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The Diary of a Young Girl

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Title:

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Author:

Anne Frank

Publication Information:

The book was written in Amsterdam from 1942-1944, as young Anne hid out from the Nazis with her family. Anne Frank died in a concentration camp, but the book was eventually published in 1947 by Doubleday.

Characters:

Anne Frank, the writer.
Edith Frank, Anne's mother.
Otto Frank, Anne's father, who originally fled with his family to Amsterdam in order to save them from the Nazis.
Margot Frank, Anne's older sister.
The van Daan family, including Peter, a young man whom Anne befriends during her ordeal. This family hides with the Frank family.
Otto Frank's employees, who help the families.

Summary:

Otto Frank moved his family to Amsterdam from Frankfurt, Germany, their place of origin, once the Nazis came to power and began to enforce cruel laws enacted against the Jewish population. In Amsterdam, Otto enjoys some success as a businessman, but he keeps a close watch on the spreading power of the Nazis. When the Germans invade the Netherlands, the Frank family goes into hiding in a small area above Otto's office. They are joined by the van Daan family. Many of Otto's employees aid the hideaways as they wait and pray for an end to their terrifying ordeal. The war takes a terrible toll on Holland, and food becomes quite scarce. Starvation and crime become rampant in the small country, which only worsens the plight of the Frank family and their friends who hide with them.

On the pages of her diary, Anne explores love and questions the meaning of life in a way that is quite typical of a young teen, yet quite extraordinary under the circumstances under which she lives. Her portrayal provides a stark glimpse into her extraordinary ordeal. She captivates the reader with an innocence that contrasts the stark reality of her situation.

The diary ends abruptly on August 1, 1944. There is no sign-off and no explanation, although it is known from historical records that the family was betrayed and captured by the Nazis.

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