Anne Frank

by: Csilla Kormendi
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Table of Contents

1. Summary & Themes (you are here)
2. Notes and Quotes
3. Glossary
4. Character List

When Anne Frank sat down with her diary, she could never have imagined the impact her words would have on generations of readers. By the end of the 1980's, sixteen million copies of her diary had been sold worldwide, and it remains the most often read primary account of the Holocaust. On July 15th, 1944, Frank writes, ‘‘I feel the suffering of millions.'' She had no idea that her story would become the unlikely testament of those millions of people.
A self-described clown, Anne Frank had no close friends with whom she could be completely open, so she invented one in the persona of "Kitty," to whom her diary entries are addressed to. Although Anne Frank's diary contains nothing of her experience at Bergen-Belsen (the concentration camp where she and her sister died), it does provide an altogether close idea of the Jewish suffering during the Holocaust.
After the Secret Annex was invaded, the pages of Anne Frank's diary were left scattered on the floor. Miep Gies, one of the people who had assisted the hidings for over two years, discovered the pages and kept them safe. When Otto Frank (Anne's father) returned as the only survivor, Miep gave him the diary. Having just learned that Anne had died, Otto Frank found reading the diary very painful. At the urging of his friends, he decided to publish the diary after deleting certain entries he thought were inappropriate for worldspread release. The Dutch version was published in 1947, and the English translation was first published in 1952 with an introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. After Otto Frank's death in 1980, a complete version including the previously omitted content was released.

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These are the stars the Jewish wore during the holocaust.


War and Suffering: Even though Anne claims to despise politics, she can't help but become caught up in the war forming around her. It is the war, after all, that is responsible for her family's living situation. The adults in the annex, speak constantly about the war and their prospects after the war. Throughout the diary, the phrase "after the war..." hangs over the book, an un-granted wish of every annex resident. Towards the end of the diary, when the Allies begin making great progress against Germany, Anne's diary entries document every battle and every landing.

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