Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is a remarkable journal written by Anne Frank herself, portraying insight into the world that she lived in. She showed bravery and perseverance. With almost two years of diary entries Anne Frank gives us a glimpse into her life during World War ll. As I read Anne Frank’s diary I felt like I was in such a private world, almost as if it was forbidden to enter, I was so inspired by this brilliant young girl who never gave up hope no matter how afraid she was. In June, 1942, the SS sends a call-up for Anne’s sister Margot, to be sent to a German Labor Camp.
The Frank family knew the time had come to go seek safety. On Thursday, July 9th, 1942, Anne Frank and her family’s lives are turned upside down. Anne and seven others go into hiding to be safe from the Nazis. Anne wrote on Wednesday, July 8th, 1942, “Margot and I began to pack some of our most vital belongings into a school satchel. The first thing I put in was this diary, then hair curlers, handkerchiefs, schoolbooks, a comp, old letters; I put in the craziest things with the idea that we were going into hiding. But I’m not sorry, memories mean more to me than dresses”.
Anne lived with her father, her mother and sister, Mr. & Mrs. Van Daan and their son Peter and later they were joined by Mr. Dussel, in a secret group of rooms above Anne’s father’s place of business in Amsterdam. Thus, the diary tells about the life of the eight Jews living in fear from being taken by the Nazis. Anne describes the brutal holocaust that she sees right outside the window every day. Anne was hopeful in the darkest times, trusting and believing that “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart”.
Every thought or feeling Anne feels at the moment of writing is expressed throughout her diary. Through waves of fury, moments of hatred, discovery, disgust, loneliness and happiness, a reader experiences sorrow in a new perspective on human nature. Anne was 13 years old when she started writing her journal. She wrote about her relationships with her parents and the other adults, and her first love; Peter. She writes about the problems of growing up and her feelings about isolation and withdrawal from the world. Anne writes about the food being scarce, tight spaces, facilities being limited, and the outdoors being strictly off limits.
We get a glimpse into a world that seems too unreal; Anne voices the fear and bravery that millions of unknown Jews felt at the time. The hidden Jews attempted to keep busy as the world outside moved on without them. Private lessons with the three kids took place. Obtaining knowledge was a goal Otto and Edith Frank had for Margot and Anne. Margot studied all sorts of languages, mathematics, literature, geography and read everything she could get her hands on.
Anne studied a few languages, mathematics, Bible history, and read biographies. Mr. Dussel attempted dental practices on the group. Anne thought his dental practices were rather hilarious to watch. Anne wanted people to know her as a writer but never in the way had she expected. Her journal shows such an outspoken girl, saying and feeling what she feels is appropriate. Throughout the course of her journals she grows more mature and displays a deeper connection with herself. Anne was a brilliant girl and she was frustrated with all the people she lived with because they just didn’t understand who she was.
They called her “exasperating” for her actions. “ If I talk, everyone thinks I’m showing off; when I’m silent they think I’m ridiculous; rude if I answer, sly if I get a good idea, lazy if I’m tired, Selfish if I eat a mouthful more than I should,stupid, cowardly, crafty, etc. , etc”. I respect Anne Frank in so many ways. This journal is so utterly complete and spectacular. I recommend this book for students and anyone who is ready to get drawn into someone else’s thoughts and emotions. It’s overwhelming at times but can be inspiring in so many ways.
I related to Anne Frank at moments and felt as if she was speaking to me personally. This isn’t just an ordinary book; it’s extraordinary and drew me close to her and her experiences. The Frank family had a beautiful insight on life keeping their spirits up in the midst of all the cruelty that was surrounding their hiding place. It was so humbling to read such powerful words. Her life was short and was cut off early but her diary speaks to change the hearts of millions of people all over the world, especially mine.