The Diary Of A Young Girl: The Definitive Edition by Anne FrankThe Diary Of A Young Girl: The Definitive Edition by Anne Frank

The Diary Of A Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

byAnne FrankEditorOtto M. Frank, Mirjam Pressler

Mass Market Paperback | February 3, 1997

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Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. 

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

Praise for The Diary of a Young Girl

“A truly remarkable book.”The New York Times

“One of the most moving personal documents to come out of World War II.”The Philadelphia Inquirer

“There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl, a testament to an indestructible nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil.”Chicago Tribune

“The single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust . . . remains astonishing and excruciating.”The New York Times Book Review

“How brilliantly Anne Frank captures the self-conscious alienation and naïve self-absorption of adolescence.”Newsday
Anne Frank was born in 1929 in Germany. Her family moved to Amsterdam in 1933, and she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.
Title:The Diary Of A Young Girl: The Definitive EditionFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 0.9 inPublished:February 3, 1997Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless Everyone should read this book. Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Anne Frank diary of a young girl... I enjoyed this read overall but at times it was very sad and hard to read {understandably} . But do recommend it.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Anne Frank Diary of a young girl.... I overall enjoyed this. It was sad and hard to read at times {understandably} but do recommend it.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tragic This book differs from other books about the Holocaust, such as "The Upstairs Room", because that one was written by the author as an adult. This is a teenager, writing as she experiences things, real-time. Definitely a coming-of-age book, it deals with her growing up, her friendships, sibling rivalry, mother difficulties, crushes... this shows Anne growing up in extreme circumstances, and hints at the promise of what could have been. Very tragic.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Incredibly Moving, Powerful, & Life-Changing Experience This book changed my life forever in more ways than one is all I can say. Anne Frank will forever remain my idol and inspiration in life. I will never be the same person again; I am better now. I love you, Anne Frank ... and THANK YOU ... for everything. :'-(
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible book Incredible book, very moving. Hard to believe it was written by such a young girl. I highly recommend reading this book.
Date published: 2015-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Connecting Through Time I was assigned this book to read for an English University class and was surprised by how much I related to Anne at that age despite our lack of common heritage, ancestry, religious belief, and circumstances. Her book truly touched me and I related to the uncertainty at that age, the complex relationships in her family in relation to her, and much more. I especially liked the forward in the book which I felt gave a great deal of context about how the narration and story of the book was constructed. I felt it was honest, loving, and heart wrenching. I am glad to have had the privilege of reading this book.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book It makes me sad to read her plans for the future because you already know what's going to happen. ]:
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank This is an amazing book. It is an easy read, great for a tween. Just reading the preview got me hooked! I definitly think that everyone should read this book. It is one of those books where you get something new and different from it every time you read it. Overall I think that if you are wondering if you should get it, do it!
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anne Frank's Diary Very interesting story
Date published: 2014-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thumbs down I didn't like this book. I know the historical significance. I know Anne was a real girl in horrific circumstances. But I didn't enjoy the book and based on what we know about Anne from this book... I didn't like her. I disagree that this is a "must read".
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book was surprising. To read, one must have great patience and a slight lack of sensitivity. Herd thoughts and writings are so raw and real, yet so unreal for a teenage girl. Her diction is astonishing and put to good use in beautifully writing her thoughts. You grow so close with Anne and the ending is so abrupt and expected at the same time. I knew how it would end but one must remember that she did not know when she would die, just as we did not know. Unlike most books, Anne does not get to write her final thoughts of fear and agony, she did not have that "luxury", if you will. It really gives you the true feeling of getting so close and not making it. But in a way, she did, didn't she? She is lived on through her words and ability to educate the world on the war from her perspective. She has accomplished her dream of becoming a famous writer-journalist. If you have a strong set of morals and earn to self-educate, this book is a must read for countless reasons.
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Diary of Anne Frank: Lest We Forget Anne Frank. The name of the most well known victim of the Holocaust. A young, bright girl whose life was ended by a madman. And she left behind a Diary. A 13th birthday gift from her parents is what caused the Diary to come into being. Anne started writing on June 12, 1942. She poured all her thoughts, feelings, angers, and most importantly, love, into this volume. It was her. When she begins, Anne is living with her parents and older sister in Holland. Her family have been moved around and living separately for quite some time, all while trying to stay out of the way of the Nazis. Because they are Jewish, insane laws and endless harassments are something they have to endure, and Anne has to chronicle. And it gets worse and worse and worse. And it's disgusting. Shortly after she starts the Diary, her family has to go into hiding. Another family with a teenage boy, Peter, also move into the hidden annex Anne's father has set up. Some time later, a lone middle aged man also takes up residence. The annex were a set of small hidden rooms on the upper floors of Anne's fathers business. This mix of people in a small confined space, never allowed to leave, constantly watching out, causes friction and panic to spread. The pain is always. Anne is very insightful with her observations of everyone she is trapped with. Her parents strained marriage is something she understands, all while solidly siding with her beloved father. She also has a complicated relationship with her sister Margot. The next family, called the Van Pels (names changed by Anne to protect loved ones) she is scathingly disliking. Their son Peter becomes her object of obsession and love. Fritz Pfeffer, the middle aged man, clashed with Anne on a daily basis. All aspects of the daily lives are examined by Anne. What they eat, how they make it, and the ways they procure it, are all illustrated by her. The routines they must follow to avoid detection, the indignities to endure that are uncivilized to us but essential to them. Sometimes the monotony of existence wears on them, causes friction, only to be broken by the occasional visit from a friend bearing supplies, news, and welcome companionship. All this, in vivid detail, are explored in the Diary. Laced throughout is Anne's eternal venting about her mother. She can tell her mother and father do not get along and are probably incompatible, and her great love and admiration for her father is extremely clear. Disdain, dislike, loathing, are just some of the ways to describe Anne's feelings towards her mother. She has done nothing right, can do nothing right, and will do nothing right. Her mother gave birth to her and that was it. Some of her harshness can be justified by the reader, but a lot of the volatility seems excessive. What the issue really is for Anne is that she is very smart. It becomes evident from the Diary that she is full of thoughts and feelings and is very articulate in how she expresses them. Everyone else, with the exception of her father, seem dim-witted and thoroughly unintelligent. They sense this, and like jealous bullies, constantly attack her. The youngest is the smartest. And this is unacceptable. She must be put in her place. Multiple times throughout the Diary you want to reach out hug her, tell her not to worry, that she is right. The heartbreak of this situation is only outmatched by the heartbreak of the ending. Peter is one of the only outlets for her. Her attraction to him grows and grows and becomes full blown love. A previous crush from years ago cause her some angst, but it all becomes about Peter very quickly. This is the young man that she wants to share her life with. Peter becomes her main focus, which brings much gossip and consternation to the citizens of the annex. The relationship cools down before the end of the Diary, but Peter was her first love. Young girls can read those passages and know exactly what Anne is talking about. It is universal. Anne's other outlet is the Diary itself. At first, it feels strange to be reading a young girl's thoughts, almost an intrusion. But Anne wants it published after the war, in order to for the Diary to become an historical document. Her keen insights, wonderful style and deep emotions provide you with a glimpse of what might have been. Truly sad is all I can say here. When she is 15 years old, The Diary of Anne Frank stops. The last entry in this birthday gift from her parents is dated August 1, 1944. Everyone was found by the Nazis on August 4, 1944. Her father was the only survivor of the annex. Anne died in a concentration camp. Her final thoughts are unknown to us. The legacy of her love and feelings shine out from her Diary. So that this will never happen again is why Remembrance Day exists. Anne Frank should never have had to go into hiding. Anne Frank should not had died. We must always remember this. Always. Scoopriches
Date published: 2011-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from innocent portrayal of the Holocaust The most innocent portrayal of the Holocaust I believe to be available to the public, while reading it though I found it to be more of a young girl's diary than anything else. But, no doubt it gives a good portrayal of life in hidding during the Holocaust. For a more adult portrayal of the Holocaust from the concentration camps I recommend Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi.
Date published: 2010-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow!! this book was amazing at parts but then again got boring at others. Over all i'd probably rate it 4-5 because some parts were amazing and romantic. I would have probably run away if i was her and it's sad that she was leading a terrible life and that she was excited about her future but never got to complete it.Heartbreaking, midblowing difficult to rate and explain, it just kind of comes to you. Must-read!!
Date published: 2008-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to rate This book was interesting o rate because it lost me at some parts because it got boring but at the same time sometimes i enjoyed it. It tals a lot about government and it has some romance.
Date published: 2008-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally read this famous book. I just finished reading this book a few minutes ago, and I’m a little hesitant to write anything about it just yet. I feel like I need to do some processing first. Part of the problem is that, with a BA in English, I am so used to reading and analyzing fiction. When you suddenly read a diary written by a girl between the ages of thirteen and fifteen, you need a completely different skill set. I suspect that if my first reading of this book had been twenty or twenty-five years ago, I would have taken it much more into my soul, instead of speeding through the “young girl blossoming into first love” parts. Perhaps I’m just getting old! Having said that, I found a lot of the book to be absolutely fascinating. The historian in me was in wonder at the first-person account of what it was like to be a Jew in Holland under the Third Reich. The writer in me was thrilled to see Anne’s writing skills blossom, and I found myself looking back to when I first began writing. Above all else, I thoroughly enjoyed her spunk and sense of optimism, and I loved how much she treasured her few glimpses of nature. One thing that I really took away from this book is how much the simple things in life matter a lot more than we give them credit for. I am glad I read this book, but, more than that, I’m glad that Anne’s father fulfilled his daughter’s wishes and had it published. The underlying thread of the entire diary is that Anne just wanted her voice to be heard, and to be understood. She felt that she would achieve immortality through her writing, and that’s exactly what has happened. How does a diary’s story end? Does it end with the life of the diarist, suffering of typhus in a concentration camp, in the most miserable circumstances imaginable? Or does it “end” with the wish fulfillment of its author: its publication, and the resulting touching of millions of people’s lives, and an understanding of the Holocaust in the hopes that it doesn’t happen again? I choose to focus on the second option, looking at this as a somewhat happy ending. I suspect Anne would, too.
Date published: 2008-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must-read for anyone. Whether or not you like books about the war, this is for sure a must read. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down! The best experience as a reader was seeing how Anne matured through her life in hiding, and her honesty is touching. It also makes you appreciate the little things in life. At times, I forgot I was reading a work of non-fiction. Perhaps another good point about this book, is how eerily fitting her final entry is.
Date published: 2006-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BRILLANT!!! This book was brillant!It's very touchy, sad, and moving. I am of around the same age as Anne was when she wrote the journal (14) and feel, somewhat like her in our personality. This book was extremely inspiring to me because of these similarities and I am going throught some (but not nealy as hard or as many) of the same hardships as she did. I would recomend this book to anyone! It has left me wondering more about Anne, so I am now doing a little of my on research on her and find it too very interesting, and compelling!!
Date published: 2002-03-17

Bookclub Guide

US1, a) After the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940, the Dutch people were immediately faced with the question of choice: how to respond to the Nazi occupation. Tens of thousands of Dutch people followed Hitler, and millions more looked the other way. Eventually, a resistance movement began to grow. The Nazis needed Dutch collaborators to carry out their fascist decrees. What would have influenced someone to become a collaborator? What factors would have encouraged someone to join the resistance? Do you think these factors were based on personal characteristics or political beliefs? What was the price of resistance during the war? What was the price of collaboration? b) Anne Frank and her family were German refugees who resettled and tried to build their lives in the Netherlands. Although the Franks were proud of their German heritage, their feelings toward Germany became very complicated during the war. Anne wrote: "Fine specimens of humanity, those Germans, and to think I'm actually one of them! No. that's not true, Hitler took away our nationality long ago. And besides, there are no greater enemies on earth than the Germans and Jews." (October 9, 1942.) Although Anne had lived in the Netherlands since 1934, she did not become a Dutch citizen. Did Anne have a nationality? If not, were Anne's civil rights protected by any nation? By 1939 some 250,000 Jews, half of Germany's Jewish population, had fled their homeland. Did these refugees have any guaranteed rights? After the war Otto Frank responded to references to "the Germans" by asking "which German?" He believed strongly that blaming all Germans was another form of stereotyping. What constitutes a stereotype? How is a stereotype different from discrimination? c) In The New York Times the writer Anna Quindlen asked, "Would our understanding of the Holocaust be quite the same if Anne Frank had not taken a small plaid diary into hiding with her?" What has most shaped your understanding of World War II: personal experience, Anne's diary, popular films such as Schindler's List, newsreel footage, academic or historical texts? d) Otto Frank chose to edit out some of the negative comments Anne made about her mother and a number of the other residents of the Secret Annex--comments that have been restored in the new translation by Susan Massotty. He believed that Anne would have wanted him to do so. Do you think he was correct? e) In her diary Anne opined: "...if you're wondering if it's harder for the adults here than for the children, the answer is no...Older people have an opinion about everything and are sure of themselves and their actions. It's twice as hard for us young people to hold on to our opinions at a time when ideals are being shattered..." (July 15, 1944.) When was the last time as an adult that you experienced the "shattering" of an ideal? Is the media a neutral force, or do you think it plays a role in supporting or destroying idealism? f) Are there certain characteristics common among those few individuals who risked their own lives to rescue Jews during World War II? Why do so many of them deny their own heroism? g) A disturbing number of neo-Nazi groups have taken hold in all parts of the world. What social conditions would be necessary for them to grow? What do you believe would be the most likely basis of another world war: pride, nationalism, fear, racism, economic interests, or religious intolerance? h) Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann was asked how he could explain the killing of 6 million Jews. He answered, "One hundred dead are a catastrophe, a million dead are a statistic." Have we become more or less tolerant of murder since he made this observation? i) Anne Frank wrote: "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!" (May 3, 1944.) How should accountability be assigned? So many say they never understood what was happening. How likely could that have been? j) Hitler published Mein Kampf in 1925, describing his plan for the elimination of Jews. At that time, what steps might have been taken to stop Hitler's rise to power?From the Trade Paperback edition.

From Our Editors

Anne Frank's extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Set amongst the terror and destruction of the Second World War, this account adds, through inflection and daily entries, a real human texture to the otherwise heartless period. Now, in a new edition enriched by many passages originally withheld by her father, Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl is more real, more human, and more vital than ever.

Editorial Reviews

“A truly remarkable book.”—The New York Times“One of the most moving personal documents to come out of World War II.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer“The new edition reveals a new depth to Anne’s dreams, irritations, hardship, and passions. . . . There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl, a testament to an indestructible nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil.”—Chicago Tribune “The single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust . . . remains astonishing and excruciating.”—The New York Times Book Review“How brilliantly Anne Frank captures the self-conscious alienation and naïve self-absorption of adolescence.”—Newsday