The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank sits in a display case at the Anne Frank Center in Berlin, Germany.

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  • On June 12, 1929, Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Anne was a German Jew who, between 1942 and 1944, hid with her family from Nazi persecution in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Anne was an excellent writer. During the two years her family was in hiding, she kept a diary that documented her own thoughts and fears, as well as the daily lives of other people in the “secret annex.”

     

    The Diary of Anne Frank, published by her father after the war, is a landmark in 20th century literature, intimately documenting complex emotions surrounding family relationships, romantic love, fear, and hope.

     

    “It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical,” she wrote in 1944.  “Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”

     

    After being deported to the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, Anne died in 1945, at age 15. 

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    abandoned Adjective

    deserted.

    concentration camp Noun

    enclosed, guarded area where political prisoners are kept. Concentration camps are most associated with Nazi work and extermination camps during World War II.

    Jew Noun

    person who practices the Jewish religion.

    landmark Noun

    a prominent feature that guides in navigation or marks a site.

    literature Noun

    written material, including novels, poetry, drama and history.

    Nazi noun, adjective

    (1919-1945) (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei) having to do with the National Socialist German Workers' Party.