Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.
In 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, the Franks and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and surprisingly humorous, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.
The diary of a young girl, one of the most read books of all time, people have all sorts of opinions on it, Nelson Mandela claimed that this book gave him hope in his jail time.
I loved this book for the hope, gratitude and empathy of the young girl, also my heart broke multiple times at the same hopes because I knew what was coming for her.
If you haven’t read this book yet, I would suggest not to read it just as a piece of literature but rather ‘diary of a young girl’ and try to remember all the inner turmoil all the teenagers go through, that feeling of being alone against the whole world, being sensitive to such an extent that you cry yourself to sleep and yes the emotional distance from parents (if you are a teenager now , as a 24year old I assure you that you are loved by many and you are not alone)
As the book progresses Anne felt so much more mature and grown-up for her age due to the hardships she went through, I cannot help but wish Anne would have lived long enough to see adulthood for herself and fulfilled her dreams. Also it is important to remember that this was the story of two families but countless other innocent people also went through similar may be even worst conditions during the holocaust.
This was such a heart wrenching and humbling book, especially during the times of corona epidemic, we can take many many lessons of being grateful from Anne. Also this book is a short read, I read it in one day so I would highly recommend reading it.