My Throwback Thursday:
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Published in 1947
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with 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, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" 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 amusing, 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.
Why did I pick this book? When I was fourteen, the same age as Anne Frank, my mother handed me this book. At that age, I was a spoiled and snotty young girl. This book really opened my eyes of how a young girl, like myself, was trying to grow up during a horrific time. I have read The Diary of a Young Girl several times and each time it leaves a lasting mark on me. I know when my daughters turn fourteen I will have them read it as well.