"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank and its Historical Relevance Book Review by jgt16

"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank and its Historical Relevance
A review of Anne Franks' "Diary of a Young Girl" and a discussion on the historical relevance of the book.
# 112401 | 2,424 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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This paper discusses the book "The Diary of a Young Girl" which contains excerpts of Anne Frank's diary, written between the years 1942 and 1944, two years before she died. The author summarizes the book which has since been translated into thirty languages and adapted into a play, a motion picture as well as a television series. The paper relates Anne's history and background as well as her journal entries about her frustration at not being taken seriously by her family, her personal goals, and later, her views on the Holocaust. The author also examines the historical relevance of the book in particular as a document that serves as a personal witness to the mass annihilation of Jews throughout Europe.

Historical Relevance
Other Observations and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"In January 1933, Adolf Hitler, leader of the German National Socialist Workers' Party (the Nazis), was appointed chancellor of Germany. Hitler brought to his position a vicious anti-Semitism that found its expression through stringent anti-Jewish policies and, eventually, the mass extermination of Jews in concentration camps. Aware of Hitler's rising power and its future implications for Jews, Otto Frank arranged for his family to leave Frankfurt for Holland in the summer of 1933. He established a food products business in Amsterdam, and the next few years of Anne's life continued without remarkable incidence."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berryman, John. The Freedom of the Poet. New York, 1980
  • Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl. Bantam Edition. New York: Doubleday. July 1993.
  • Gilman, Sander L. Jewish Self-Hatred: Anti-Semitism and the Hidden Language of the Jews. Baltimore, 1986
  • Wistrich, Robert S. Hitler and the Holocaust: How and Why the Holocaust Happened. 2nd ed. London: Phoenix Press. 2003
  • Young, James E. Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust: Narrative and the Consequences of Interpretation. Bloomington, 1988.

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