I want to introduce you to, Anne Frank: The diary of a young girl, by Anne Frank and translated by B. M. Mooyaart. It is the story of a 13-year-old Jewish girl and her family who are forced into hiding by the Nazis during World War II The book is written over a two-year period, tells about her life while she and her family are in hiding in Holland. On her birthday she received a diary, Anne named it Kitty, and Kitty was her best friend ever since. From the first day she had it, she would write all the thoughts, feelings and wishes she had.
They are staying in a secret attic of the office building where Mr. Frank used to work in order to escape from the Nazis during World War II. During their stay in the annex, they are supported by several people in the office building, who risk their own lives to insure the secrecy of the Jewish hideout and to provide them with food and basic supplies. Much of Anne’s diary tells about the daily routine of the occupants of the attic. It also describes in detail the characters of Anne’s father, mother, and sister, as well as the characters of the three Van Daans and Mr.Dussel, who share the attic with them.
The Protagonist Anne Frank – The author of the diary. Anne was born on June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt, Germany, and was four years old when her father moved to Holland to find a better place for the family to live. She is very intelligent and perceptive, and she wants to become a writer. Anne grows from an innocent and somewhat petty teenage girl to a sensitive thinker at age fifteen. Anne’s life changed, when in July of 1942, the Nazis came there searching for Jewish people.
So the Frank’s made a hard decision: hide from the Nazis, living in the house’s secret room. They were shearing this room with the Van Daan family, close friends to their family. Since that day a different life started, a life they didn’t imagined, and didn’t know what road would take. Living in the secret room wasn’t easy; hiding scared every day and night, and running always with a threatening life. Worse, living with the Van Daan? s, a family Anne didn’t like, with their little naughty daughter. Anyway, they were protected by people that gave them food and took good care of them.
The Van Daan? s were becoming more and more impolite every day that passed; cause the pressure they were having about the war. Anne cried all nights wishing the end of the war. They had a radio that was the only way to receive notice of the war. Instead of hearing it finishing, they just heard bad news. In the city, things were hard, but in the secret room things weren’t easier. It was very boring, so Anne, Margot and Peter, the only son of the Van Daan? s, studied with the books that were in the room. It was the only thing to do, but they were old and the 3 students already knew all the books.
They lived for 2 years in the secret room. August 1 of 1944 was the last day Anne wrote in her diary, 3 days after, the Nazis discovered the secret room, and both families were sent to forced work. In March of 1945, Anne died with a terrible disease called typhoid in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. My favorite part of the book was when she begins to confide in Peter. They start to tell each other what they are feeling, what it is that bothers them so much, they tell each other of all their wishes and dreams. And eventually they both come to realize that they each share a secret crush on one another.
My least favorite part of the book is how she has to put up with Mrs. Van Daan’s complaining, Mr. Van Daan who is always in an uproar over something Anne does, Mr. Dussel constantly shhing her, and now her father telling her she needs to show more compassion for her mother! She begins to feel like no one ever listens, she can never seem to please anyone. I would recommend this book for you to read. It is a book of history and miserable war is. It also shows how Anne maintains a love of life and a belief in the basic goodness of mankind. Her unsinkable faith in love and goodness gives her hope that everything will turn out all right.