Anne Frank

Anne Frank’s remarkable honesty and gift for writing made her diary one of the most well-known books in the world, and made her an icon of all those lost in the Holocaust. Frank received her diary for her thirteenth birthday, shortly before she and her family were forced to hide from the Nazis in a small attic annex that would house eight people for almost two years. She escaped the confines of this world through her writing, composing short stories as well as writing diary entries that juxtaposed the ordinary frustrations, miseries, and joys of adolescence with the mixed tedium and terror of her life in hiding. On August 4, 1944, the group was discovered and sent to Auschwitz. Frank died in Bergen-Belsen during a typhus epidemic in March 1945, shortly before the end of the war. Her father Otto, the only survivor of the group, published her diary in hopes of honoring her memory and putting a human face on the tragedy of the Holocaust. Praised by poets, writers, and political thinkers, the diary has been translated into more than fifty languages and has sold over 300 million copies worldwide.

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If the Diary of Anne Frank were transported back in time to 1632 and was read by European Jews of that time; what do you think they would think about it? Assume that the book came with a library that explained the history of the Jews from the 17th century to the twentieth. Would Jewish women and young girls of that time connected with her experience?

Anne Frank.

The underneath her picture reads "Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

Date of Birth
Birthplace

Frankfurt
Germany

Date of Death
1945
Occupations
Writer

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Anne Frank." (Viewed on May 19, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/frank-anne>.

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