Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.
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  • Eka Greek
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "One of the most moving autobiographical books ... I read it when I was little and I would read it again. The story of Anna Frank is the historical memory of the Europe of 1900 :(((((((((((("
  • Larry Keller
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is one of the best books I ever read, it shows so much bravery but yet so sad and heart warming. The diary of anne frank has a rooted moral, that one person can make a difference that will impact the life of many people.The ways she was so clever in get them food and hiding the numbers was just awesome."
  • Jeffrey Jackson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a fascinating nonfiction story about an extraordinary young woman. This book is a steal at 6.44!!! "
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  • Walter Harris
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is an important book, but is it a good one? I was deeply affected by this in my youth so maybe the distinction is unimportant. Everyone should read this at least once."
  • Terry Woods
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I love hearing stories about world war 2 and this is by far the most important one."
  • Janice James
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The classic book that everyone should read. So well written, such an informative look at the Holocaust. They say that a large percentage of millennials don't know what happened in the Holocaust. They should make this book required reading in all schools! Read it!"
  • Howard Gibson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "GOOD ONE"
  • Jacqueline Brown
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I first read this book (the edited down version) when I was nine years old, I received the book as a gift, and again when I was twelve for school. I recently re-read the book (the new un-edited version) and coming from an entirely different perspective now that I am a thirty year old mother. First, I want to say that I absolutely believe that this book should still be included in school curriculum. The only thing 'new' about it is that pages and passages were added. Nothing was taken out and the translation was not changed. Reports that the book is so different that it's nothing like the original are false. Reports that the story is different are false. There is no reason for the edited version to still be used because children read Anne Frank's diary around ages 11-14 years old which was around age when Anne herself was writing the diary. Anything that could be seen as supposedly "inappropriate" can be seen on daytime television with a PG or maybe PG-13 rating. Especially these days, there's definitely nothing in there that is beyond the norm for the average tween-teen. I think that continuing to use an edited version is insulting to Anne Frank's memory. Not only that, but it provides valuable information about the time period and gives more relateability to the diary. The passages which are included in the new version are not anything that the average 8-12 year old girl does not already know about her own body and the "birds and the bees", and are so few and short that they comprise a tiny percentage of the work itself. The romance between herself and Peter is very chaste and nothing untoward happens in the story. (Spoiler: they hold hands and a kiss a few times. that's it.) The passages that some see as inappropriate are not at all titillating, a medical textbook is more erotic. Coming from a mom's point of view, I would definitely allow my daughter to read the unedited book. I think this should stay on school book lists because some kids these days see the Holocaust as something that happened a long time ago that is meaningless now, without realizing that genocides and racial motivated violence still happens every day. I think it seems to them like just another thing they have to learn about along with The Hundred Years War and the Crusades. Anne Frank's diary gives kids perspective and helps makes the tragic loss of life during WWII a tangible thing they can understand. The diary is so relate-able and reflects so many feelings that all teens have had, that she becomes three dimensional to them and no longer a just some person that died a long time ago. This sensitivity towards the loss of a life is what we need now in the times we live in. As we read the diary we see how much potential was lost not only in Anne but in her entire family. Anne Frank was an intelligent and well-read young woman who studied multiple languages and had an analytical mind. I believe we lost a shining beacon of women's intelligence when she died. She was an emerging feminist, activist, and writer! I think she would have been an amazing woman who would have gone on to do great things. All that potential was lost millions of times over during WWII, and this is what we feel deep in our hearts upon closing the book. Most of the book is about the privations and hardship of living hidden away in the "annex". There is very little coverage of the violence of the times or much that is going on in the outside world because they had little knowledge of it since they were hidden. I think this is partly why some schoolchildren report the diary is boring. It does get repetitive at times, which reflects the feelings of those living in hiding. They had to wait and wait in fear, not knowing what the next day would bring. There are many self-reflective passages where Anne laments being picked on by the adults in the annex, wondering if she will live up to the expectations they have for her, hoping she can reach her goals. There is a thread of hope apparent even in her most depressing writings. I think these are the parts I think teens find most relate-able because all teens want to achieve things, please their parents, and find hope in their moments of despair. Toward the end of the diary we see just how difficult things have become for the family which is not always accurately represented in the movie versions of the diary. They were starving, never full at meals, and having to exist off moldy and tasteless food. There was one bathroom for eight people and at times the toilet could not be flushed. They had threadbare, holey clothing which was too small. The cat used the bathroom wherever it wanted towards the end, and their helpers came less and less frequently as circumstances got worse and worse. Their conditions deteriorated in ways that children living in the comfort of the 21st century could never imagine. It's so important for kids to read about these conditions and contrast them with their own in order to not only feel grateful but to feel sympathy for those who lived in these terrible times. The Kindle version had fairly large print and worked just fine on my phone and tablet with no issues. The new version has a new introduction and I believe the epilogue has changed a bit as well. I enjoyed the footnotes feature which allows you to touch the number which takes you to the footnotes page, then when you touch the number again it takes you back to the page you were originally on. I had no problems purchasing or downloading. If you want to know more about what happened to Anne Frank after the diary, there is a book called "The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank" by Willy Lindwer which includes stories from people who met her in the camps."
  • Janet Wood
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Still, what does that matter? I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart." Anne Frank The Diary of Anne Frank is the story of a 13=year-old Jewish girl and her family who are forced into hiding by the Nazis during World War II."
  • Vivaan Sarin
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is a book that everyone should read. It's always on the lists of the top nonfiction books to read. "
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  • Jessica Burns
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Anne Frank's diary is the most popular memoir to come out of the Nazi holocaust. It's real and unedited, and tells the true feelings of a girl living through that tormenting time. It's a required reading for high school children and should be for every single person. "
  • Brian Marshall
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If you read any books in your life, this one has to be on the list. The fear that is written on these pages as this young girl lives in fear of being caught each and every single day is something that I can not imagine. This is truly one of the most influential books in history. This book serves as a constant reminder what happens when racism is truly allowed to run rampart."
  • Ralph Thompson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a must read for anyone in the world. "
  • César Amador
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book is an a absolute classic. If someone wants to get into the classics, this would be the book to start. An enthralling book that I could not put down"
    Hannah Alvarado
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book is a classic and when thinking about books that begin with an A this is what comes to mind first. It is a must read for everyone."
  • Billy Rogers
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "When it comes to the best of the best young adult books that were written by teenage authors, it's hard to top Anne Frank and her diary. Even if you know the 'ending,' it is an amazing book. "
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  • Betty Adams
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is one of my all time favorite World War II memoirs. From being assigned to reading it in school to rereading it a few times as an adult, the story is always captivating and engrossing. Definitely recommend if you haven't had a chance to read yet."
  • Catalina Hurtado
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The Diary of a Young Girl is a book by Anne Frank published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the the German occupied Netherlands. This is a well known book that you is interesting and enjoyable to read. "
  • Elvira Arriaga
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "A sad book, truly, but a fascinating look into history. It's not your typical account of what the Holocaust was, it's quite a personal one, and I think that really enriches the experience of reading this book."
  • Jack Sanders
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I tried to read Anne Frank's diary, but I thought that it was just depressing. The diary is obviously important as a historical document, but as a book compiled to be read by an audience it is both tedious and a big bummer."
  • Albert Phillips
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I don't understand what this has to do with Jodi Picoult at all. It's definitely not written by her. I'd look elsewhere for this topic."
  • Aaron Reed
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I found The Diary of Anne Frank to be extremely moving. It was heartbreaking to read and identify with someone my own age, who had to go through such a different and terrible experience. Every kid should read this!"
  • Pranav Patel
    Written on May 1, 2018
  • Michael Clark
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is the perfect way to introduce children to a human element of the Holocaust. Through her writings, Holocaust victims such as herself are transformed from numbers to living breathing people we can relate to."
  • Jeremy Hudson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "If you are a fan of history books and books that are filled with drama then this is a must read. I have read lots of different books on the Holocaust and this is easily one of my favorites. The book is so interesting and so captivating, I never once wanted to put it down. I think this book really explains the horrors of the time period and that is a must read to understand what went on this world not so long ago. "
  • Aadhya Vyas
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "When I was a kid, I read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and agree with everyone that acclaimed it as one of the best books of non-fiction. I have read it multiple times since I first read it and everytime it gets me thinking. This was just a young girl! It is a great story to learn from."
    Moisés Peña
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl is the most famous memoir ever written. There's simply no excuse not to read this important and valuable book."
  • Carl Ramos
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.This is a good story "
  • Esteban Contreras
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "i consider the one of the best must read true stories"
  • Ronald Santos
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "You can't go wrong with this. If you did not read this in school, you need to read it now. Similarity between what Anne went though in Nazi Germany and what happens today in a variety of Middle Eastern counties. "
  • Billy Coleman
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Still, what does that matter? I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart." Anne Frank The Diary of Anne Frank is the story of a 13=year-old Jewish girl and her family who are forced into hiding by the Nazis during World War II."
  • Vibhore Khan
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my 15 year old twin daughters. I was looking for something exciting and magical to share with them while they read to themselves at night. I found this amazing but emotionally sad non-fiction book called "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" which is a philosophical and existential autobiography of a young girl who is being hunted down by Nazis. This sad philosophical treatise explores a wide range of social issues that revolves around consequences, fear, and the transformative nature of the human mind. My daughters are absolutely empathetic towards the plight of victims of war after reading this diary of Anne Frank."
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  • Cheryl Young
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "There are tons of books mentioned in the Gilmore Girl series from new to old and complete works of fiction to autobiographical. I've read quite a few mentioned in the show, but one of the greatest will always be this book. I remember reading it in my early teens and it has stuck with me since."
  • Nicole Johnson
    Written on May 10, 2018
  • Pranav Nair
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This book tells Anne Frank's own diary as she and her family lie hidden away to hide from the Nazis that have invaded her home. As it is her account as things happened, you can get her feelings as those horrifying events happened. It is a must read!"
  • Bryan Brewer
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Classic reading that everyone should be required to read. It tells the story of hiding in a basement in the Netherlands while the Germans were looking for Jewish people. Heartfelt, warm, and scary. Such a touching story. "
  • Patricia Amador
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is a classic everyone should read. It is a tragic story of a young girl and her family. I read it every few years."
  • Zachary Newman
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "If you are looking for a book about nazi germany, check out Anne Frank : Diary of a Young Girl. It will teach you the history of Anne Frank and what she went through."
    Joan Fields
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Interesting book and definitely one for the ages that everyone should be forced to read in middle school."
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  • Hemant Rathore
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book was very frightening to read to me, because Anne Frank ended up dying due to Nazis. Nonetheless, the book was very griping because it gave such great detail in describing what it was like to be living in a time where you were being pursued by Nazis. As I read this book I hoped the story would end up different, but I knew the outcome would be Anne Frank's death. As I read through the book I kept imagining how people were willing to harm others in such a despicable manner. I had to stop reading the book a couple of times because these thoughts were starting to become really negative, but after I calmed down I continued to read. The book was great because it was sort of like a time capsule to another time, but it was really sad. It made me appreciate my life more and the freedom I have been given and it will do the same for others who read it."
  • Larry Kelly
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I have read lots of books about the holocaust for teens and young adults and I can see that I will place this book by Anne Frank among the best. The book is about a 13 year-old jewish girl and her family who because of the rise of the Nazis were forced into hiding. It is masterly written and compelling. It shows that good can still triumph over evil even when the odds are overwhelming. "
  • Anonymous
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "This is a very educational resource for a teenager......... It's very important to know our history and the mistakes of human mankind. it's a diary, it's very easy to read, so I highly recommend it.."
  • Willie Evans
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "While reading this book, I felt for Anne. I knew that if she was captured, her and her family would've been put into the gas chambers. The book showed me things that I didn't learn about in school."
  • Victoria Brooks
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is more relevant than ever and this edition is about as fine as it gets. Full original translation and no editing, this edition should be essential reading for everyone. I was transfixed and engrossed through the last page. Even for those who read this biography as a young student, this book should go back on the to-do list. In a time where authoritarian regimes disguise themselves as politics-as-normal and the pervasive bigotry and corruption creeps ever closer to full-scale tyrannical takeover, this book serves as a stark reminder of what happens to those left behind. Still, even in the worst and most tragic circumstances a small flame of hope still burns and we should all remember that spark of Anne's and rage, rage against the dying of the light. "
  • Samuel Hernandez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Diary of Anne Frank is not a cheery book, but it is an important one. I have been pretty upset with some of the assigned reading that my kid has had in school recently. I'm pleased that they at least have the sense to keep this in the curriculum. This book is a great way to teach people just some of what life was like for those persecuted in WWII."
  • Edward Tran
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "It had been such a long time since I last read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and I am not sure what inspired me to pick it up again so much later in life but I am certainly glad I did. I was heartened by Anne's insights into life while at the same time reminded that the conditions she faced seem unfathomable to children of the modern world."
  • Pamela Hayes
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "While hiding from the Nazi's, Anne Frank captures the essence of fear, trauma and loneliness surrounding this young girl's life. She engages the reader to safely experience this period of time with her. You will feel the essence of challenges of of the strength of her fortitude. You will take away with you her timeless energy which has been reduced to powerful words and left to be shared. "
    Virginia Rosales
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "It's a shame this book is listed under fiction, because it's really important everyone knows this timeless piece is real. A must read."
  • Lori Burns
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I remember reading this as a little girl. Her thoughts and horrors seamed unbearable then. Today as an adult I can appreciate the troubles of the rest of the family as well as Anne."
  • Gabriela Garza
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I think this book fits into this topic category good. I feel that you will find this book to be inspiring, and tear jerking horror stories of the concentration camps and what Anne Franks and her family went through during this horrific WWII Holocaust tragedy."
  • Douglas Armstrong
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is powerful. It shows the horrors of World War 2. I could not put it down."
  • Jacqueline Reed
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If you haven't read this book before now, you really should add it to your reading experiences. I pick it up from time to time. Real accounts of history grab me every time, this one especially because it is told by a young girl dealing with the atrocities of the Nazis. I can't even imagine, except through the eyes of this young girl. Out of respect for Anne, I decided to write a recommendation for her book. I highly recommend it."
  • Scott Moore
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is an interesting first-person account not only of a Jewish person hiding in the Netherlands, but of World War II in general. Anne Frank is a good writer, and you really capture the humanity of what she is describing. She does not hide her contempt for the Nazis but at the same time shows that people can be good as well. A recommended read."
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  • Randy Miller
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was a hard but good read. It is very powerful. I found it to be highly emotional. "
  • Raymond Campbell
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I like my religion, I've been a devout christian for years, but there is only so many times I can read the bible and not be bored of it. I decided to look into other literature for Christians and ran into this. It's a nice book but I'm not sure how christian it is. It Follows Anne Frank during WW2, a very familiar story to most. While I did enjoy reading it, It didn't make me feel closer to my religion."
  • Hannah Curtis
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Finding the best books with Nazi character is not easy, considering there are a lot of books for this historical period, However, I recently read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. This book is an excellent historical tale about a young girl who kept a diary while hiding away from the Nazis. I believe this book is incredibly moving and the best book with Nazi characters."