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the-diary-of-a-young-girl-anne-frankAmsterdam, 1942: As Nazi attacks reach terrifying levels, Anne Franks Jewish family goes into hiding. With four other people, they spend two years in a tiny space behind a secret door. In her diary Anne vividly documents the tension—and the love—shared by the residents of the Secret Annex. Meanwhile, the police draw ever closer.A Secret Lifein WartimeMAIN CHARACTERSMiepHeroic protector of those in hiding; contact with outside worldOtto FrankAnnes beloved father; businessman Anne FrankTeen chronicler; never abandons her goal of becoming a great writerPeter van DaanTeenage companion in hiding; Annes romantic interest Margot FrankAnnes virtuous, kind older sister Mrs. FrankAnnes difficult mother; nervous but lovingMr. & Mrs. van DaanPeters colorless father and nagging mother Dr. DusselUnwelcome roommate Life in HidingFor two years, Anne, her family, and four other people are confined to a cramped apartment and forced to spend their days in silence. World War IIWar transforms every aspect of Annes life, and she is never free of fear. Becoming IndependentAnne must navigate the road to independence under the close scrutiny of five adults. ThemesAnne Frank, April 5, 1944want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!Frank began her diary on her13th birthday, one month before she and her family were forced into hiding. She faithfully chronicled her life for the next two years, until the family was arrested. The diary remains a classic account of the Jewish experience during World War II.ANNE FRANK1929–45AuthorThe Diary of a Young Girlby the NumbersMember of Annes immediate familyher father, Otto Frankwho survived the war1Times Anne went outside during her time in the Secret Annex0Days between Annes last diary entry (Aug. 1, 1944) and the police raid on the Secret Annex (Aug. 4, 1944)3Copies of Annes diary sold since its 1947 publication>30 millionAnne Frank1947DutchNonfictionAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageThe Diary of a Young GirlMemoirSources:,, Anne Frank: The Biography by Melissa Muller, Biography.comCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.

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