Friday, April 13, 2007

Some Weekend Reading

Hey, readers! I get lots of great book recommendations from girls and thought Fridays would be a great time to post them on the blog -- just in case anyone has some extra time for reading over the weekend! Olivia shares her review of the classic Diary of Anne Frank.


Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany on 12 June 1929. She was born into a Jewish family and suffered greatly from the Holocaust. In 1933 the Franks moved to Amsterdam because of Hitler's rise to power. Anne and her older sister Margot attended a nearby Montessori school. Life for the Jewish people was easy-going and peaceful life until May 1940. At that time all Jews were forced to wear the star of David on their clothing and many of their everyday privileges were taken away. On the day of Anne's 13th birthday she received a diary. This was the diary that made her famous. It was a journal in which she recorded all her personal and intimate teenage thoughts and feelings. She took this beloved passion into hiding with her and continued to write in it until the day she was taken by the Nazis. Anne Frank died in late February or early March in the year 1945 from the typhus epidemic in a concentration camp near Hanover, Germany. Her body was most likely dumped in Bergen-Belsen mass graves.

Anne's father, Otto Frank, was the only member of the eight who went into hiding in the annex who survived the concentration camps. He arrived back in Amsterdam on 3 June 1945.
Miep Gies and Bep Voskuilji, who were the two secretaries working in the building where the annex, was located found Anne's diary all over the floor. They tucked it away for safekeeping. When it became clear to them that Anne had died they gave it unread to Otto. Otto Frank decided to fulfil his daughter's dream and publish her diary. He cut out parts of the original text written by Anne that was considered inappropriate for those times. Anne's unedited diary has become known as version a. This is the version I read.


The diary has been published in 55 different languages and 25 million copies have been sold around the world. This book touched many different emotions inside me: Anger, fear, disgust, joy, love and pure sadness. Anne is an incredible writer that touches the reader. It is horrifying to read about such a dark chapter in all of history. - Olivia, 13, New South Wales, Australia

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would love it.

Anonymous said...

it kindda sad but good at the same time- i love it! its amazing

Anonymous said...

its amazing and sad at the same time -if u dont have dis book plz go get it its incredible and u want be disappointed

Anonymous said...

its a good booook

Anonymous said...

I was looking for a good book to read.. this one seems really interesting
thanks Oliva!

auszie said...

i read the book & its soooooooo sad

Anonymous said...

Now i really want to read the story. It sounds sad, but a great story to read.

Anonymous said...

I am going to read the story. I will probably end up crying! It seems like a very very good story to read!