Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Anne Frank


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A young girl's journal records her family's struggles during two years of hiding from the Nazis in war-torn Holland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881035414
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 06/28/1993
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 214,034
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

Reading Group Guide

1. a) After the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940, the Dutch people were immediately faced with the question of choice: how to respond to the Nazi occupation. Tens of thousands of Dutch people followed Hitler, and millions more looked the other way. Eventually, a resistance movement began to grow. The Nazis needed Dutch collaborators to carry out their fascist decrees. What would have influenced someone to become a collaborator? What factors would have encouraged someone to join the resistance? Do you think these factors were based on personal characteristics or political beliefs? What was the price of resistance during the war? What was the price of collaboration? b) Anne Frank and her family were German refugees who resettled and tried to build their lives in the Netherlands. Although the Franks were proud of their German heritage, their feelings toward Germany became very complicated during the war. Anne wrote: "Fine specimens of humanity, those Germans, and to think I'm actually one of them! No. that's not true, Hitler took away our nationality long ago. And besides, there are no greater enemies on earth than the Germans and Jews." (October 9, 1942.) Although Anne had lived in the Netherlands since 1934, she did not become a Dutch citizen. Did Anne have a nationality? If not, were Anne's civil rights protected by any nation? By 1939 some 250, 000 Jews, half of Germany's Jewish population, had fled their homeland. Did these refugees have any guaranteed rights? After the war Otto Frank responded to references to "the Germans" by asking "which German?" He believed strongly that blaming all Germans was another form of stereotyping. What constitutes a stereotype? How is astereotype different from discrimination? c) In The New York Times the writer Anna Quindlen asked, "Would our understanding of the Holocaust be quite the same if Anne Frank had not taken a small plaid diary into hiding with her?" What has most shaped your understanding of World War II: personal experience, Anne's diary, popular films such as Schindler's List, newsreel footage, academic or historical texts? d) Otto Frank chose to edit out some of the negative comments Anne made about her mother and a number of the other residents of the Secret Annex--comments that have been restored in the new translation by Susan Massotty. He believed that Anne would have wanted him to do so. Do you think he was correct? e) In her diary Anne opined: "... if you're wondering if it's harder for the adults here than for the children, the answer is no... Older people have an opinion about everything and are sure of themselves and their actions. It's twice as hard for us young people to hold on to our opinions at a time when ideals are being shattered..." (July 15, 1944.) When was the last time as an adult that you experienced the "shattering" of an ideal? Is the media a neutral force, or do you think it plays a role in supporting or destroying idealism? f) Are there certain characteristics common among those few individuals who risked their own lives to rescue Jews during World War II? Why do so many of them deny their own heroism? g) A disturbing number of neo-Nazi groups have taken hold in all parts of the world. What social conditions would be necessary for them to grow? What do you believe would be the most likely basis of another world war: pride, nationalism, fear, racism, economic interests, or religious intolerance? h) Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann was asked how he could explain the killing of 6 million Jews. He answered, "One hundred dead are a catastrophe, a million dead are a statistic." Have we become more or less tolerant of murder since he made this observation? i) Anne Frank wrote: "I don't believe the war is simply the work of politicians and capitalists. Oh no, the common man is every bit as guilty; otherwise, people and nations would have rebelled long ago!" (May 3, 1944.) How should accountability be assigned? So many say they never understood what was happening. How likely could that have been? j) Hitler published Mein Kampf in 1925, describing his plan for the elimination of Jews. At that time, what steps might have been taken to stop Hitler's rise to power?

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Anne Frank 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 8th grade literature class watched a video of the life of Anne Frank. After the video, I was so interested in the video about her life, I decided to read the book. So as soon as school let out, I went to the library and checked out, 'Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl'. I was at first wondering if I would like it but I looked past that and began to read it. So as I got further and further into the book, I realized how hard life was for her. And not just her but her whole family and friends and the Jewish population. There were some things in the book that I never knew. I never knew that Hitler had brown hair and brown eyes when he requested that all who lived in Germany had blonde hair and blue eyes! I never knew that so much hatred could be in one person before. I felt as though I was Anne Frank and that I was there. It seemed very frightening not knowing if it will be your last day in your home, let alone your life! I liked this book and I would recommend it to any girl who likes to go back in time and feel as though you are reliving history through the eyes of a young girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Diary of a Young Girl is a great book. I love to read so this book was really nice to read. I love Anne Frank. Thats one of the reasons I read the book. And also because the book has a great lesson that I think would help everyone in certan ways. I think everyone should read the book. I think they would all like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful. When I was readingthis it made me cry and feel bed. I already read 'number the stars', and 'Daniels Story' I felt so bad for the Jewish People.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne Franks diary is a very inspiring story of a 13 year old sent off to hiding during the time the Natzi's were taking over Europe. Anne's diary is a classic you'll never forget!
Harambe's Killer More than 1 year ago
This artwork of literature helped us to find the little girl, which is fantastic. She was stupid enough to publish this book and give away all their secrets and stuff. Hitler himself came to her doorstep and asked for her autograph, he was her biggest fan. After he got the signature, you should have seen the look on his face, it was Mein Kampf all over again. He then personally took her to the gas chamber, what an honor! May she rest is pepperoni.
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Powerful and moving. Every person should read this book.
ms.awesome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty good book. I felt so sorry for the family at the end.
kswanteck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl forced to hide during World War II. This book is a very good cross curricula book, because it takes place during the biggest war the world has ever seen, during some of the most gruesome killings/genocide the world has ever seen. I think it is very important that students know what happened during World War II, especially from the Jewish perspective. It brings up ideas of racism and separation, which have occured in different time periods as well.
Bibliotropic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I regret to say that it was only recently that I actually finally read this book, though I've one edition or another on my bookshelf since the sixth grade. And while I am tempted to do something of a joke review and talk about none of the events contained within the book were realistic and none of the people were believable as characters, I think I owe it to the people who actually went through that nightmare to do this thing seriously.I became fascinated with what civilian life was like during World War 2 after seeing a book of my grandmother's: Robert Westall's Children of the Blitz. Plenty of books will tell me what the political side of the war was like, what it was like for the people on the front lines, doing the fighting, but there are too few books that will detail was it was like for those who were just trying to stay alive in their homes. It's one thing to shake your head and say it was a terrible time and to quote some statistics, but it's quite another to read something written by somebody who was actually there, talking about their life amid uncertainty and bombing and fear of being killed in the night. It brings it all home, makes something distant and sanitized seem actually real, and, if you think about it, might actually cause a sleepless night or two.While reading this, I was struck with just how alike Anne was to the girls of her age that I knew and know. Occupied with the same problems, thinking the same thoughts, and never mind that Anne was in hiding from Nazis and nobody I know can claim that. Reading entries about things like her daily routine, her thoughts about others, the sense that "life goes on" really came through clearly. No matter what, no matter how serious the situation, we still remain ourselves and the same old things will still bother us. We may not complain about them as much, but they're still there.I her thoughts about Peter to be particularly amusing. It started with, "Oh, he's so dull," went to, "He's interesting, but you mustn't think I'm in love with him, because I'm not," right to, "I can't stop thinking about him, I think I'm in love with him." Oh, teenagers.I don't often come across books that I would recommend to everyone I meet, but it seems a shame if a person goes their life without reading this book. There are echoes of World War 2 still in our society today, and to not understand even a little of what that all means is a little bit sad. It's not knowing your own history, particularly if you're in, well, Europe, North America, various parts of Asia... Yeah, there's a reason it was called a World War, after all. If you happen to live in this world, do yourself a favour and read this book if you haven't already. It may not contain any stunning revelations about life, but you close the book at the end feeling a bit different than before.
Amy_Marie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The diary of Anne Frank was discovered in the secret Annex where she spent the last two years of her life. The diary is a true account of a young Jewish, German girl's experience growing up in the Netherlands during World War II. The diary ranges from typical teenage girl issues such as crushes, through her relationship with her family, to deep thoughts about loneliness, isolation, fear, and death. The diary ends abruptly, leaving readers to understand that she was discovered by the Nazi's and taken. Because of this fact, the subject matter is incredible mature and difficult. It is important for children to learn, but can oftentimes be hard to handle.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've loved this book since I first read it as a teen and it definitely holds up to repeated rereadings. Selma Blair does an admirable job of narrating, nailing both the sullen teenager and the unrequited optimism between which Anne fluctuates. Highly recommended.
aimless22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was about twelve when my mother gave me Anne Frank's book. At that time, I knew little if anything about the Holocaust or WWII. Anne's words introduced me to to the unimaginable Nazi polices and the horrible realities of war.Early in her diary, Anne calms the reader with one simple line, "Yet things were still bearable." What optimism this young woman possessed. She continues to display this quality throughout her writing. She believed that life is a good thing, a valued thing. She wrote about the future, her future. As a young girl myself, the simple act of reading Anne's words were an inspiration to me.
mssbluejay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a gift from my mother-in-law, purchased after visiting the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. I had never read it before. I waited to read it until before my trip to Amsterdam, where the Anne Frank House is located. The diary is well written and insightful. Anne makes as many observations about the world around her as she does about herself. It is a great read, if ultimately heartbreaking.
ACleveland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book was boring sorry to say but the girl was stuck in an attic for two years. there wasn't a lot to write about and even so her dad turned it into a book. a diary isn't something most people want to get published. just didn't enjoy it.
Carolfoasia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely beautiful. What a gifted writer who paints such a portrait of life in hiding. This Holocaust Remembrance Week, I mourn the loss of this wonder woman.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very imformative when it comes to learning about world war 2. But when it comes to her life it is very dull because what do you have to do if you are locked up so that means that what she writes is not much and is not exciting.