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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Jewish Women's Archive. "Anne Frank." (Viewed on December 3, 2016) <https://jwa.org/people/frank-anne>.