The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank – Book Review


Anne Frank was a Jewish teenager who wrote a diary about her time in hiding during the Second World War. “The Diary of a Young Girl” is the diary written by this young girl from 14 June, 1942 to 1 August, 1944. Throughout the diary, she has talked about what it was like to be a Jew in the war; and to constantly be in fear while in hiding. Through her diary, she tells us the violence and cruelty of war times and sufferings of people. The entire scenario was described in such a vivid manner full of emotions that one can visualise her life with one’s own eyes.

The diary also talks about how she changed as a person during the two years of hiding. Anne Frank was only fifteen when she died in a concentration camp in Germany.

Till the Second World War Anne Frank, who belonged to a Jewish family, enjoyed her life like any other girl. But, when Germany invaded Holland, her father, Otto Frank, moved his family into hiding. Anne has described the happenings in hiding for 25 months in this diary.

In August 1944 their hiding place was discovered by the Gestapo, German Secret Police. All the eight members in the hiding were sent to concentration camps in Germany where all, except Otto Frank, died in the hands of Nazis. Anne Frank started her diary when she was 13 and died at the age of 15.

After the war, Otto Frank discovered Anne’s diary and got it published.  The book is the 13 year old’s personal diary wherein she has written about her daily experiences in the hiding from 14th June, 1942 till 1st August, 1944 a few days before she was discovered by the Gestapo.

At the beginning of her diary, Anne seems quite unaware of the dangers and risks of the War and she talks about her family, friends and her everyday life and also about the changes taking place around her during World War II. However nearer to the middle and the end, her writing is more and more about her observations of others as well so you can get a good insight as to what everything is really like. Near the end the diary reveals Anne’s innermost thoughts, feelings, frustrations and ideas. The book also reveals how she grew as a person within these two years. She was more worried about how to make herself a better person rather being get frightened by the happenings around her.

Book Review:

Throughout the book Anne tries to keep her spirits up by occupying herself in such constructive activities as her limited means will allow amidst these bleak circumstances. She dreams of a bright, happy future and prepares herself for it. In those dark days, she wrote of hope; of how she wanted to be a writer; of how she would never be just another housewife; of how she will treat and bring up her children.  She mentions of love and the time she will be able to see the sun and moon and enjoy the beauty of nature again as it is something which nobody can deny her. There’s always a bit of writing in almost every entry about after the war and what she would like to do. In one of the last entries, she writes about the hope that the war may soon end and she might be able to go to school in October, 1945. It is very disheartening learning the fact that she thought she was going to live and she had it all planned out but instead she was heartlessly slaughtered.

The Diary of a Young Girl is full of thoughts and expressions of a young, ordinary Jewish girl living in extraordinary conditions. The book holds a major place amongst the great works of world literature and is a must read for all.

It is a very inspirational and moving journal which touches the heart of every reader. After reading the book one gets to learn a lot about what really happened during World War II when millions of innocent people died at the hands of biased obsession. Reading this really took me back to 1944 and put me right there in the Secret Annex with its residents, holding my breath as Nazi troops passed by on the streets below.

The wisdom I gained will remain with me forever. It brought a new perspective on the war and all that she wrote about and I deeply wish I could have helped her to live. Now I see the Holocaust as something more than a tragedy: it seems more real, more horrific, and somehow bigger and worse than I had imagined.

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