While reading this book, I often closed the book and stared at the photo of Anne Frank printed on the front cover. Is this the same girl with a smiling face and sparkling eyes who had so much to say? Are those the same innocent eyes which witnessed the cruelty of the Nazis?
“The Diary of a Young Girl” is a diary written by Anne Frank during the Second World War. She wrote this diary from 14 June, 1942 to 1 August, 1944. When she died in a concentration camp in Germany, Anne Frank was only fifteen. Through her diary, she tells us the atrocities of war times; how people suffer, how lives would be tormented and how families would be shattered. The descriptions and emotions are so vivid and enchanting you can envisage her life with your own eyes.
Anne Frank belongs to a Jewish family. Till the Second World War she enjoyed her life like any other girl. But, when Germany invaded Holland Otto Frank, Anne’s father, moved his family into hiding. The happenings in hiding for 25 months are described by Anne in this diary. Especially her emotions and her moods are well preserved in words. She talks emotionally and eloquently about her parents, sister and her co-dwellers and herself.
In August 1944 their hiding place was discovered by the Gestapo, German Secret Police. All the eight members in the hiding were sent to concentration camps in Germanywhere all, except Otto Frank, died in the hands of Nazis. Anne Frank died in 1945.
When Otto Frank came back to the hiding place after war, he found Anne Frank’s diary and letters. He circulated the diary in memory of his family. Eleanor Roosevelt says about this book: “These are the thoughts and expressions of a young girl living under extraordinary conditions, and for this reason her diary tells us much about ourselves and about our own children.”