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January 11, 2023

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars

Publisher - FingerPrint
Genre - Classic/Memoir
Publishing year - 1947
Language - English
ISBN - 978-81-7234-519-8
Pages - 280

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Book Review - 

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is a powerful and moving historical document that provides a glimpse into the life of a Jewish girl living in Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II. 

Written over two years, from 1942 to 1944, the diary gives a first-hand account of the struggles and fears of the Frank family and their companions as they lived in hiding in The Secret Annex (a name given by Anne) of a warehouse in Amsterdam.

One of the most striking things about the diary is the way it documents the change in Anne's behavior and emotions over time. In the beginning, she is a typical teenager, full of hope and optimism, but as the years pass, her tone becomes increasingly bitter and despairing. This is a clear reflection of the harsh realities of life in hiding and the constant fear of discovery.

The other people living with the Frank family in the Annex included the Van Pels family - Hermann, Auguste, and their son Peter, who were also Jewish, and the dentist Fritz Pfeffer. They also have a cat named Mouschi, and he comes with a whole set of issues. 

The dynamic between the families was often tense, with Anne and Fritz particularly clashing, or Anne's conflicts with her parents Otto and Edith, and sister Margot. Despite these difficulties, they all managed to survive together for over two years, which is a testament to their resilience and determination. 

It is impossible to know what would have happened if Annelies Marie Frank had lived, she was only 15 years old when the Nazis discovered the Annex and arrested the inhabitants on August 4, 1944. 

Anne and her sister Margot were sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where they were later transferred to Bergen-Belsen. They both died of typhus, Margot in February and Anne on March 1945, just a few weeks before the camp was liberated by the British 11th Armoured Division.

It is a heart-wrenching record, the loss suffered by Jews is unredeemable. It is also a sobering reminder of the atrocities of the Holocaust and the human cost of war and persecution. It serves as a powerful reminder that in times of darkness, there is always hope and resilience.

Although it took me some time to fully immerse myself in the book, it was well worth the investment for me as a reader. If you are willing to engage with a personal and thought-provoking composition, then this book is definitely worth picking up.

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