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Genre: Biography / Author: Anne Frank / Edition: Re-issue / Paperback / 368 Pages / Book is published 2007-06-07 by Penguin Books Ltd / Alternative title: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

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      29.09.2013 16:59
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      Even if you have read the original - you must read this as well.

      I regularly search through banned books lists, as I find many of the books on them quite interesting. If nothing else, if someone hates a book enough to want it banned - it has at least left an impression on them. Of course it is difficult to actually ban a book now, so more often we are talking about books that people attempt to have removed from local libraries or school libraries. As far as I know, challenges against this book have come from the USA only, but it still made me curious as to what exactly in the diary of Anne Frank could be classed as porn - even by the right winged religious set, so I chose this to celebrate Banned Books Week.

      I ended up with this version purely by chance. It happened to be the cheapest edition on Amazon at the time at a very reasonable £1.97 including postage. I am very glad I did get this now, and knowing how much more detail there is I would happily have paid much more for this edition. It seems that there were actually three versions of the Diary Of Anne Frank, referred to as versions a, b and c. Version A is the original unedited which would have been written in that first red and white checked journal which she received as her 13th birthday gift. When it later became known that diaries and documents from the war would be collected as part of a national record later, Anne began keeping a second diary, which was edited, polished, and omitted many sections she felt would be less interesting - or perhaps less suitable for publication. This version was known as version B. Anne Frank's father was in possession of both diaries, which he edited into the best known version of this book "Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl". This became known as version c, and omitted all references to sexuality, as well as some entries he felt were unflattering to his wife. He was also limited for space as he was required to trim the entries down to fit a set number of pages. This book was made using all three sources, and as such contains a significant amount material not found in the version most of us grew up with. This adds more depth to the story, but also more heartbreak.

      There is sense of peering into Anne's private thoughts and feelings. She continued to keep in write in her beloved Kitty - which she never intended anyone else to see, even while she kept the less intimate version which she planned to allow others to see after the war. In fact it may have been the instance of other residents of the secret annex that Anne's diary would be a wonderful thing to hand over that encouraged her to keep two - one for the world and one for herself, but this book clearly contains passages only intended for her own eyes. I can't help but feel we are invading her privacy in some way, but this does really allow us to see the real Anne.

      I will assume anyone reading this review is aware of the basic facts behind the Diary of Anne Frank so will keep my summary of events very brief. While I am a usually a stickler for spoilers, I do feel that an exception may be made in very well known historical cases such as this. However, I originally read Anne Frank the Diary of a Young Girl in primary school, without knowing the eventual outcome, and it certainly made for a different reading experience. If you honestly don't know how this ends, please skip the next paragraph.

      The Diary of Anne Frank begins with a happy child, although times are stressful. Soon Anne, her parents, and her older sister Margot are forced to take refuge in the secret annexe, a carefully sectioned off part of the factory her father had been the manager of before. Another family, now known as the van Pels, but referred to in the diary as Van Daan to protect their privacy is interned with them. This family includes to adults and a boy a few years older than Anne - Peter. The final resident is invited later, a dentists referred to as Albert Dussel. The family has a very large supply of provisions, as well as money to hold out for some time and they have four brave and kind Dutch helpers, but they are all forced together into a very overcrowded space, unable to ever go outdoors and in constant fear of discovery until their eventual arrest in August,1944.

      When this story begins, Anne is very typical teenager in most ways. She is quite confident, a bit loud, outspoken and perhaps a bit on the quarrelsome side as well. Quite a lot of the first part of the diary is devoted to complaining. Perhaps that isn't a nice thing to say, but that is the way I saw it. Anne rants on about all the other residents except her father, for whom she feels the strongest attachment, but even then, with all the difficulties, Anne does feel very strongly for the suffering of others and seems honestly delighted at the prospect of another resident being brought into the annexe, even though this means she will have no privacy whatsoever and forced to share her tiny room with a elderly man.

      Anne was 13 when she entered the annexe and 15 when she left. It is only natural that she would have some awareness of her sexuality, and this is the reason that I believe this book has fallen foul of the religious right. It does include a fairly graphic description of the female anatomy, which I feel would be a bit a bit too much for primary school aged boys, but this is not in anyway sexual. Instead it is a young girls wondering about the basic facts of life - in particular child birth. I suspect that the major reason for wanting this pulled from American libraries though is the fact that Anne expresses homosexual desires at an early age. The only way I feel this is relevant to the story is that it really gives a deeper insight into the inner turmoil she was experiencing. She was in fact religious. In the culture in which she lived I can hardly imagine such feelings being accepted. This is something she has to hide about herself, and it is no wonder the poor child was experiencing conflicting emotions. I honestly believe this is the primary reason for calls for this book to be removed from libraries. as I have noticed it before with other books. As soon as a character has any inclinations that are not purely heterosexual - some parents start panicking at the effect it will have on their children - although they often scramble for any other excuse. A bit silly if you ask me, but to each their own. Anne will later have feelings for a boy as well, but she always feels something is missing and one does feel that the artificial environment she has found herself in has played a role.

      I've often read that the Diary Of Anne Frank should be required reading. It puts a human face on the suffering of innocents during the war, and gives us a first hand glimpse into history. Most of all, people feel we should read to make sure that such atrocities never happen again. These are all valid reasons, but they are not the reason that I would recommend this book. This doesn't change the way I felt about this part of history in any way. I would be just as certain that it was wrong beyond words regardless. As to preventing it from ever happening again - I will quote Anne directly: "There's a destructive urge in people, the urge rage, murder and kill. And until all of humanity, without exception, undergoes a metamorphosis, wars will continue to be waged, and everything that has been carefully built up, cultivated and grown again will be cut down and destroyed, only to start all over again". It is a horrible thought, but I believe we are destined to repeat are mistakes, over and over again. Perhaps if some day, we could raise children in a kinder fashion, we could teach them from birth to value and respect all human life, and as much as possible all life. Perhaps if we could raise more builders instead of destroyers we might have a better world - but I don't see that happening anytime soon. This book does show us that everyone needs to take a stand against evil and hatred, but I don't believe that the lesson is easily learned, and I see people today, as frightened to speak out against horrific crimes as the people were in this era - and we have much less to fear now.

      The reason I would recommend this book is to see the metamorphosis within Anne herself. As Anne grows she develops a deep and beautiful compassion. She sets about to improve herself, to be a better, kinder more generous person. The changes she makes in herself in turn affect the rest of the residents of the annexe. It all goes back to one of my favourite stories, The Parable of the Long Spoons. If you are not familiar with it - Google it. In short we create our own heaven and hell, and while Anne's confinement can hardly be seen as heavenly, her ability to look for the best in a situation is inspiring. Her efforts to make the first step towards reconciliations, and to be mature enough o overlook other people's shortcomings makes this book worth reading. In all honesty, I did not find the first pages of the book as moving, but the latter pages are truly inspirational.

      I had seriously considered allowing my oldest to read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. I have decided against this, because he is still only 8 years old, and he has seen more than enough of the evil in the world lately. But - if I were to give him the book - and I wasn't much older when I first read it, I would prefer the original edition simply because I think a pre teen boy would find the small section on female anatomy embarrassing. I imagine most teens already have a better idea than I did - in fact Anne knew more detail than I did even now before reading this. I also feel the shorter version would be easier for a younger child to read. But I do feel that so much is left out. If I were recommending a book for anyone over age 13 - I would recommend this one.

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        29.01.2013 13:17
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        A modern classic this true story is a tale we all should learn from

        Anne Frank is a book I first read when I was a young teenager and it had been stored away on my book shelf ever since,until about a year ago when I decided to read it again.
        This book is a true modern classic which has been used for educational purposes in schools whilst being one of the most read books for families also,the story line is based around a young school girl named Anne Frank who is living in Holland which at the time is occupied by the Germans during the war.
        Anne Frank and her family are Jewish and the beginning of this book shows how the Germans took control of the Jewish communities,they were treated inhuman and kept away from the rest of society with restrictions on just about everything they did,they were all made to live together in terrible conditions,the Jewish families were even subjected to curfews.

        From these terrible conditions things were destined to only get worse for the Jewish people as the Germans had started to organize the execution of the Jewish race,as people started to be kidnapped and taken away by the SS it was time that Otto,Anne's father decided to move his family underground and in to hiding so they all moved to a place they called the Annexe,and this is where Anne started writing her diary who she named Kitty and it is this Diary which is transformed into the true story called Anne Frank.
        Living in hiding the Frank family share there tiny living space with another family the Van Daams and other than a couple of friends and ally's helping them out by bringing them food and staying for a chat the two families do not see anybody,they live for years in hiding not going outside and having to be quite inside so not to be caught by the enemy,food is hard to come by mostly surviving on dry stored foods which just adds to there misery.

        As Anne Frank starts to grow up she continues to write about her life in Kitty she writes of her emerging sexuality,her conflicts with her mother and other members in the Annexe as well as her growing love for Peter the son of the other family they are in hiding with.
        This book ends when Anne is no longer able to write in Kitty the tension and anguish builds up leaving you in no doubt about Anne's fate,there was only to be one survivor after the war had finished Otto,he survived the Annexe as well as the concentration camps and it was he who published Anne Frank's amazing story.

        What is so amazing about this book is that after the war the world especially the Jewish people found it hard to find documented proof on the evil things which had taken place yet here we have the diary of a young girl who is beyond her years and between the pages of her diary is a story filled with horror,inhuman treatment and certain death.
        If you have never read this book then it is time to go pick it up,it will cost 6-7 pounds but you can get it much cheaper second hand,filled with terror and tension this book explores the raw emotions of Anne Frank as she tries to live through the suffering and even if you have read this book when you was younger I recommend you read it again as the more older and wiser you are the more you will get out of this book.
        We as members of the human race should never let this story be forgotten,we have a lot to learn about the world we live in through reading Anne Frank Diary and we have a duty to make sure nothing so evil and inhuman ever happens again.

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          20.03.2012 21:00
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          An excellent and essential read for everyone.

          As part of my degree course I am writing an essay on children's literature written during or about the second world war. I was surprised when I realised I had actually never read 'The Diary of a Young Girl' by Anne Frank as it really seems like a classic read that everyone should undertake.

          Like most people would I had expectations of what this book would be like - given it's notoriety and historical context. I have to say I was surprised - both by how narrow my expectations were and how broad and interesting the book is. That is not to say I was expecting it to be a dull read - but I thought it might deal more heavily with the persecution of Jewish people in Germany and the events of the Second World War. I was pleasantly surprised to find a young writer who astutely describes the social dynamic of the group in hiding. Not only do you read a perceptive account of adults through the eyes of a teenager but you also experience first love all over again when reading this book.

          Overall I think this book is a must for everyone - and don't be put off by what you might expect to be a very heavy and upsetting account of world war II. This book proves that through terrible adversity and danger people can find solace in the small things in life. It also demonstrates that even when living through the terror of a war people do not lose their humanity - they still squabble over petty and trivial matters and they still seek approval from others.

          The version I am reviewing is the 60th anniversary addition - compiled and edited by Otto Frank (Anne's father) and Marjim Pressler. This version combines aspects of version A (Anne's original diary), version B (Anne's re-edited version she planned to publish) and version C (the original publication produced by Otto Frank which edits out some of the sexual references and unflattering portrayals of Anne's mother). This can at times be confusing but the editors have attempted to make this understandable by italicising and dating entries which Anne amended.

          I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would recommend it to anyone looking for a more challenging book for younger readers.

          (This review may also appear on Ciao under the name Doll12)

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            11.09.2009 15:49
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            It is not the text of the book that is significant, it is the context and the circumstance

            This is one of those books that almost everyone has heard of and knows at least a little about. I think what makes this book one that has remained so popular is because of the situation that Anne was in when she wrote it, and also the very sad fact that she died during the War, mid-way through her diary. It is certainly not because the writing is spectacular and the plotline so complex (it isn't - not much really happens). This is, after all, a teenage girl's story and it is full of the things you would imagine such a diary to contain; musings about the boy she likes and about her own appearance.

            I enjoyed this book when I first read it many years ago, and I enjoyed it again when I re-read it last month, however to say that one "enjoyed" such a book seems wrong. I think perhaps it is better to say that I found it interesting and felt deeply for poor Anne and her family and friends who were reduced to living in such cramped and squalid accommodation, living in fear daily and having their lives snuffed out prematurely at the hands of an evil tyrant. It is perhaps not "enjoyable" so much as moving.

            One might wonder really how the decision was ever taken to publish her private and personal diary, given that a teenage girl obviously wrote it for herself and herself alone and didn't surivive to be able to approve its publication. The fact is that had she survived her diary would almost certainly not have been of such significance.

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              10.06.2009 16:55
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              One of most dull reads I have ever picked up

              Some books through History are regarded as essential reading, books that are used in simple off the cuff references that give the impression that everyone has read them, well, I had not read Anne Frank but fairly recently had it passed to me so that I may catch up on what I had been missing. A lot of people I believe are going to strongly disagree with this review but to be honest, this is a site built on personal opinion, so I'm going to carry on anyway.

              If you are not aware of the concept of the book then let me give you a little back round, Anne Frank was a teenage Jewish girl growing up in the Netherlands when Hitler rose to power, as Jewish persecution rose Anne and her family took shelter in a hidden Annexe, her diary documents her time of the war, her personal feelings and her views.

              I find modern warfare very interesting, I am 24 and the thought that these events happened such a relatively short time ago astounds me. I am interested in reading personal accounts as well viewpoints of what happened on certain events, I do not however have any patience for an annoying girl who spent her whole war time stuck in an annexe.

              The majority of the content of this book is based on Anne, and obviously from her own view point, Anne thinks very highly of herself (I'm sure with a comment like that I'm going to get messages like 'oh she was just an insecure little girl', but I say poppycock to that), she talks about all her good points, to name a few according to her she is quick witted, able to access herself from outside her own body and fantastic when is comes to writing, she also claims that all the boys pay her attention and she is constantly surrounded by admirers.

              It closely deals with the personal relationships between herself and the other people hiding in the annexe, these include her Mother and Father - Edith and Otto, her Sister Margot, as well and Petronells and Hans Van Dam and their son. It deals with her hatred of her mother for not getting enough support, her complete admiration for her father, her complete intolerance of the Van Dams and her love for Peter.

              The problem for me with this book, and I would class it as a very serious problem, is NOTHING ACTUALLY HAPPENS. Not one part of the book (apart from perhaps the last ten pages, and for anyone who has read the book will understand where I'm coming from) ever grasped me and made me want to keep reading - I read just before I go to sleep, and I have to tell you I was so thoroughly bored throughout that it took me a good couple of months to read, and left me feeling truly uninspired.

              I think for a printed book to work as a diary you have to feel some sort of connection to the lead character, you have to want to get to know them, whether that be because you hate them or because you love them (for instance, I loved Nick Hornby's - High Fidelity as I could relate to the character and the thought processes), I could never develop strong feelings for Anne, I found her self obsessed and arrogant but at the same time nothing made me dislike her enough to hold my interest.

              I truly don't understand how this book has become one of the most famous books ever written, and firmly believe that it could possibly be the most boring war story ever written, when you think of all the exciting tales to be told, and the people who suffered and became martyrs for their Countries and their personal rights, does this really deserve be marked out as a great piece of WWII literature?

              Don't buy this new off amazon for £4.99
              Don't read the 368 pages
              And don't use these ISBN's
              ISBN-10: 0141032006
              ISBN-13: 978-0141032009

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                I'm sure I had, as many people had in school read Anne Franks diary. Now 12 years later my daughter wants to read it and do you think I could find it anywhere? What is considered to be a very important piece of social history wasn't in Waterstones or Blackwells. In the end we had to order it from WH Smiths who didn't stock it either!! Anyway, we finally got it 2 weeks later and found it was the latest definitive version which also has previously unpublished material. Which makes life difficult particularly if you have read the earlier editions. You see Anne originally started a diary in 1942 then in 1944 a radio announcement asked people to keep letters and diaries as eye witness accounts, so she started to rewrite and edit her diary, improved text and out in things from memory as well as keeping the original. Later Otto Frank her father selected material from both her books and edited them as a shorter version which became the original book. So this version is the original book wit more bits from the original diaries plus some previously unknown pages. Right now we've understood that, who is Anne Frank? Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl living in Holland with her parents Otto and Edith and her older sister Margot during the Second World War. The Nazis have occupied an the Jew are being persecuted, they have to wear yellow stars, have to go to Jewish schools and man other demoralising actions. Then the call ups start coming and the family decide to go into hiding with family friends, Petronells and Hans Van Daan and their son Peter. Their hiding place is on two floors above Otto Franks office with the door hidden by a book case. Along with another chap, Mr Dussell they share four room and there they stay fro 2 years. And this is Anne's story. I mean, 2 years stuck in an attic, there cant be much to write about but this doesn't seem to be the case. In my opinion this book is based on the relatio
                nships between the people in the book, name Anne and her Mother, and Anne and Peter. The relationship between Anne and her Mother is a fraught one. They come into conflict often, mainly over things Anne may or may not have done. 'I'd like to scream, stamp my feet, give Mother a good shaking, cry and I don't know what else because of the nasty, words, mocking looks and accusations that she hurls after me day after day' This unfortunately seems to be the depth of relationship between them, nowhere in here is there any love or warmth, it reaches a point where they realise they no longer love each other. There seems to be no real animosity, in fact the whole thing is just a bit vague. It would have been nice to what the relationship was like prior to going into hiding. As many of the passages concerning their relationship were removed in the first edition it makes you wonder what Anne actually wrote about!! And Anne and Peter, of course they gradually fall in love and we get reams of writing about how perfect he is, how beautiful he is , but he gradually gets mixed up with Anne's first ever boyfriend also called Peter who's become a very idealistic character. It strikes me that Anne is 'a bit up herself' as I would say, all the boys seems to love her, everybody wants to be her friend, she's just a little darling. Perhaps that's why she can handle the criticism of the adults around her. And I have to say she gets a hell of a lot of that!! So there are elements of self-pity but not for the right reasons, in my own opinion that is. I hate to say it but for the majority of the book I feel very little sympathy, for the situation yes, for Anne as a person, no! Lack of emotion seems to be another aspect of the book, perhaps that's just the way the Dutch are? I know that if I was 13 years old, in hiding for my life, eating the same thing for days on end and knowing that the Nazis were taking awa
                y my friends and killing them I'd be distraught! I'd be scared and yes, I'd probably indulge in a few 'why me' But there seems to be very little of this in this book, yes fear when they think they are about to be caught. However the subject of pickling food seems to come up quite often!! Sometimes I dont think we get a view of the real Anne at all, a sanitised version, it encapsulate the fear that she must have gone through at all. And another thing, 8 people in a attic for 2 years and not one gets 'cabin fever'. Surely that's not natural? At least one person would go slightly potty, moan and cry a lot, gnashing of teeth, but no, a lot of stiff upper lips. Arguments between the members of the household doesnt count. Yes they get visited by their protectors on regulars occasion, and even get little goodies but even so..... Wouldnt you get upset not even being able to open a window, draw open the curtains and have to share a slop bucket with 7 other people for 4 days. (Bearing in mind they've been eating sauerkraut for a week) There's just something about this book that doesn't ring true. Just how much has Otto frank left out? OK, so the arguments have been put back in as have the scenes dealing with sexuality (which apparently only came to light in 1998!), including a rather graphic description of a vagina! But he left out any emotional displays at all. Is he just trying to show how brave they were? If so, it doesn't work!! And just how much has Mirjam Pressler rewritten because less like a child's writing have I ever read. OK, she was living in harsh times, had to hide to save her life, but I'm damn sure she didn't suddenly turn 40 when she was in there, which is what this books reads like. Characterisation, tone, structure and even words all sound like they were written by a much older person. I'm also sure that I read one or two words and phrases that didn't quite fit wi
                th the times. I'm sure I remembered a certain poignancy when I first read this but now there's none at all. I feel slightly cheated, I expected to read a diary written by a young girl instead I was treated to a grown up version. It would be nice to have read the originals as they were written, perhaps this would have given us more of an insight. Anne Franks diary was studied for years before it was announced that it wasn't a fake. The amount that appears to have been rewritten now puts it into that category. When does re-writing and editing get to the stage where the book is no longer valid, as a believe this version to be. Anne Frank and her family were undoubtedly real. They were taken from the Annexe on 4th August 1944 after being betrayed Otto Frank was the only survivor, Edith Frank dies in Auschwitz-Birkaneau from hunger and exhaustion. Margot and Anne ended up in Bergen-Belsen and died from Typhus around 7 weeks before the camp was liberated. Whats in question is the book itself, real, fake, or so heavily edited it bears no resemblance to the original. You decide.

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                  just a word of advice- to enable you to fully understand the poor conditions lived in by anne and her family, if in amsterdam you must visit annes house- people were visably effected as they walked aroung the museum-a must for all european travelers. the size of the house is not reflected in the book-it is miniscule, at the rear of the factory that annes father used to manage. we were shook by the visual siaplays- including the origional diary, and photos. annes room is as it was left(although now preserved) with her photos, and a height chart on the wall to demonstate the families growth whilst in hiding

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                    My copy of the diary of Anne Frank was presented to me in 1973 by my local church for regular attendence. My religious tendancies have fallen by the wayside over the years, but this book has been more enduring and in a profound way. It is difficult to get children to understand the horror, indignities and injustice of war. Visually it can be too upsetting, causing an overload of information that isn't easily acceptable to youngsters. Equally, the written word can be too adult or simply too boring for them to even want to try and get to grips with it. This is where Anne Frank has become so invaluable, and not just with telling her story to fellow youngsters, she can also impact heavily across the age spectrum. At the start of her teenage years, Anne Frank, her parents, sister and four other people, all Jewish, go into hiding in the sealed off back rooms of an Amsterdam office building. The persecution of Jews had gathered in intensity and ferocity by 1942, and it's this that has prompted the family to take such action. They lived their lives in this cramped and terrified fashion for some 2 years, until they were given up in betrayal. Anne and her family ultimately met their fate in the concetration camp at Belsen, although her father, Otto, was to survive. Amazingly, the diary she had kept since being given the book for her 13th birthday, was found totally by accident, after her death. It is stunning in it's innocent and yet total faith in her religion, which remained unswerving throughout her ordeals. It is touching in her revelations about her showing the first signs of womanhood. It is sweet and gentle with her falling in love. It is inspirational in it's portrayal of her courage, nobility and perseverence with the everyday strains placed on her by the enforced confinement. In places it is the work of genius. She wrote almost daily and addressing the entries after a while as, 'Dear
                    Kitty'. Her first entry starts: "Sunday 14th June, 1942. On Friday 12th June, I woke up at six o'clock, and no wonder; it was my birthday. But of course I was not allowed to get up at that hour, so I had to control my curiosity until a quarter to seve. Then I could bear it no longer, and went to the dining room, where I received a welcome from Moortie (the cat). Soon after seven, I went to Mummy and Daddy and then to the sitting room to undo my presents. The first to greet me was you, possibly the nicest of all...." Only a few weeks later, and Anne's life takes the dramatic turn. Her father has been called-up by the SS and she is given the order to pack because they are going into hiding. "Wednesday, 8th July, 1942. ....Into hiding - where would we go, in a town or the country, in a house or a cottage, when, how, where...? These were questions I was not allowed to ask, but I couldn't get them out of my mind. Margot and I began to pack some of our most vital belongings into a school-satchel...." And so it is that you get to live these moments with her. Written chamingly, vividly and with a deep impact that children unwittingly give to such situations, Anne's entries can make you smile, laugh, empathise and shed futile tears. The horror of her situation and unknown fate is in stark contrast to the hope she held in everything. For all the youthful optimism she exudes through the pages, it is a sobering read. If I still held faith in a God, I might believe that she was chosen to put forward her view of life during those deeply disturbing and violent times, and that her words would do something positive for the rest of the world to wonder over. The book was first published in 1947 in Holland, and by the time I had won the book in 1973 had been reprinted 28 times with millions being sold - maybe these things happen for a reason, and if by her
                    unwittingly well chosen words she puts forward her shining beacon of righteousness and hope as counter balance to those horrors, indignities and injusitices that come with war, then maybe, maybe, good will continue to flow from her work. And her life won't have been in vain.

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                      I was quite suprised to see that there was no were for me to actuly write about "The diary of Anne Frank." I saw that someone else had writen about the book here so I thought i'd join them in writing about the most touching and moving book that I have ever read. Anne Frank was born on 12th June 1929 and died while being imprisoned at Bergen-Belsen, 3 months short of her 16th birthday. At the beginning or the book Anne wrote: "I hope i will be able to confide everything to you, as i have never been able to confide in anyone, and i hope you will be a great source of comfort and support." She calles her diary and writes to "Kitty." Anne's diary first follows her experiances at school. She writes from the moment she gets the book, for her birthday present. She kept a diary from the 12th of June 1942 untill 1st August 1944. It follows her many experiances and she deeply describes her emotions and feelings in it. This was around the time of WW2 were it was basicly hell for the Jews. In july, she and her family, fleeing the horrors of the Nazi occupation, hid in the back of a warehouse, in a secret Annexe. Her diary seemed to be only scource of comfort and vividly describes the frustrations of living in such confined quarters, the constant threat of beinbg discovered, hunger and tiredness and above all, boredom. Living In the Annex were her mother and father, Edith and Otto and her sister, Margot. Also, Mr and Mrs van Dann and their son Peter and they were all later joined by Albert Dussel.

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                      In 1942, Anne Frank and her family fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation, hid in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years, Anne describes in her diary her frustrations at being confined, hungry, bored and the threat of discovery. Her diary ends when they are discovered in 1944. Her diary is among the most enduring documents of the 20th century.