Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl: Genre & Background

Instructor: Rachel Noorda
Anne Frank's diary is one of the most famous pieces of literature from the Holocaust. This lesson discusses Anne Frank's diary: the background leading to the diary's creation and publication, and the genre of ''Diary of a Young Girl''.

Who Was Anne Frank?

Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1929. Anne and her family were Jewish. She was born to Otto and Edith Frank, and she had one older sister named Margot. When Anne was only four years old, she moved with her family to Amsterdam, Netherlands where she spent her childhood.

Statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Background of Diary of a Young Girl

Diary of a Young Girl is the title given to Anne Frank's diary that she kept while she and her family were hiding in a secret apartment during the Holocaust. The Holocaust is a term for the murder of millions of Jews by the Nazis during World War II. Because Anne and her family were Jewish, they were forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust to protect themselves. They stayed with another Jewish family in a secret apartment above Otto Frank's business, accessed only behind a bookcase.

The bookcase covering the hiding place of the Franks

Anne Frank is thirteen years old when the diary begins, the age she was when she and her family went into hiding. The diary ends when Anne is fifteen, just a few days before her family and their hiding place was discovered by the Nazis and her family is sent to concentration camps. Anne, Margot and Edith died in concentration camps, but Otto Frank survived and published Anne's diary.

The house where Anne Frank and her family hid

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