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Amy's Bookshelf Reviews: Anne Frank- Anne Frank Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank- Anne Frank Diary of a Young Girl

5 Stars

Heartbreaking and yet, very interesting

The Anne Frank Diary of a Young Girl book is not just about a young girl and most of her family whose fate was held in Hitler's hands, and sent to "camps" with deplorable conditions. It is a heartbreaking story because we know the end of the story, but it's the beginning and every thing leading up to the fate of the Frank family that shows the humanity. Anne was a 12-year-old girl, smart and loved her family, yet, she favored her father more. She had a rough relationship with her mother and sister. She couldn't understand why she couldn't connect with her mother and sister, though she tried. She started writing in a journal that she named "Kitty" so it was her sharing her feelings, and what was going on. After awhile it was not about talking to Kitty, but the surroundings and having to be quiet, hide, and still get word from the outside world. Darkened basements, warehouses, no light, hoarding and saving food, and some sneaking out to find out what was going on in the world. Who did they take? Did that person go to the camps to die, or somewhere else? It’s definitely un-put-downable! Anne writes in one of her entries, "I've learned one thing; you only get to know someone after a fight. Only then can you judge their true character." (This book also has some family photos and sketches that Anne did). Anne Frank was born in 1929: Her parents were Edith and Otto Frank. She had an older sister, Margo. Otto was the only one who survived, and was determined for the world to see Anne's words. At the end of the book, you find the information about the inhabitants of the Secret Annex and their real names. Edith died of starvation and exhaustion, Margo and Anne died of Typhus. No one ever knew who betrayed them. Anne Frank Diary of a Young Girl is a definite recommendation by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews. This title is on a list of banned books.

This book was banned, even though it is a magnificent symbol and story of the experiences the Jewish suffered during the Nazi regime because it was "believed" to include "sexual material" or "pornographic" material, and this is because of some of the entries of Anne was her curiosity about her body, why others were "boy crazy," and her exploration of herself as a young girl wanting to live and turn into a woman.

Anne Frank House Organization



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