The Diary of Anne Frank
Anne Frank was an ordinary teenager. She loved writing, being with her friends, and dreaming about romance. But she and her family were Jewish. So, when the Nazis invaded the Netherlands, they were forced to go into hiding to avoid being sent to a concentration camp. Between 1942 and 1944, the Franks, the Van Daans and a dentist named Albert Dussel lived in a concealed annex in Anne’s father’s office building. Anne recorded their lives in her diary. Eventually, their hiding place was discovered and the families were arrested. Only Anne’s father survived. When he published his daughter’s diary in 1947, it became an instant classic, and a harrowing insight into the horrors of the Nazi regime.
Six million Jews were murdered by the Nazi regime from 1941 to 1945. Millions more people were killed for their nationality, sexuality or religion. When this genocide is remembered today, Anne’s diary is often a crucial part of the story. By bringing just one girl’s story to life, her diary helps us to understand that these are not just statistics, but innocent human beings who lost their lives.
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