She and her family, along with four others, spent25 months during World War II in an annex of rooms above her father’s office inAmsterdam, the Netherlands. During the two years in hiding which Anne refers toas ;a time when the ideals are being shattered and destroyed, when theworst side of human nature predominates, when every one has come to doubt truth,justice and God (pg. 327). ; Anne kept a diary that was given to her by herfather, Otto Frank, on her birthday.
Between June 1942 and August 1944, fromAnne’s thirteenth birthday until shortly after her fifteenth birthday, Annerecorded her feelings, her emotions, and her thoughts, as well as the eventsthat happened to her. "Ideas, dreams, and cherished hopes rise withinus only to meet the horrible truth and be shatteredyet in spite of everythingI still believe that people are really good at heart (pg. 327). " The diaryis an accurate record of the way Anne grows up and matures, in the unfortunatesituation she found herself. Given the circumstances in which the novel iswritten Anne gave a very vivid description of her surroundings and the feelingsshe encountered throughout her ordeal. The novel displays the grief andfrustration that is experienced throughout the time spent in hiding.
Theemotions of the situation are captured in the text and gives validity to thepain and frustration encountered. Despite the amusing and enlightening side ofthe diary, that documents the process of her adolescence, it also provides avividly terrifying description of what it was like to be Jewish hiding duringthe time the Nazis sought to kill all the Jews in Europe. After two years ofliving in the "secret annex", behind a bookcase, and having to beextremely quite during the day so that the workers in the office and warehousebelow could not hear them the family was captured. The betrayal of Anne and herfamily to the Nazis and their placement under arrest lead to their deportationto concentration camps. In an entry on August 1, 1944, Anne confides to herdiary an analysis of her situation.
She concludes that her behavior has been afront during her years in hiding to help her cope with the people surroundingher. Nine months after her arrest, Anne wrote that "if only there wereno other people in the world (pg. 331). " The writings give Anne’s thoughtwishful pretense that if no one else were in the world, that the pain andsuffering would end. Anne gives readers a sense of truth and honesty about hersituation that allows the reader to experience her life as a stubborn,touchingly vulnerable teenager who one minute is in love with the world and thenext detached. This book is an extraordinary piece of work written by a youngwoman finding her way in captivity.
Anne was an immensely gifted writer and aperson of great sensitivity. She shows her depth through emotions as well as byabsolving the feeling of others and communicating them through writing. Anne’strue personality is brought to life on every page and allows the reader to feelas though they actually know her. Whether enthralled in the heights of ecstasyover her budding fascination with Peter Van Dann, another teen hiding in the"annex", or drowning in the depths of despair over her life in hiding,Anne would always confide her private thoughts and interest in her diary.
Anne’svivid writing allows the reader to experience second hand what it was like to bea teenage Jewish girl confined to an inside world with little resources exceptnecessities to survive. The detail in which her story is told gives light to thetalents and emotions a young mind experienced as she deals with traumaticsituations. For its insights into the life of a German-Jewish child living inGermany during Nazi occupation, The Diary of Anne Franks, offers a vivid,realistic view of how a family tries to escape Nazi concentration camps. .