The Diary of A Young Girl
The Definitive EditionBook - 1991
In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.
Praise for The Diary of a Young Girl
"A truly remarkable book." -- The New York Times
"One of the most moving personal documents to come out of World War II." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl, a testament to an indestructible nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil." -- Chicago Tribune
"The single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust . . . remains astonishing and excruciating." -- The New York Times Book Review
"How brilliantly Anne Frank captures the self-conscious alienation and naïve self-absorption of adolescence." -- Newsday
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I simply can’t imagine the world will ever be normal again for us. I do talk about “after the war”, but it’s as if I were talking about a castle in the air, something that can never come true.
“I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”
It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
"At such moments I don't think about all the misery, but about the beauty that still remains..."
What's done cannot be undone, but at least you can keep it from happening again. - Anne Frank
"The best remedy for those who are frightenend, lonely or unhappy is to go outisde, somewhere they can be alone with the sky, nature and God. For then and only then can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature's beauty and simplicity...as long as this exists, I know there will be solace for every sorrow. - Anne Frank
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