Throughout it, it talks about what it was like to be a Jew in the war and to constantly be in fear while in hiding. It also talks about how she changed as a person while going through the two years of living there without going outside once. I picked up this book expecting it to describe her fear and how she hates the war and desperately wants it to end, but was pleasantly surprised when I found it to be quite different. At the beginning of her diary it talks about her family, friends and her everyday life and she seems quite unaware of the danger that could attack her and her family at any minute.
Background[ edit ] During the Nazi occupation of the NetherlandsAnne Frank received a blank diary as one of her presents on June 12,her 13th birthday.
They were joined by Hermann van PelsOtto's business partner, including his wife Auguste and their teenage son Peter.
He was licensed to manufacture and sell pectina substance used to make jam. He stopped running his business while everybody was in hiding. But once he returned, he found his employees running it. The rooms that everyone hid in were concealed behind a movable bookcase in the same building as Opekta.
In the published version, names were changed: With the assistance of a group of Otto Frank's trusted colleagues, they remained hidden for two years and one month. In Augustthey were discovered and deported to Nazi concentration camps.
They were long thought to have been betrayed, although there are indications that their discovery may have been accidental, that the police raid had actually targeted "ration fraud". Anne died when she was 15 years old in Bergen-Belsenfrom typhus. The exact date of her death is unknown, and has long been believed to be in early March, a few weeks before the prisoners were liberated by British troops in April However, new research in indicated that Anne may have died in February.
The first volume the red-and-white checkered autograph book covers the period between June 14 and December 5, Since the second surviving volume a school exercise book begins on December 22,and ends on April 17,it is assumed that the original volume or volumes between December and December were lost - presumably after the arrest, when the hiding place was emptied on Nazi instructions.
However, this missing period is covered in the version Anne rewrote for preservation. The third existing volume which was also a school exercise book contains entries from April 17 to August 1,when Anne wrote for the last time before her arrest. They were kept safe, and given to Otto Frank after the war, with the original notes, when Anne's death was confirmed in the spring of Anne used the above-mentioned names for her annex-mates in the first volume, from September 25, until November 13,when the first notebook ends.
On May 20,she notes that she started re-drafting her diary with future readers in mind. By the time she started the second existing volume, she was writing only to Kitty. Dear Kitty[ edit ] There has been much conjecture about the identity or inspiration of Kitty, who in Anne's revised manuscript is the sole recipient of her letters.
Inthe critic Sietse van der Hoek wrote that the name referred to Kitty Egyedi, a prewar friend of Anne's. Van der Hoek may have been informed by the publication A Tribute to Anne Frankprepared by the Anne Frank Foundation, which assumed a factual basis for the character in its preface by the then-chairman of the Foundation, Henri van Praag, and accentuated this with the inclusion of a group photograph that singles out Anne, Sanne Ledermann, Hanneli Goslarand Kitty Egyedi.
Anne does not mention Kitty Egyedi in any of her writings in fact, the only other girl mentioned in her diary from the often reproduced photo, other than Goslar and Ledermann, is Mary Bos, whose drawings Anne dreamed about in and the only comparable example of Anne's writing unposted letters to a real friend are two farewell letters to Jacqueline van Maarsenfrom September Kitty became so idealized and started to lead her own life in the diary that it ceases to matter who is meant by 'Kitty'.
She observed that she had many "friends" and equally many admirers, but by her own definition no true, dear friend with whom she could share her innermost thoughts. She originally thought her girl friend Jacque van Maarsen would be this person, but that was only partially successful.
In an early diary passage, she remarks that she is not in love with Helmut "Hello" Silberberg, her suitor at that time, but considered that he might become a true friend. In hiding, she invested much time and effort into her budding romance with Peter van Pels, thinking he might evolve into that one, true friend, but that was eventually a disappointment to her in some ways, also, though she still cared for him very much.
Ultimately, it was only to Kitty that she entrusted her innermost thoughts. In her diary, Anne wrote of her very close relationship with her father, lack of daughterly love for her mother with whom she felt she had nothing in commonand admiration for her sister's intelligence and sweet nature.
She did not like the others much initially, particularly Auguste van Pels and Fritz Pfeffer the latter shared her room. She was at first unimpressed by the quiet Peter; she herself was something of a self-admitted chatterbox a source of irritation to some of the others.
As time went on, however, she and Peter became very close, though she remained uncertain in what direction their relationship would develop. Editorial history[ edit ] There are two versions of the diary written by Anne Frank.
She wrote the first version in a designated diary and two notebooks version Abut rewrote it version B in after hearing on the radio that war-time diaries were to be collected to document the war period. Version B was written on loose paper, and is not identical to Version A, as parts were added and others omitted.
In the spring ofit came to the attention of Dr.Geographical Book Review. Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl Anne Frank, a girl of 13 receives a diary as her birthday prese nt.
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This guide is organized to help readers understand and reflect on Anne Frank's diary. Background information, time lines, and the glossary provide historical context for the years of Anne's life and are designed to place her diary within the framework of the events taking place during World War II and the Holocaust.
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