruesome killings/genocide the world has ever seen. I think it is very important that students know what happened during World War II, especially from the Jewish perspective. It brings up ideas of racism and separation, which have occured in different time periods as well.
Bibliotropic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I regret to say that it was only recently that I actually finally read this book, though I've one edition or another on my bookshelf since the sixth grade. And while I am tempted to do something of a joke review and talk about none of the events contained within the book were realistic and none of the people were believable as characters, I think I owe it to the people who actually went through that nightmare to do this thing seriously.I became fascinated with what civilian life was like during World War 2 after seeing a book of my grandmother's: Robert Westall's Children of the Blitz. Plenty of books will tell me what the political side of the war was like, what it was like for the people on the front lines, doing the fighting, but there are too few books that will detail was it was like for those who were just trying to stay alive in their homes. It's one thing to shake your head and say it was a terrible time and to quote some statistics, but it's quite another to read something written by somebody who was actually there, talking about their life amid uncertainty and bombing and fear of being killed in the night. It brings it all home, makes something distant and sanitized seem actually real, and, if you think about it, might actually cause a sleepless night or two.While reading this, I was struck with just how alike Anne was to the girls of her age that I knew and know. Occupied with the same problems, thinking the same thoughts, and never mind that Anne was in hiding from Nazis and nobody I know can claim that. Reading entries about things like her daily routine, her thoughts about others, the sense that "life goes on" really came through clearly. No matter what, no matter how serious the situation, we still remain ourselves and the same old things will still bother us. We may not complain about them as much, but they're still there.I her thoughts about Peter to be particularly amusing. It started with, "Oh, he's so dull," went to, "He's interesting, but you mustn't think I'm in love with him, because I'm not," right to, "I can't stop thinking about him, I think I'm in love with him." Oh, teenagers.I don't often come across books that I would recommend to everyone I meet, but it seems a shame if a person goes their life without reading this book. There are echoes of World War 2 still in our society today, and to not understand even a little of what that all means is a little bit sad. It's not knowing your own history, particularly if you're in, well, Europe, North America, various parts of Asia... Yeah, there's a reason it was called a World War, after all. If you happen to live in this world, do yourself a favour and read this book if you haven't already. It may not contain any stunning revelations about life, but you close the book at the end feeling a bit different than before.
Amy_Marie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The diary of Anne Frank was discovered in the secret Annex where she spent the last two years of her life. The diary is a true account of a young Jewish, German girl's experience growing up in the Netherlands during World War II. The diary ranges from typical teenage girl issues such as crushes, through her relationship with her family, to deep thoughts about loneliness, isolation, fear, and death. The diary ends abruptly, leaving readers to understand that she was discovered by the Nazi's and taken. Because of this fact, the subject matter is incredible mature and difficult. It is important for children to learn, but can oftentimes be hard to handle.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've loved this book since I first read it as a teen and it definitely holds up to repeated rereadings. Selma Blair does an admirable job of narrating, nailing both the sullen teenager and the unrequited optimism between which Anne fluctuates. Highly recommended.
aimless22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was about twelve when my mother gave me Anne Frank's book. At that time, I knew little if anything about the Holocaust or WWII. Anne's words introduced me to to the unimaginable Nazi polices and the horrible realities of war.Early in her diary, Anne calms the reader with one simple line, "Yet things were still bearable." What optimism this young woman possessed. She continues to display this quality throughout her writing. She believed that life is a good thing, a valued thing. She wrote about the future, her future. As a young girl myself, the simple act of reading Anne's words were an inspiration to me.
mssbluejay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a gift from my mother-in-law, purchased after visiting the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. I had never read it before. I waited to read it until before my trip to Amsterdam, where the Anne Frank House is located. The diary is well written and insightful. Anne makes as many observations about the world around her as she does about herself. It is a great read, if ultimately heartbreaking.
ACleveland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book was boring sorry to say but the girl was stuck in an attic for two years. there wasn't a lot to write about and even so her dad turned it into a book. a diary isn't something most people want to get published. just didn't enjoy it.
Carolfoasia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely beautiful. What a gifted writer who paints such a portrait of life in hiding. This Holocaust Remembrance Week, I mourn the loss of this wonder woman.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very imformative when it comes to learning about world war 2. But when it comes to her life it is very dull because what do you have to do if you are locked up so that means that what she writes is not much and is not exciting.