A book that has made a significant difference in my life is The Diary of a Young Girl; also know as The Diary of Anne Frank. This is a non-fiction novel based off the life of a young girl named Anne Frank.
This diary recalls her and her family’s experience while in hiding for two years during the Holocaust. The Franks along with their friends, the Dussels, went into hiding in the office above Mr. Frank’s store after the Germans invaded the Netherlands in 1940. Mr. Frank’s employees kept them supplied with food, medicine, and news from the outside world. Anne Frank and her family were betrayed to the Nazis in 1944 and arrested. Anne Frank later died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
Her father, Otto Frank, later found her diary. He was the only known survivor of the family. Immediately after her diary was published, there was controversy over its authenticity. At the time, parts were cut out that were anti-German. But eventually in 1981, the Dutch state issued a certificate of authentication, which made all doubts come to rest. After publication, five pages were found that had been given to Mr. Frank’s close friend Cor Suijk that he did not want published. These pages depicted Anne’s parents’ marriage. Mr. Frank did not want anyone to see these depictions.
I read this book in high school for class, and it immediately made an impact on me and has ever since. I believe it had such a strong impact on me because until that age, I knew what the Holocaust was but was not fully aware of its ramifications. After reading this book and seeing how hard life was for Anne and her family, it really made me feel so sad for her, her family, and all of those who went through the Holocaust. I think that since this book is written by a young person, it is easier for younger students to understand the Holocaust. Now, more than 50 years later, the book has not lost its significance. This book helps younger generations understand the Holocaust. This book can also target young girls who are struggling with adolescence, low self-esteem and confidence, and their emotions.