Books and Movies Reviews

Diary of Anne Frank

Journeying back to the early nineteenth century, when Nazi forces occupied
Germany during World War II, the lives of those living in this territory was spent in
constant fear and anxiety.The Diary of Anne Frank leads readers through the harsh
times of a family trying to escape imprisonment in concentration camps by Nazi soldiers,
where death was almost certain.Born on June 12, 1929, Anne Frank was a
German-Jewish teenager who was forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust.She and
her family, along with four others, spent 25 months during World War II in an annex of
rooms above her father’s office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.During the two years in
hiding which Anne refers to as “a time when the ideals are being shattered and destroyed,
when the worst side of human nature predominates, when every one has come to doubt
truth, justice and God (pg.327).”Anne kept a diary that was given to her by her father,
Otto Frank, on her birthday.Between June 1942 and August 1944, from Anne’s
thirteenth birthday until shortly after her fifteenth birthday, Anne recorded her feelings,
her emotions, and her thoughts, as well as the events that happened to her. “…[I]deas,
dreams, and cherished hopes rise within us only to meet the horrible truth and be
shattered…yet in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart
(pg. 327).”The diary is an accurate record of the way Anne grows up and matures, in the
unfortunate situation she found herself.
Given the circumstances in which the novel is written Anne gave a very vivid
description of her surroundings and the feelings she encountered throughout her ordeal.
The novel displays the grief and frustration that is experienced throughout the time spent
in hiding.The emotions of the situation are captured in the text and gives validity to the
pain and frustration encountered. D


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