Anne’s account of the past, but also the present

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Apr 21, 2017-This winter vacation, I was able to fulfill my long standing desire to read The Diary of a Young Girl. Written by Anne Frank and translated into more than 60 languages, this book is one of the bestselling books ever, having sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. In the diary, Anne records the life of a middle class Jewish-family that went into hiding during the World War II when anti-Jewish laws were implemented and many Jews were taken to different concentration camps.

In her diary, Anne has written all about her feelings, emotions, love and hate and also about what she felt while in the hiding for so long. It also dives into the problems that they faced like hunger, boredom, fights and the constant fear of being found. Anne received the diary as a present on her birthday on June 12, 1942 from her father. Starting from her birthday, the diary then records all the incidents that happened in her life time. Anne writes about her hobby of reading, writing stories and making family trees. This book gives us glimpse of the period of war, which is not much different from the stories we still hear from many countries like Syria, Afghanistan and many others.  

This book also gives us an insight into the feelings—the things that she becomes curios about and the thoughts she has—of a young girl of 14 in such harsh conditions. It tells us about how a freedom loving girl who loves to sit beside nature is trapped behind a book case to save herself from the cruel outer world that is willing to take it from her just because she was born under a certain faith. People know that even though a person’s opinion, belief and traditions may be different, the same red blood flows in every person’s body. When Anne was trapped behind the bookcase she began to hate the Germans for inflicting such cruelty upon her family and her people but still had no way to deal with it because the war had spiraled out 

of control.

The same thing is happening today in war-torn countries, where people, mostly children, have started to develop a feeling of hatred and negativity and yet have to be silent because of the fear. Because of what happened in Nazi Germany Anne could not go to school. The same is true for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of children today.

All the while I was reading the book I did not feel like I was reading the diary of Anne, but rather a diary of children living in the present. I was hooked to the diary and I did not want to finish reading it as it is such an interesting and remarkable book that describes both our past and some of our present life. 

The presentation and writing of the diary is so honest and excellent that the scene of Anne hiding behind the bookcase would just dance around my eyes when I read it. I would like to recommend all my school-going friends to read this great book as it will help you understand not just a crucial part of history, but also our present world, and maybe even the future, even though we hope not!

Jaya Ghimire

Grade  8

Sainik Awasiya Mahavidyalaya, Bhaktapur

Published: 21-04-2017 07:49

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