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am 4. Juni 1998
The Diary of Anne Frank is of a girl who is struggling through her childhood in the Holocaust with only her diary - Kitty as her friend througout. A regular girl who loves a boy, who is shy and who wishes for a life without the Nazis. This is a touching book that holds a love story, history and the life of a young girl. Perhaps one of the best books ever written. Once I had picked up the book, I couldn't put it down. You wouldn't believe the story that one book tells about a life of a girl and the six people she lived with in hiding. Hiding from those that wanted to take her away from everything she knew. This book sends you a strong message about how we made a mistake in our lives and this young girl, no older then 14, was forced to suffer with her family in this ordeal. Within all this opens a love story. A young boy who touches her heart and forces her to open up from her shiness. Peter, a boy who comes from a completely different world from Anne doesn't know what to do with his life and yet Anne, a girl who has her entire future in her mind. Her world is so evident and her future is paved out for her and yet this young girl's mind is set on a future with this young man. The events around her force her to become mature and think as an adult when she is only a child. This book was very well written and a fantastic story that one can not surpass. Enjoy it as much as I did!
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am 19. August 1999
We live in a society where we can walk, talk and think without persecution. Anne Frank didn't have that. At the age of thirteen she had to leave her home and friends to hide in the "Secret Annexe". For two years she lived in a few small rooms with her family and another family. She had no girl friends her age to talk to, no TV to watch, no computer to play on, and couldn't even go outside! Not only that, she lived in constant fear of being discovered by the Nazis. Yet all through this time she remained cheerful, unselfish and fully deserving of a better life. As you most likely know, her life was tragically cut short when she died at Belsen at the hands of the Nazis in March of 1945, two months before Belsen was liberated. Anne Frank was light in a dark, bitter world and I think we should all try to be like her, more cheerful, unselfish and deserving of the wonderful freedom we have. And one more thing, "Go outside, to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine, go out and try to recapture happiness in yourself and in God. Think of all the beauty that's still left in and around you and be happy!.....Whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery!--Anne Frank"
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am 28. Juli 1997
I have just finished reading both versions of The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank, the first edition, which was heavily edited by her father and the Definitive Edition which returns many of the passages he left out.

Since we are rating the Definitive Edition specifically, I rate it 8. The first edition of this book as 9. These rating are based on the translations of the original German text. A 10 not possible. Translations of any language not native to the writer are always subject to the translator's views and translation abilities.

Unless one reads the original manuscript in German and can understand the German of the time the diary was written they therefore must rely on the translator to convey the story adequately.

Much of the Definitive Edition was loaded with contemporary idioms which may or may not be accurate in translation. And while the Definitive Edition does bring to light information about their situation which was not
in the first, I found it tedious to read some passages over and over again. All diaries have repetition since people are repetitious but the original editing helped to keep some of that to a minimum.

I am not sure why Otto Frank felt compelled to suppress some of the statisical information that Anne reported, though I can understand the
suppression of some of the sexually explicit comments Anne makes, given the time the first edition was published (in the late fifties). The only thing I can think of is that the first edition may have been slanted to an age
group of readers similar in age to Anne Frank when she wrote the diary.

Even the vocabulary of the Definitive Edition is quite a bit higher educationally than I would suspect Anne Frank of having used.

Reading the Definitive Edition only served to confuse the reader as to what was in her original diary and what was her later modified version meant for publication by Anne herself and what the translator thought was the appropriate translation.

This book was supposed to be referencing a real historical document, Anne Frank's personal diary. It lacked the appropriate footnotes to help the
reader follow the changes made in translation and or the differences between the various versions, whether it was Anne's original diary, her own
modified version, Otto Frank's version or this version.

This particular version is an appropriate translation if the reader is only using the book as a story telling device, but it is sadly lacking in regard to its possible use as a document for use in a historical capacity.

A better book for historical documentation is:

The Diary of Anne Frank : The Critical Edition

by Anne Frank, David Barnouw, Gerrold Van Der Stroom

IBN: 0385240236
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am 2. April 1998
This book starts as Anne at the age of 14. She recieves a diary for her birthday. She names this diary Kitty. She shares her most secret thoughts with it. During World War II the Frank's are forced to go into hiding. They live in Anne's dad's office building. They have the door hidden as a bookself. They reffer to this hidding place as the "secret annex". They have other people living with them. As she spend more and more time sitting by herself she spends less and less time living her live. She begins to have feelings for Peter Van Daan. He is living in the annex with them. They talk, share sercets, and regrets. As the end of the war gets nearer, they are forced not to move, breathe or go to the bathroom so they don't get caught. Someone told the officals of Germany that their were people hidding in the "secret annex". The officals find them and take them to camps. All the people in the Franks family die, but Otto (her dad) lives. When Otto goes back to the annex to gather his belongings that are their, he stumbles upon Anne's dairy. He decides to publish only peices of it. About 30 years later he is persuded to publish the whole thing. I think this book was very interesting, sad, and it makes you think. When Anne tells us what her culture had to go through it makes us think, what if that happens again. If that were to happen again it would show that the wolrd has learned nothing from the Jews and Hitler. Hitler killed many jews. This book and other books published about the Holocuast. This is my opinion on the book Anne Frank the diary of a young girl.
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am 17. November 1999
Anne Frank The diary of a Young Girl, I found was an interesting book, though I didn't find it having too much insight on the war. Bits and pieces were written about the war but basically her whole diary was about her and sometimes about her family. Which I do understand that usually a diary is written about you, your feelings and beliefs. From that point of view, I found that she had tremendous writing skills. I love the way she is so descriptive in describing her family, the Secret Annexe, and everything else that happens in her abnormal life. The little bit that she speaks of things happening in the world outside of the Secret Annexe, is extremely full of insight and feeling. Anne has a great way with words; she has skill and knows how to express herself. "The world has turned topsy-turvy, respectable people are being sent off to concentration camps, prisons, and lonely cells and the dregs that remain govern young and old rich and poor."(page 138 ) I thought this quote was a really well thought out piece of Anne, she felt very passionate about her writing and I believe that every word written down by her hand into her diary of dreams and thoughts, came straight from the heart. When I began reading the book, I tried putting myself in her position, to feel how she felt. When I did that is when I really began to understand her. I could now actually see the Secret Annexe. "Again and again I ask myself would it not have been better for us all if we had not gone into hiding, and if we were dead now and not going through all this misery, especially as we shouldn't be running our protectors into danger any more."(page 93 ) I can really comprehend with she feels, not because I have felt anything like that but because of the way she writes it. The feelings show so clearly. I learnt a great deal about the holocaust that I didn't know before, when I began researching for my presentation part of the project. I was horrified, disgusting and revolted by what I seen and read. It is so hard to believe that anything so horrifying and vile could possibly happen. And it is just mind boggling to wonder how it could happen and who could have done it all. To think that over 6 million Jews were killed in such horrid ways and the people that did it have little or no remorse. Through Anne was going through all this stuff she seemed to look above it and keep her hopes and spirits floating. For this reason and many more I adore Anne Frank and think that her and her family were brave and strong through those long awful nights that turned into weeks then to months. The book, I feel helped me make a great deal of understanding for how someone felt who was going through what we could only have nightmares of. Despite the fact that she had no idea millions of people would be reading her diary and knowing her most inner feelings made the book seem so much more innocent and free. She wrote entries in her diary through the most awful times of her short-lived life only for the satisfaction of herself. I would rate this book 8 out of 10.If someone is interested in the holocaust and wants to understand who it affected the Jews and to know exactly want they felt.
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am 23. Januar 2000
I am just a mere speck on a human tapestry moved and saddened by the Diary of Anne Frank. It's just a book you say. Tell that to the millions who have read the diary. Tell that to those who have seen the stage play, the movies, the documentaries, and the World Wide Web pages. Tell that to the Japanese schoolgirl who said her heart danced in the Secret Annex. Tell that to me who, for almost three decades, has pondered the riddle of emotion that Anne's diary calls forth. A code I have never been able to crack.
Anne started writing her diary, the same age I began reading it. I was just thirteen and had chosen the diary as part of a year eight reading course. I still have my relic, a Pan edition version of the publisher's 30th printing of the diary in 1974. It bears markings of many readings: starched yellow pages, corners bent, a dusty old library smell reflecting its ancient mid-seventies origin. I don't know why I chose her story. I had never heard of Anne Frank, never heard of her diary, never heard of 263 Prinsengracht, the Frank family-hiding place - Anne's "Secret Annex" - in war weary Amsterdam. But for whatever reason, not long after the moon left its dust on Armstrong, Anne Frank left her mark on me.
I went to Amsterdam once where all I could think about was Anne. As I made my way to 263 Prinsengracht, I half expected to see her, a blurry pink blush peddling past on her bicycle, or skating over some canal's wintry surface. And then standing outside The Shrine, what would this wedge of a structure tell me about Anne. Would I feel its ghosts...smell the fear of Jews in hiding...see Anne's frosted breadth on a window ... hear Anne singing, talking, whispering fear...writing her most sacred thoughts... her love for Peter...the fondness for her father...the problems with her mother... her dreams for a post-War world ...would Anne hear me coming...hello Anne are you there...
For some Anne might be the patron saint of teenagers. But she is no saint. She is one of us and that is her magic. In a dedication to Anne, the Mayor of Amsterdam once said that Anne Frank was not an abstract symbol for the millions who died during World War II. She was more than a symbol, she was reality itself. For the millions affected by the diary, Anne's voice somehow provides meaning and understanding in a cruel, violent and incomprehensible world. Anne taught us that tolerance, freedom and respect for human dignity count for more, than insane and corrupt ideologies.
When world leaders talk war and peace, they should remember there are many Anne's. Someplace there will be this island of human emotions: laughter, gaiety, innocence, love, fear, forgiveness. She tells us that the individual's quest for happiness means more than any depraved collective dream. Anne knew this when she said the best remedy for unhappiness was to go somewhere quiet where one could be alone with the heavens, nature and God. As long as happiness existed, she said, there would "always be comfort for every sorrow". Anne showed us how to live when there is an inferno at our doorstep. For this reason, her book should be read by all. For this reason, her diary's message will be eternal. If we have broken the code, it will be for one reason. We will always need Anne.
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am 26. April 2000
The story of Anne Frank is a story of a young Jewish girl caught up in the turmoil of the Holocaust in the early 1940's. The book is a translation of Anne's diary of the years during this horrible time. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl tells a vivid story of a Jewish family and their trials and hardships. Anne Frank begins her diary once she receives it for her birthday. She is an ordinary girl living in Frankfort during the 1940's. As she describes it, she has a loving, caring family, great friends, and many admiring boy friends. Her life is turned upside down one day, however, when her ad her family are forced to leave their happy lives and go into hiding. Anne is very talkative and cheerful. She always tries to look on the bright side, no matter how gloomy it may seem. When a person thinks of the Holocaust, they normally think of a time of hardships and suffering. Although this is the case with the Frank family, they lived very comfortably compared to other Jews. They share a hidden house with four other people, called the "Secret Annex." Their house has three floors, so it is fairly roomy considering their situation. The translation of Anne's diary is very accurate and well done. Her entries are very imaginative and give vivid descriptions of everyday life for the Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. The story also shows the Holocaust from a child's point of view and has excellent stories of love and injustice, among other themes. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is an excellent book for people of all ages, and should be thoroughly appreciated by every religion for all of the suffering the Jews endured during this time.
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am 26. April 2000
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl tells of a young Jewish girl's experiences through adolescence in the midst of World War II and Hitler's genocide against her people. On her thirteenth birthday, she was given a diary in which to write her thoughts and feelings. She, her family, the Van Daan family, and Dr. Dussel tried to adjust to life in the Secret Annexe. Her diary, which she named Kitty, was written from her heart with no superficiality. This makes reading it a great experience. She discussed in the book many issues prevalent in her life as a Jew. She talked about the Zionist movement and the hardships Jews endured in Nazi Germany. They could only shop in certain stores designated for Jewish use. She wrote about her father and sister's fear of deportation, which would have almost definitely resulted in going to a deadly concentration camp. It is a good read because of the way it intertwines childhood and the Holocaust and speaks of both candidly. She wrote about her feelings and encounters with friends and family. She let out her anger at Hitler and described the new reforms that made her life much harder. She thought she had found a good friend in Kitty. Little did she know that one day her story would impact thousands around the world, even if she was only a young girl.
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am 8. Juli 1999
I first read this book on my own when I was about thirteen or fourteen. I cannot count the number of times I have read it since. This is a diary, with all the day-to-day chronicling and personal speculation that all diaries have, but the details of this life are fascinating... the speculation is ever timely and thought-provoking. This book should be read by everyone, preferably by every teenager. It is an important historical document, but, first and foremost, it is the story of a child's journey through adolescence that is tragically cut short.
I appreciated the Definitive Edition for replacing entries that Anne's father originally edited out. But the Definitive Edition did have problems. I was confused by the different dating of entries from the original. And in the original edition that I read, there was extensive footnoting that explained references by Anne that might have been lost on the reader. In the Definitive Edition, there is no explanation as to why Peter Van Daan referred to Anne as his El Dorado and why Anne referred to herself as the Benjamin of her family. There is minimal footnoting that clarifies Anne's family, but none that clarifies Anne's literary allusions or the historical background to which she refers.
Since I am rating the diary, I give it five stars. If I were rating this edition of the diary, I would only give it four.
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am 27. Februar 2000
As a fourteen-year-old I found incredible comfort in this journal of Anne Frank, and felt priviliged, as well as moved, that I could be allowed to enter the secret world of Anne. I could relate to much she said.
Her name is as much a household name as Madonna. She should not face ridicule at all, as celebrities often do, for the thoughts in her diary very well might have been her deepest words, her thoughts, for they were in her diary. A person's diary should be held forever sacred, for diaries immortalize the truth. Hopefully, the "Diary of a Young Girl" will be forever immortalized, as all diaries and journals should, since they contain the truth. The truth in our souls. For those who might review this diary and say it might be slow in some parts, I find that startling, because this is her life. This book was not a work of fiction, written solely for enertaintment, so be gentle with your thoughts.
I find it kind that her father allowed Anne's deepest thoughts to go public in the world, and courageous. Some of the bravest people in the book were the helpers, such as Miep or Bep.
I definitely recommend reading this book, particularly since it gives you the viewpoint of a person's life in the holocaust: the thoughts, the emotions, as if you were there yourself. You do not truly read more on the tragedy of Anne Frank, for her diary ends, so you would not read on about the horrific lives those in concentration camps lived: lives not long. When I read the afterward of this book, it broke my heart to hear about the annex member's deaths, and the hero's punishments. Whether to be empathetic or sympathetic is a choice, though. It was unimaginable to me to picture Mr. Van Daan, or Hermann van Pels, gassed, or Peter van Pels (van Daan) going on a death march from Austria. The horror must have been unimaginable. There is a new movie out, based on a book, called "Girl Interrupted", chronicling a girl sent to a mental institution, though she was not crazy. She was a girl interrupted, from her regular life, into a life she did not deserved, and whether that is fate or not is arguable. Yet I don't think it is arguable whether Anne Frank was a 'girl, interrupted' or not. She was.
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