The Diary of a Young Girl is Anne Frank’s astonishingly beautiful gift to this world. It is one of the most moving documents of all time, has touched the hearts of millions and is the most widely read book second to the Bible.
It is the real life diary of a young Jewish girl hiding in an Amsterdam Attic with her family and several others during the holocaust.
Anne writes regular entries, confiding in her diary, her intimate friend. The candour with which she describes her innermost feelings and shares her sophisticated understanding of the adults around her and of life itself make this a rare and exceptional work. Anne Frank inspires people of all ages and through all generations to love her for her purity, her beauty and her eternal optimism in the most harrowing of circumstances.
Through her diary you step into her inner world. There you find that you have a friend walking beside you, sharing with you her struggle to leave childhood and find her independent, more adult identity. She shares intimately her feelings of being misunderstood, her fears, her amazing perceptions about people and life and her great yearning to be free. It is a diary filled with many beautiful insights, revelations and honest confessions. It is the diary of a girl’s hopes and dreams for a future that never comes.
Sadly, so sadly, Anne, her family and the others were betrayed in August 1944 and deported to concentration camps. There, Anne lost the struggle for survival though she lives on in the hearts of millions. Her fresh and unique personality has made her one of the most beloved diarists of all time. She has come to symbolize the tragedy of young life lost in the holocaust. She also represents the spirit of optimism and hope as she always looked towards a brighter future. One of her most quoted lines reads: "…I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart."
Anne Frank; The Diary of A Young Girl is known as the Definitive Version - it contains Anne's original diary entries as well as her revised entries which she later edited and altered in part. They also contain previously unpublished entries which included information edited out by her father as the material was considered too sensitive or explicit for public tastes in the 1950's.