Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

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1st edition US hardcover.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is a book of the personal diary of a Dutch teenage girl named Anne Frank. The book was published in 1947 in Frank's native Dutch language, and an English translation was published in 1952. The diary entries range from shortly after Frank's 13th birthday on 1942-06-14, to 1944-08-01 and mostly describes the girl's life hiding out from the Nazis because her family is Jewish.



  • This book is painfully emotional. It makes me feel so angry at the unrighteousness that people allowed.
  • Frank shows remarkable clarity for such a young girl, and it surprises me how she's able to remain positive even after over a year cooped up in their hiding place.
  • Frank has a very impressive vocabulary, although I'm not sure if this was embellishment by the translator. Then again, she often writes about studying various languages which would certainly expand her word use.
  • It's quite tragic to hear her talking about what she will do "after the war" so many times when I know how it will turn out.
  • It's hard not to draw parallels to the Americans who refused to help the Jews during World War II, and those who refuse to help Muslims today. Although, I think makes the book quite timeless.


  • The diary could use a bit of editing. While it's nice to have such unrestricted access to her diary, a lot of the entries are redundant or uninteresting.
  • Early editions of the book censored the sexual aspects of Frank's entries. I'm fine with editing, but edit the dull bits, not the parts that are important to understanding the mind of an adolescent. I didn't find any of the sexual aspects of the uncensored book to be even remotely as bad as the things I thought about as a teen.


  • Nothing.