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Anne Frank is the most well-known victim of the Holocaust. In 1945, at the age of 15, she died at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, becoming one of the six million Jews who were murdered in Europe under the Nazi regime. But through her writing, her memory lives on. Her Diary of a Young Girl remains one of the most widely read nonfiction books in the world, and was described as "one of the greatest books of the last century". Anne started keeping a diary shortly before she went into hiding with her family in 1942, and over the course of two years she honed her craft as a writer, documenting the details of their daily lives alongside her personal reflections, fears, and aspirations. By chance, the majority of her writings were saved after the family was arrested and in 1947, after much deliberation, her father, Otto, oversaw the publication of the first edition of her diary in the Netherlands. Within a decade, it had become an international best seller.

First adapted for both stage and screen in the 1950s, awareness and readership of Anne's diary continued to grow and its author became a household name, gradually acquiring something of a symbolic status. Seventy years on, The Diary of a Young Girl still resonates just as powerfully with young and old readers alike. Jemma Saunders goes beyond Anne's diary to fill in the gaps about her family history, her life before she went into hiding, and her final months at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. A sobering tale, Anne Frank's story is one that will continue to inspire for decades to come.

Jemma J Saunders works at the University of Birmingham. She is also the author of The Holocaust: History in an Hour.

©2015 Jemma J. Saunders (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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utter madness and sadness

everyone should listen and understand just how man has dominated man to his harm . the Bible is correct.

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Would recommend this, to give the reader a touchingly human account of her and her life.

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The amazing young lady that lost her life so young Anna Frank

This book doesn’t go into too much detail about who the young lady was although it’s a brief explanation of her life and growing up during the war at such an important part of her life. It’s a true legacy she left behind for her and her loved ones. RIP

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Not as described

This audio doesn’t have anything from Anne’s real diary , although the narrators voice is calming I found that listening to facts while Was bored wasn’t going to keep me occupied. Thank you very much for wasting my money and getting me and my mum into an argument about money although it’s not expensive I find it very deceptive

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An outstanding account of Anne's life.

The book was well written and engaging. Brought me to tears. I was on the edge of my seat throughout, even though I knew already the story. Great work!

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  • Andrew Glenn
  • 26-11-20

Beautiful

This book brought me to tears. I wish people these days would study history. They would learn so much, and respect those who suffered in the Holocaust so much more. Nothing can compare to that time in history.

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  • Beverly
  • 04-05-21

Deep

I read this as a preteen in the 70’s. My heart broke for her and all Jewish lives lost, tortured and the families.
Listening to the reading was a treat & very well done. I lived it with them in the performance of Joanna Daniels

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  • Fran
  • 17-08-21

Anne Frank’s

I pray for these things to never happen again!!
What an industrialist person Anne was. I never knew until I heard this book that her name was pronounced Ann a

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  • R. G. Pickering
  • 15-08-21

Excellent biography

This book about the life of Anne Frank is very informative. It is also mixed with sadness as I knew her fate at the same time as I was enjoying her development and discoveries.

It reminds me that each person has a purpose in life. She definitely fulfilled hers.

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  • 08-08-22

Interesting to listen to

I selected this hoping that this was more about the diary... but it was good to hear the story.

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  • Deb S
  • 07-06-22

An Amazing Young Woman

a definite read for all. So much to learn from her will to survive and overcome such a terrible time in our history.

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  • Chuck
  • 14-04-22

Never Forget

This was incredible. This is something everyone should read. This was a documentary that described the life of Anne Frank and her diary and it's contents.

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  • Barbara N. Larson
  • 06-03-22

War's Tragedies

This book is so worth listening to because it brings out what War does to innocent people & the Narrator does a superb job at making this book very interesting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-21

glad I got this one.

This story was fascinating with the aspect of surrounding the surrounding the history prior to what we have all learned about her. I found it to be a very great story to follow along with.

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  • Isis4211
  • 12-12-21

Wow

Honestly, after living in the U.S.A. for the past few years, this was a horrifying story. I was able to relate with the characters in such a way that I was able to imagine the social aspects of life that are discriminated against today as if it was being Jewish then. A horrifying dystopian story. I felt such loss listening to this story. I thought I had read everything about Anne Frank, but I still learned something here. I would recommend this to anyone interested, even vaguely.