The Diary of a Young Girl
|Author:||Ana Frank; Susan Massotty (Translator); Elie Wiesel; Otto Frank (Editor); Mirjam Pressler (Editor)|
|Series:||Penguin Modern Classics Ser.|
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.
Praise for The Diary of a Young Girl
"A truly remarkable book."--The New York Times
"One of the most moving personal documents to come out of World War II."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl, a testament to an indestructible nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil."--Chicago Tribune
"The single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust . . . remains astonishing and excruciating."--The New York Times Book Review
"How brilliantly Anne Frank captures the self-conscious alienation and na ve self-absorption of adolescence."--Newsday
Elie Wiesel (1928 - 2016) was born in Sighet, Transylvania, which is now part of Romania. He was fifteen years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. After the war, Elie Wiesel studied in Paris and later became a journalist. During an interview with the distinguished French writer, Francois Mauriac, he was persuaded to write about his experiences in the death camps. The result was his internationally acclaimed memoir, La Nuit or Night, which has since been translated into more than thirty languages.