Books Similar to Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Anne Frank's 'Diary of a Young Girl' is a poignant nonfiction story of a young lady who hid from the Nazi's for two years before she was found, captured, and eventually died. Although one of the very first of it's kind, there are many other rich diary literature available.

Diary of Anne Frank

Anne Frank, a young Jewish teenager in Germany, received a diary from her parents for her 13th birthday. The diary was then taken with Anne when she and her family went and hid in the Secret Annex for two years. During that time she wrote about the fears and trials of staying in hiding, while also notating phrases and pieces from her favorite books. After two years she and her family were captured and sent to a concentration camp. The diary was left behind in the hands of Anne's fathers friend, Miep Gies, who gave it back once her father survived the camps. Unfortunately, Anne and her sister died of typhus while imprisoned, and their mother also died of sickness. Her diary sold over 30 million copies.

Anne Frank

Similar Books from World War II

The diary-type story is popular because of its way of reporting day to day and for the personal and intimate writing. There are many stories like Anne Frank's Diary that cover other young women's trials during World War II.

Edith's Story: The True Story of a Young Girl's Courage and Survival During World War II by Edith Velmans-Van Hessen

  • This novel is also nonfiction and based on a young Dutch Jewish girl who was shipped off to a Protestant family to pretend to be another girl with another name. The book has diary elements, but there are also letters and then the author's reflections on the times she endured when she was young.

I Have Lived 1,000 Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust by Livia Bitton Jackson

  • Livia was 13 when she and her family were taken to a Jewish Ghetto, but then eventually sent to Auschwitz. This book is not written in a diary format but it recalls the experiences of being Jewish and young in a war torn country.

Your Name is Renee by Stacy Cretzmeyer

  • This is another account of a young girl living in France during the holocaust. Her name, Ruth Kapp, revealed her Jewish heritage, so she was told to go by Renee, which sounded French. She was split from her family and sent to an orphanage where she was connected to no one and nothing. This story is written in first person accounts.

Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust by Alexandra Zapruder

  • This book is a collection of different pages and pieces of young kids diaries during the Holocaust. They have it sectioned of for each child, showing different viewpoints and horrors they had to endure.

Similar Diary Non-Fiction

Zlata's Diary by Zlata Filipovic

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