I've read so many books about the Holocaust, particularly the ones aimed toward young (mostly adolescent) readers. I own a huge collection and I re-read them frequently. I've owned The Diary of a Young Girl for YEARS (so long that the inside cover has turned yellow) but I've never read it until now.I'm so glad I waited to read it. I don't think I would have appreciated it as much when I was younger (I would've thought it was boring.) But now I'm able to appreciate it for what it is: A breathtakingly beautiful diary of a young woman who had a huge talent for writing and a depth of emotions that are painful and familiar.Anne Frank's diary is not a famous book because of plot. There is none. It's her diary. The book is famous, and deservedly so, for the way she wrote. Every word in the diary is so honest. The reader is able to see Anne grow up from a happy thirteen year old enjoying boyfriends and bike riding in Amsterdam, to a lonely fifteen year old whose physical existence was confined to a few small rooms and a few people who couldn't understand her - but whose emotional and mental existence was almost omniscient, noticing and feeling everything.I came so close to crying after finishing this book - and I've only ever cried reading one book before in my life. Although Anne Frank lived for two years in hiding she still ended up in Auschwitz, survived Auschwitz, and died of typhus in another camp...but despite all that she managed to live her dream: she became a famous author who has touched the lives of millions upon millions of people.Christopher
This is a perfect storm of heartbreaking literature. It's what you get when you throw an average (albeit unusually clever) girl into the most terrible circumstances this bloody world has seen in recent history.It's a very unusual document in the field of Holocaust literature. For one thing, there are no gas ovens or train cars crammed with bodies. There's very little suspense and it's filled with quiet moments of happiness. Whereas most Holocaust memoirs are permeated by death, Anne Frank's diary documents the budding of a precious life. Our heroine experiences her first kiss, her sexuality awakens, she looks forward to things this world will teach her. It's an oddly optimistic tale of one of the darkest periods of history.Anne was a very perceptive young woman and it is our fortune that she was a great writer, even at thirteen years old. She realized that the Annex in which she and her family lived was a small bubble surrounded by death: "I see the eight of us in the Annex as if we were a patch of blue sky surrounded by menacing black clouds. . . . [They loom] before us like an impenetrable wall, trying to crush us, but not yet able to. I can only cry out and implore, “Oh ring, ring, open wide and let us out!”Of course, Anne died. She and her family were carted off and everyone but her father was killed or died from disease in concentration camps. But all of that is extrinsic to this diary. What we are left with is a perfectly intimate record of youth—so perfect that it is hard to believe it is a real diary written by a real girl—which is enriched, both in spite of and in virtue of, its historical context.Nikki Nielsen
When I read The Diary of Anne Frank for the first time, I identified with her at every turn. I felt her emotions, I understood the plight she had with her mother. Funny how this time around (decades later) I identify more with her mother. As children we expect our parents to be perfect. As parents we keep the secret that we are still children, just older.'Friday 20 November, 1942None of us really knows how to take it all. The news about the Jews had not really penetrated through to us until now, and we thought it best to remain as cheerful as possible. Every now and then, when Miep lets out something about what has happened to a friend, Mummy nad Mrs. Van Daan always begin to cry, so Miep thinks it better not to tell us any more. But Dussel was immediately plied with questions from all sides, and the storiea he told us were so gruesome and dreadful that one can't get them out of one's mind.Yet we shall still have our jokes and tease each other, when these horrors have fasded a bit in our minds. It won't do us any good, or help those outside, to go on being as gloomy as we are at the moment. And what would be the object of making our "Secret Annexe" into a "Secrete Annexe of Gloom"? 'If a 13 year old girl can keep a good attitude and look on the 'bright side' of the holocaust after being forced into hiding, then I can surely look on the brighter side of things every day of my comparably easy life.Mr. Z
If only every teenager would read and embrace this story, I wonder if it would change the instant-gratification, me-me-me society that has evolved over the last 50 years? Of course, this novel is a staple in any Holocaust lesson planning. In a world in which so few teenagers (or adults, for that matter) seem to stop and give thanks for what they have (instead chirping about what they want or complaining about what they don't have), Anne Frank faced the most unfair of cruelties with a certain strength and grace that crushes nearly any "problem" kids or adults face. Many Holocaust books or movies make you think, "Why?! Why did this happen?!" This story makes me think, "How? How did Anne Frank find the strength to keep her head and record her thoughts during such an unbelievably difficult time?" In a world desperate for heroes and tired (though indelibly enamored by) spoiled athletes, stories like this are once-in-a-lifetime. Hats off to Anne Frank. She had dreams of becoming famous and, although it was for reasons she never would have imagined, at least that part of her dream became true. I appreciate how this story makes my students of all learning levels and backgrounds rethink what they thought they knew about sacrifices and challenges, and even gets some students thinking about how they can use their lives to make a positive difference for others.Brian Davis
I went to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. which left me overwhelmed and sick, like I had just finished a terrible bout with the flu or something. In the museum, a lot of the exhibits depict what Jewish life was like before the war (mainly in Lithuania, where a lot of photos and testimonials were recovered). I thought of Anne Frank immediately, and the fact that I'd never read her diary. It was a good follow up to the museum, being a very personal story as well as a clear, well-articulated description of living through such a chaotic, terrifying period of history. In her famous entry where she writes "I still believe people are good at heart," Anne bemoans the chaos she has lived through for two years, and directly addresses the fact that her individual life is being indelibly changed by the course of history. Who thinks that way these days?! What teenager is possessed of this much self-awareness?! When Anne encourages herself to be positive, to hold onto her ideals in the hope that she will survive the war, it's both humbling and inspiring. I will be recommending this book from now on.Seham .
يبدو غريبًا أن تحظى مراهقة مثل آن فرانك بكلّ هذه الضجة. والذي قرأ في سيرة حياتها، سيعرف أنها ماتت خلال شتاء 1944 – 1945 بالتيفوس وهي لم تكمل سن السادسة عشر. ماتت، ضمن سجناء أراضي لونبورغ في ألمانيا. لم تكن ذات تجربة عريقة يمكن أن تُساعد في صنعها ككاتبة.لم تكن سوى فتاة قررت في الثالثة عشرة من عمرها، أن تبدأ بكتابة يوميّات. دافعها الوحيد في شعورها القوّي هذا، أنها لم تكن تملك في يوم من الأيّام، صديق حقيقيّ. أرادت أن تعترف للعالم بما يُخالج أعماقها مرّة واحدة وإلى الأبد، هكذا كتبت: “لا يبدو أنني أفتقر إلى شيء إلا إلى الصديقة الحقيقيّة”.عندما تردد اسمها أمامي كثيرًا سعيت في معرفة ماذا كتبت، ولماذا؟ وإلى حدّ أرادت بيومياتها أن تصل؟ حينها رأيت أفلام سينمائيّة وأخرى وثائقيّة تتحدّث عنها وعن عائلتها بفخامة لم أعهد لها مثيل، شعرت وكأنما هناك من ينفخ في قصتها.رأي يقول: أن تلك الفتاة جسدت وثائق تتحدّث عن أشد سنوات العالم سودًا وحلكة، الحرب العالمية الثانيّة، والاجتياح الألمانيّ لهولندا حيث كانت تختبأ هي وعائلتها في امستردام بعيدًا عن أيدي النازية. ربما، من هُنا تبرز أهمية – آن – الشاهدة والكاتبة. لكنه لم يكن سببًا كافيًا بالنسبة لي. لذا عزمت على قراءة يومياتها المترجمة للعربيّة من مكتبة علاء الدين الإلكترونيّة وهي مكتبة بمؤلفات يهوديّة، ومازلت لا أعرف سبب ذلك.عندما بدأت بقراءة يومياتها، شعرت بإنّي أمام ثرثرة طويلة لمراهقة تصف أصدقائها بالتقزز والقذارة، كانت سطحيّة، وكنتُ سأتوقف، إذ أنه من غير المجدي الاستمرار في كتاب أعذب نفسي فيه! وكان من الممكن لحديثها لو استمر على تلك الوتيرة أن يجلب للمرء صداع لا خلاص منه. لكنّي لسبب ما، أكملت تلك القراءة إلى تلك اللحظة التي كتبت فيها: “يستطيع الورق أن يصبر أكثر من البشر”. توقفت عند عتبة هذه العبارة! حسنًا، ماذا يعني ل – آن – الصغيرة، إن باستطاعة الورق أن يصبر أكثر من البشر؟ ربما في تلك الفتاة أكثر مما أتوقع. أكملتُ وأنا أمسك بقولها المأثور ذاك، وكإنّي ارتبط بأحد وارصّ كلماته جيّدًا، رغبةً مني في تكوين رأي حولها.بينما اقرأ كانت آن الصغيرة تكبر بين أصابعي، كأنما، كلّما كبرت، ازداد عمق ما تكتب. شعرت في لحظات كثيرة، حاجتها للكتابة. قيل: أن آن قد سمعت في إذاعة لندن خطاب الوزير قريت بولكستين وأنهُ يرغب بجمع رسائل أو مذكرات لأشخاص عاشوا مصاعب الحرب، كانت قد عزمت على النشر، ومشاركة الجميع حياتهم السريّة، لذا قد أعادت تسمية من اقتسموا معها ومع عائلتها المخبأ بناءً على شخصيات قصة كانت قد قرأتها. المخبأ الذي أعده والدها آوتو قبل سنة من هروبهم، وحظيّ فيه بمساعدات من أصدقائه في المكتب.لم تكن السياسة موضوعًا اختياريًا بالنسبة لآن، كانت مُجبرة على الارتباط بما يقال في الراديو، وعن ماذا يمكن أن يتحدّث تشرتشل العزيز جدًا كما كانت تدعوه. مناجاة آن لله في تلك الأحوال، أظهر إيمانها جليًّا جدًا على الورق في مقاطع عميقة، كانت قد اشارت مرّة أن ما يحدث لها هو: امتحان من الله لها، ولصبرها. آمنت وسلمت بتلك الحقيقة. حينما كانت تفكر بالأشياء التي تحلم بالحصول عليها، يتبادر إلى ذهنها شعور الذنب حيال ما يحدث للأطفال في العالم، وكيف يمكن أن تكون ناكرة للجميل إلى هذا الحدّ؟ من شأن هذا الشعور أن يجعل المرء يتآكل في أعماقه.من هُنا تنبعث إنسانية آن الصغيرة، بالرغم من الاضطهاد الذي وقع على عائلتها، شعرت بالامتنان والشقاء معًا. يتبادر هذا السؤال الأزليّ: ما الإنسانيّة، إن لم تكن قادر التعاطف مع الألم الإنسانيّ، والشعور به؟ ما الإنسانيّة إن لم تكن، حجم اكتراثك بالآخرين؟من أهم تلك الأشياء التي قد اقتادتني للاستمرار في قراءة يوميات آن، هو الشعور بإنّي أمام تجربة وليست قطعة فنيّة. لا يسعك أن تفكر بعد أن تقرأ كل هذه الأمور من دون تقول: يا شقاء تلك الحياة! ربما هذا ما أوقد اهتمامي في تلك الرحلة. صبيحة كتابتي لهذه التدوينة، كنتُ قد قمتُ بعمل بغيض إرضاء للآخرين، بينما كنتُ أقوم بما يتطلبه العمل، طرأت آن فرانك وأفعالها المتكررة طوال سنتين كاملين وهي تقوم فيها بتقشير البطاطس، المشي على أطراف أصابعها كيلا يسمع من بالأسفل ما يجري في العليّة. هذا الحذر والتقيد المتواصل، الذي يُثير الرعب في أعماق النفس، كان دائم، بشكلٍ مُرهق.لاكمال التدوينة، هي هنا:http://www.ilex.cc/?p=122Apatt
Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl is one of those books that I have heard of since I was a wee lad and never got around to reading until now that I am no longer a lad (but still rather wee in stature). A few weeks ago I was looking at one of those “Books to Read Before you Die” lists (I forget which one, there are so many such lists) and Anne Frank’s “Diary” is featured quite prominently. It reminded me that if I were to be hit by a meteorite or some such personal calamity as I go foraging for lunch I will have missed reading this book and in spite of having it in my TBR for years. So I read it.I am assuming that the 1995 translation by Susan Massotty from Dutch to English is an accurate one as there is no mention of it being poorly translated in the online resources (Wikipedia etc). Under this assumption it is interesting how Anne’s narrative sounds rather like something written by an average teenager at the beginning of the book and progressively become more thoughtful, philosophical and even profound towards the end. This is remarkable because the diary only spans just under couple of years (1942-1944). Her prose is very easy to read, the ordinariness of the language and much of her thoughts belies the fact that this is probably the most famous diary ever written and it follows that Anne must have been an extraordinary girl. Most of the diary is a depiction of Anne’s day to day life among the seven other people she was in hiding with in a secret annex behind a company’s building in Amsterdam. Some of the diary’s entries are more interesting than others. Anne starts off sounding giddy and perky then as the months in hiding drag on and on she becomes angsty, sad, afraid and miserable. Towards the end of the book she becomes happier as she falls in love with a boy in her group of fugitives and the tide of war turns against the Nazis.The book made me feel a little claustrophobic at times as Anne’s group of eight fugitives is stuck in the annex. Her depiction of air raids and burglary is vivid and frightening. As time goes by Anne’s circumstances begin to worsen, food becomes scarce and relationships within the group begin to deteriorate. The book does become a little repetitious at times but then this is not a work of fiction and life is repetitious, especially under the circumstances Anne was living in where life tends to be either static and boring or alarming and frightening. This being non-fiction and I had no idea where the book was going, though from the preface I already knew it would not end well for Anne and was kind of dreading the end of the book. In a novel you would usually get some kind of foreboding passages from the author but in real life momentous things can happen very suddenly. So I was reading this diary until it suddenly ended without any kind of signing off from the author. It felt as if the Gestapo suddenly showed up to arrest Anne in mid sentence. That is the most frightening part of the book for me, the stoppage that came out of nowhere. The Afterward (not written by Anne) is truly shocking and heartbreaking. So much so that I doubt I can ever bring myself to reread this book.My audiobook edition (cheap if you buy the Kindle edition first) is read by American actress Selma Blair, I remember her well from the movies Cruel Intentions and Hellboy. Initially I felt that I would have preferred a British narrator, someone like Kate Winslet perhaps; obviously there is no good reason for this as Anne was neither British nor American. However, Ms. Blair did a good job and soon she was the voice of Anne Frank for me.Definitely a five stars book but I am not sure how heartily I can recommend it as it makes me kind of maudlin. Poor Anne, she deserved better.Alia
When I was in Amsterdam last April I went to see the attic space that Anne Frank's family lived in, and became interested in reading her diary again. I read it when I was in grade school, and our tour guide Stephen told us that recently an un-edited version had been released. This version included many negative descriptions of her parents and other house-mates as well as entries dealing with her sexuality. After all, this is the diary of an adolescent girl but I was amazed with how outspoken and strong willed this 14 year old was. She was very aware of herself and how others saw her. She was able to clearly state her thoughts and feelings in her entries. I read my old journals wishing they were half as interesting and articulate as hers.mai ahmd
آن فرانك هي طفلة يهودية من أصل ألماني عاشت في زمن ألمانيا النازية ارتحل والدها أوتو فرانك لهولندا معتقدا أنه سيجد الأمان من إضطهاد النازية لكن الظروف ساءت حين غزت ألمانيا هولندا واضطرت الأسرة للإختباء مع عوائل يهودية أخرى في ملحق لمكتب والدها وفي هذه المذكرات تكتب آن يومياتها في تلك الفترة التي حاصرهم بها الخوف المذكرات لا تقتصر على الحالة النفسية التي عاشتها آن تحت وطأة ذلك الخوف وفي ظل الظروف القاسية ولكنها تبدو رحلة تحول للكثير من الإنفعالات والتقلبات التي تمر بها أية مراهقة غير أن ظروف الحصار جعلت تلك الإنفعالات مختلفة حادة أحيانا وقاسية على من عاشوا معها وحنونة في أحيان أخرى شاعرة بالذنب وراغبة في الحب والتفهم لمشاعر من حولها .. عاشت آن قصة حب مراهقة لفتى جمعتها به ظروف الحصار وفي صفحات كثيرة كانت آن تحكي مشاعرها تجاه بيتر وهي مترددة ما بين أن تكون تلك العلاقة هي صداقة أم علاقة حب .. في نفس الوقت عانت آن من استصغار من حولها لها على أساس إنها طفلة لذلك كانت كثيرا ما تشتكي من عدم تفهم الكبار لمشاعرها خاصة وهي تعاني من عدم القدرة على التواصل مع والدتها للدرجة التي كانت تشعر إنها قادرة على الإستغناء عنها أمور كثيرة كتبت عنها آن أهمها ما عاناه اليهود خلال تلك الفترة من الغزو الألماني ووطأة الجوع ربما قد تهون في ظل أن تكون لصيقا بأناس غريبين عنك عاجزين عن فهمك وذلك في فترة تقارب الثلاث سنوات وفي ملحق لم تخرج منه آن أبدا إلا لحتفها تتوقف آن عن الكتابة فجأة بعد خيانة من أحدهم وكل من كان معها في الملحق سيق لمصيره رحلّت آن إلى أحد المعسكرات النازية وماتت بمرض التيفوس بعد وفاة شقيقتهاأصبح ذلك الملحق مزارا للسياح يجب أن أذكر إنني كثيرا ما شككت في وجود شخصية آن على الرغم من أنني شاهدت صورها ولا أدري لماذا !HRH
I first read this book in the eighth grade. Our junior high school simultaneously did a preformance of the play. I remember that I enjoyed both the book and the play. I think I liked the love story aspect most of all -- what 13 year-old wouldn't? But I don't think I really "got" the book.For her 13th birthday the German-born Anne Frank received a diary which she named Kitty. About a month after her birthday, her older sister, Margot, at the time just 16 years old, was "called up." For some time Otto Frank, Anne's father, had been preparing a hiding place for his family in a part of his business warehouse. With Margot's letter, the family left within 24 hours, strewing everything about and leaving a note with an address in Maastrich (hometown of musician Andre Reiu) to throw off officials. The family -- Anne's parents and her sister -- shared the secret hiding place with family friends and business partners, the Van Daan's, as Anne calls them though their real name was Van Pels, and the couple's 16 year-old son Peter. A couple months later a dentist, Mr. Dussel (really Pfeffer), joined the group and actually shared a room with Anne. Anne writes of the 25 months in hiding before being discovered in August 1944. Anne Frank died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen in early 1945, just months before the camp's liberation. Anne is an incredible writer. She uses conversation to describe anecdotes, involving body positions, voice tone, etc. just like a novel. She is also intensely thoughtful. She had insight and wisdom beyond her years. Check out this excerpt written only three weeks before the families were betrayed. "It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. It’s utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering and death. I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more" - July 15, 1944I think she may have gone to her diary most often when she was depressed (there are several very mournful entries) and a few times when she was overjoyed (as in when she got her first kiss). She flutuates often between opinions -- I hate my mother, I love my mother and I am hopeful, I am hopeless. I can relate to her changeability. She tells hilarious stories describing the events and worries of the secret annex -- especially entertaining is Mrs. Van Daan. Anne's attention to detail is so helpful in understanding the position of those in hiding. It makes me want to do better in keeping my own personal history. Each character is described so well and maintains his or her character, in a way type-cast in specific way. It would be interesting to hear how those 25 months passed from everyone else's perspective.This book is so well written it is crazy and it is simultaneously entertaining and wise.Whitney
For her 13th birthday Anne Frank received a diary she dubbed Kitty. Shortly after her birthday with the fear that her older sister, Margo may be taken by the Nazis the Franks disappear into the night and go into hiding. It is through Kitty that Anne records her thoughts and daily life living behind a bookcase in the secret annex.When I was younger I went through a "holocaust" phase before moving on to Harriet Tubman and slavery. The funny thing is that Anne Frank's Diary was not the first Holocaust book I read, I think that was The Devil's Advocate. Anyway,I soon became fascinated by the Secret Annex and the secluded life she lived for two years. Unfortunately she and the other occupants of the Annex were betrayed and sent to concentration camps with only her father Otto Frank surviving. The tragic thing (not to minimize the inhumanity of it all) is that Anne died mere weeks before liberation. Anne's dream was to have her diary published after the war and after liberation her father saw that happen, making Kitty a time capsule to an unfathomable past. View all my reviews on my blog She is too fond of booksChris
From my spring/summer, indelibly written in my consciousness, of Life In DC, Walking to the Metro Listening to In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. So Neutral Milk Hotel got me to read it. The shocking part is how normal and boring the diary is ... until it ends. And it does just that. Writing a diary myself, it horrifies me that one day I will have an entry that will be my last. Of course the cataclysm happens in the last three pages where everything goes to literal hell and you just finish the book, quietly close its cover, and look at the people of the world with new horror: Who are we? Who ARE we?Madeline
The thing that amazes me the most about this book is what an amazingly talented writer Anne was. Seriously, she started her diary when she was thirteen, and her writing is better than some famous modern authors I could name. *coughStephanie Meyercough* Anne was already writing like a sensitive, intelligent adult by the time she was fifteen. If she had lived, and continued writing, there is no doubt in my mind that she would now be considered one of the best authors of her time.Brenda
I confess to feeling slightly voyeuristic while reading this. It was constantly in the back of my mind that this was no ordinary novel, or even a true-to-life account. This was someone’s diary. Every page written in confidence, each word revealing the thoughts closest to the heart of this young girl. As a journal-keeper myself, I sometimes find myself wondering, “What if someone else were to read this?” which causes me to wonder how much to filter my words. But then, isn’t the purpose of a diary or journal just the opposite? To record one’s honest and unfiltered thoughts? While reading Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl I do not get the sense that there is any such ‘filtering’ going on. From the ages of 12-15 Anne lived an extraordinary life, and quickly grew far beyond her years in her understanding and handling of a horrendous situation.There are surprises in this book. No matter how broad or limited your understanding of the world events that threw Anne and her family into a life in hiding, I had – before reading this – held the general assumption that, “Well, it was wartime. They were in hiding for their lives. They must have been miserable all the time. Who could possibly find anything good or redeeming in the confines of such a life?” In hindsight, of course, I have had to reconsider. I found bits of beauty, kindness, and even humour popping up in the most unexpected places. And why shouldn’t I? Aren’t our lives much the same? Oh – we’re not dodging bombs and trying to sleep to the sound of gunfire (at least not in Canada). But we, each of us, are often faced with some sort of tragedy or travesty. Sometimes we may have an entire ‘bad year’, or longer. And yet, doesn’t the buoyancy of the human spirit always shine through? It is really tough work to be miserable 24 hours a day. No matter how difficult or challenged our day-to-day life, we all have those little pockets of joy that arise, and sometimes it is those tiny occurrences that make the rest of it bearable.On a personal level, I found myself comparing Anne’s childhood to that of my parents. After all, she was only a year younger than my Mom and Dad. I think back to stories they’ve told from their teen years, and it boggles the mind to think that at the exact moment my Dad and his brothers were tipping a cow, Anne was in hiding on the other side of the world. At a time when my mother was discovering make-up, Anne was realizing that life would never again be so youthful, so joyous and carefree as before the war. A generation was losing its innocence, but in very different ways.I would recommend Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl to absolutely everyone, for I believe that it holds some truth or enlightenment for everyone. I do not own this copy – it was borrowed from my daughter’s school library. She will be reading it next. She is 10. And you can bet that before long I will purchase my own copy, for I will be reading it again someday soon.Pollopicu
I'm really surprised by the number of people who thought this book was boring. I could understand how an adult man might find the musings of a young girl rather dull, but how can people in general not find this journal utterly fascinating? Here is a teenage girl who up until the end wrote with the same emotional consistency as when she began. Whoever thinks this books is boring is because they simply fail to realize, or even imagine the conditions in which this diary was written under. To think how this young girls personal life continued beyond the details of the war is rather remarkable. What would anyone else have written about in their diary as young boy or girl in the same predicament as the Franks? Anne is surprisingly strong and mature for her age, impressively intelligent, and although there was a World War going on, her own particular world never abated. Her personal life was just as important, if not necessary in order for her to survive the day to day living conditions at the Annex.Yes, there were brief moments of panic, but she had to live life, even if her living space was limited. She carried on as if being in hiding was a mere temporary inconvenience. She wasn't going to let that rob of her of her right to claim her passage into womanhood..her God given right to experience puberty, moodiness, emotions, and even love. Here I thought I was about to read the semi-interesting scribbles of a blooming young lady, with ambiguous references to the war. But there is nothing cryptic about her diary. She shoots straight from the hip in this incredibly and shockingly honest account of what life was like for her and her family living in hiding during the WW. It's not what I expected. I expected something rather tame, but it's far from it. This young girl was very interesting and quite special. You can't read this journal and think it's just an ordinary diary of a young girl, because it's not. Anne's diary is a representation of how other Jewish families lived and coped during the Nazi war. That's really powerful. Many people don't realize how fortunate we are (thanks to Anne Frank, her Father Otto Frank and Miep Gies) to have some insight on how it must have been for the Jews to coexist this way. Because of Anne, we can have some sort of idea of how it was like to live under floorboards, in between walls, and behind bookshelves. This diary humanizes and brings back to life the Jewish people who mysteriously disappeared but who had not yet died. I love this diary and I'm so grateful to have read it.It must have been extremely difficult for her father Otto Frank, to read his daughters diary after her death.