The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank was for long on my list of books to read and I’m happy I read it now. There are three main versions of the Diary, Version A, as originally written by Anne Frank; Version B, as edited by Anne Frank herself; and Version C, as edited and abridged by her father Otto Frank. I read version B. As you might know, in the summer of 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse.
Anne was 13 at that time and started writing a diary. She was in hiding with her sister and her parents, another family of 3 joined them, and another man afterwards. All but her father died in the Holocaust. The diary is filled with struggles of an adolescent who is sometimes bickering with the others, only natural considering they lived so long in confinement. Also shows a wonderful side of her, profound beyond her years.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

I’m adding a few snippets from the diary, written as if she was talking to a friend, Dearest Kitty, not in chronological order:

‘Mr Bolkestein… said that after the war a collection would be made of diaries and letters dealing with the war. … Just imagine how interesting it would be if I were to publish a novel about the Secret Annexe.’

‘All we can do is wait, as calmly as possible, for it to end.’ [the war]

‘It’s also easier to whisper your feelings than to shout them from the rooftops.’

‘That’s how every act of carelessness begins and ends. No one will notice, no one will hear, no one will pay the least bit of attention. Easy to say, but is it true?’

‘I’m looking in every newspaper, book and document I can find for the family trees of the French, German, Spanish, English, Austrian, Russian, Norwegian and Dutch royal families. I’ve made great progress with many of them, because for a long time I’ve been taking notes while reading biographies or history books. I even copy out many of the passages on history.’

‘Peter added, “The Jews have been and always will be the chosen people!”
I answered, “Just this once, I hope they’ll be chosen for something good!” ‘

‘I don’t believe the war is simply the work of politicians and capitalists. Oh no, the common man is every bit as guilty; otherwise, people and nations would have rebelled long ago! There’s a destructive urge in people, the urge to rage, murder and kill. And until all of humanity, without exception, undergoes a metamorphosis, wars will continue to be waged, and everything that has been carefully built up, cultivated and grown will be cut down and destroyed, only to start all over again!’

‘If mothers don’t tell their children everything, they hear it in bits and pieces, and that can’t be right.’

‘The British, despite their bluff, are certainly no more to blame for the war than all the other countries, large and small, that are now occupied by the Germans. The British are not about to offer their excuses; true, they were sleeping during the years Germany was rearming itself, but all the other countries, especially those bordering on Germany, were asleep too. Britain and the rest of the world have discovered that burying your head in the sand doesn’t work, and now each of them, especially Britain, is having to pay a heavy price for its ostrich policy.’

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Penguin
Year it was published: 2012 (first published in 1947)
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Memoir
Pages: 351

About the author: Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank was a Jewish girl born in the city of Frankfurt, Germany. Her father moved to the Netherlands in 1933 and the rest of the family followed later. Anne was the last of the family to come to the Netherlands, in February 1934. She wrote a diary while in hiding with her family and four friends in Amsterdam during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.
She lived in Amsterdam with her parents and sister. During the Holocaust, Anne and her family hid in the attic of her father’s office to escape the Nazis. It was during that time period that she had recorded her life in her diary.
Anne died in Bergen-Belsen, in February 1945, at the age of 15.
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6 thoughts on “The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank”

  • Reading about Anne Frank has intrigued me since I first read this at the age of 12. I’ve read the diary over and over in different versions, have numerous news clips about the Franks saved and Melissa Mueller’s terrific biography of Anne and her family and others from the Annex. I just finished the fascinating book, “The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation” by Rosemary Sullivan and I highly recommend it. They seem to believe (not without controversy that came out after the book was published) that they have determined the name of the person who betrayed the family. Even Muller, who had a different point of view when she wrote her biography, later said she had second thoughts on her choice. The methodology was remarkably scientific and the investigation too five years. I think you would find it very interesting.
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  • Like Kelly, I haven’t read this book since I was a teenager and I don’t know which edition it would have been either. However the book would fit in quite nicely with the series I am reading the final instalment of right now, so I might even revisit Anne Frank’s Diary at some point in the not too distant future. I liked the quotes which you chose from the book, and I have to conclude that the last one is so very eerily relevant to present day events in The Ukraine ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • You are right, the last one is relevant to Ukraine. She wrote about Britain, now is all the west. I also think the quote on “politicians and capitalists” is relevant too, as we too were happy to go on with our lives as if everything was ok, keep buying from China despite what they are doing in their country, keep organizing sporting events in those countries, still buying Russian oil&gas, still selling to them. Now we are living with the consequences.

  • I was a teenager when I read this book and have no idea which version I read. It’s one that I should probably read again at some point. I know I would see it differently through adult eyes.
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    • I think it is worth reading again, as an adult. I reserved a newly published book, The Betrayal of Anne Frank, so I read her diary before the book is available.

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