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Diary of Anne Frank [Paperback]

Frances Goodrich

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Jun 1993
This is an expanded, definitive, annotated text of Anne Frank's famous diaries.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt am Maine in Germany in 1929. She is the author of The Diary of a Young Girl, which tells the remarkable true-story of a young, Jewish girl against the backdrop of the horrors of the Second World War. Adolescent preoccupations and emotions are recorded alongside the growing powers of the Nazis and their imposition of Anti-Jewish Laws to create a compelling, poignant insight into family life under Nazi rule.

Anne Frank moved to Holland with her family when the Nazis became powerful in Germany. The Nazis believed that some races, such as Jews and gypsies did not deserve the right to live and they started to arrest, transport and kill them. Afraid for their lives, Anne and her family went into hiding. During the terrible time in hiding, Anne was growing from a young girl into a woman and she recorded her thoughts and experiences in a diary: the constant fear of discovery, the conflicts with her mother, her emerging sexuality, and her hopes for the future. As the diary progresses, Anne's childish innocence is replaced by premature wisdom and reflection; she not only expresses her concerns with their personal sufferings but also political events unfolding far from their hiding place. The family hid in the Secret Annexe at the back of a warehouse from July 1942, but ultimately the work of their protectors was undermined by the actions of Nazi collaborators and spies. In August 1944, they were discovered and taken to concentration camps.

Anne died of typhus in 1945, imprisoned at Bergen-Belsen, just a few months before her sixteenth birthday. Her diary, written between 12 June 1942 and 1 August 1944, was found after the war and later published by her father Otto H. Frank, the only surviving member of the family. It has become a bestseller throughout the world and is an extraordinary piece of writing from such a young girl, detailing her emotional transformation from childhood to adolescence and reminding us of the horror of prejudice and persecution.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne's message enhanced 16 Jan 2000
By Robbie Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
"The Diary of Anne Frank: The Critical Edition" is a wonderful chronicle on the life and writings of that perky Dutch teenager. Now in my late thirties, I first read her diary at thirteen. I was just a frisky Australian schoolboy trying to learn more about the mysterious world of girls. That first read, though, put me in tears. The diary enchanted me and I wanted to know more about Anne, her family, and those fatal frosted footsteps beyond the Secret Annex.
In time, I would learn more, much more. As the "The Critical Edition" shows there is in fact not one diary but several as Anne rethought and revised her own work. "The Critical Edition" places the various revisions side by side so readers can gain an insight into how Anne constructed her work. There is genius in Anne's work but it didn't always come in the first draft. As inspiration to us mortals, she too, had to work at it.
"The Critical Edition" has an especially fascinating account of the publishing history of the diary. Anne's father was the key to publication and it would be some time before he could come to terms with Anne's incredibly honest account of her developing sexuality and those raw comments on her mother, Edith. Publication also came at a time when people's minds were barely coping with understanding World War II and its legacy. For the first time, "The Critical Edition" highlights the difficulties with translating Anne's diary into German and how, for some, it had come too soon and too fast after the great conflict. Yet, for others, the diary was too good to be the work of - in Anne's words - an "incurable chatterbox". Again, this scholarly (and lengthy) work reveals the outcome of analysis that proves the diary's authenticity.
For the reader there is the danger that the light shed on Anne's life and work by this book will lower her from the enormous pedestal she has arisen. In fact, Anne's spirit emerges even stronger. "The Diary of Anne Frank: the Critical Edition" enhances Anne's irrevocable message that freedom and good can reign over a corrupt and evil world.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone interested in Anne Frank 26 Nov 1999
By Michael K. Halloran - Published on Amazon.com
This edition of the famous diary of Anne Frank is unlike any other. Subtitled "The Critical Edition" it includes not only the published version in the translation by Mrs. B. M. Mooyaart-Doubleday, but also everything that was withheld -- at the request of Anne's father -- from the original published version.
While in hiding, Anne heard on a radio broadcast that after the war the Dutch government wanted to collect memoirs and diaries of citizens' wartime experiences. Anne decided to start a revision of her diary, clarifying certain passages and adding in more detail, while deleting items that she deemed unimportant or too personal (Anne wrote very candidly about her own sexuality). The critical edition of her diary includes Anne's first diary, her revisions, and the final, published version.
In addition, this volume contains exhaustively researched sections on the arrest and betrayal of the members of the "Secret Annex," the publishing history of the diary, an account of the creation of the play version, a chronicle of the attacks made on the diary's authenticity, and an incredibly meticulous handwriting analysis comparing letters known to have been written by Anne with excerpts from the diary itself.
I first read "The Diary of Anne Frank" when I was thirteen years old. I reread it about every three or four years and it speaks to me on a new level every time. It has become my all-time favorite book. With this beautiful edition, I am once again disovering this amazing document and this remarkable child.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book... 10 April 2000
By Andrew LeRoy - Published on Amazon.com
I read the Diary of Anne Frank when I was nine or ten years old. I liked it then, but I understood little of what was happening, and what she was saying. When I was fourteen, I went to Holland, and saw the house where she, her family, and the Van Daans had been in hiding. I bought the Diary there, and read it before the remainder of my trip was out. (I was in Europe for ten days) I was amazed at how she often felt the same things I did. I was also amazed at how well she could write. As an aspiring writer, I was enthralled with her devotion to detail, and reality, but at the same time I loved how she poured out her soul to the diary. Now, at the ripe old age of sixteen, I hold Anne Frank up as a writer to be respected and admired. I also wonder sometimes why it is that I am allowed to live to sixteen, and she was not. But I don't think her diary would have affected the world as much had she survived the camps. I think all of us after reading this diary will carry a little piece of the girl we know as Anne Frank with us forever.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Frank: An INTERESTING Person 13 July 2002
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
I really didnt know much about Anne Frank and the Holocaust until my seventh grade year. But once i learned about it i developed an interest in it. It was a sad SAD thing to study but it is life which i want to learn more about and it is history which i love to study. Anne Frank was the most interesting person that i studied about in the Holocaust. Read the book and find out just how interesting she was!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Diary of Anne Frank: The Critical Edition is the best! 3 Oct 2001
By Christodoulos P. Antoniou - Published on Amazon.com
I love this book, because it make me understand that all three versions of the diary that know Anne wrote her original diaries,two notebooks and 324 loose sheet while she was hiding.
Anne did write alot about her friends, sexual feeelings, and fighting between her and her mother. The second one is missing,so she did finish the rewrite on loose sheet which is version B that the dated from December 7, 1942 to December 22, 1943. The last page of the rewrite on loose sheet on March 29,1994 about listening the radio broadcasting the Duth Exile from london that collected the daries and letters that people want to read then after the war. Anne did all the rewrite, but she never finished sadly, on August 4, 1944 the day of the arrest the nazi interupted her. She is a great writer of all times. I'm very obessed Anne Frank, because she is so smart!.
Anyone want to about Anne's life was Melissa Muller's Biography "Anne Frank" This is a great book!
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