The Diary of a Young Girl is an awe-inspiring and heart rendering true-life story of a Jewish girl-Anne Frank, and the horrors she experienced during the Second World War. It is a touching and poignant recollection of the dark history of the Second World War.
A brief summary of this true-life story starts with the Nazis occupying Holland in 1942.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 disclosed to the Gestapo, the Franks and the Van Daans lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe”, as Anne called it, 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.
Because of the emotion and danger portrayed in this journal, I feel that it would be best understood by students in the adolescent phase. The vivid portraits so colorfully and artfully depicted in this journal would help these students to understand the trauma and electrifying fear that some people undergo, and the immense bravado they display to overcome it.
This would help the students realize how much more better their lives are- rather than hiding behind tinted windows with a handful of cutlery and black bread to eat, with impending doom all around you, unable to scream, and no one to trust.
A lot of students tend to undermine the worth of their existence, believing that most others are superior to them, thus losing their self confidence and developing an inferiority complex. It is solely for this reason that I feel that this life experience, depicted in the book- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank so that they would understand that not only they have undergone hardships of the same nature.
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