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One of the most famous and memorable accounts of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, ''The Diary of a Young Girl''[[note]]''Het Achterhuis'' in the original Dutch[[/note]], also known as ''The Diary of Anne Frank'', was the title given to the edited version of the diaries of Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (12 June 1929 – February or March 1945), a Jewish German schoolgirl living in Amsterdam. In 1942, Anne was given a diary notebook for her 13th birthday. By that point, [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Germany had already invaded]] and occupied the Netherlands for two years. At first, the Franks tried to live out the occupation, but as the genocidal intent of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and the Nazis became clear, Anne's father Otto built a secret shelter in the building where he worked (by that point, the country's borders were closed and travel for Jews was tightly regulated; leaving Amsterdam would have been impossible). On the 6th of July 1942, Anne's sister Margot received relocation orders to enter a [[BlatantLies "work"]] camp. The Franks, along with the Van Pels family and another Jewish friend, immediately moved into what would become known as the Secret Annex.

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One of the most famous and memorable accounts of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, ''The Diary of a Young Girl''[[note]]''Het Achterhuis'' (''The Secret Annex'') in the original Dutch[[/note]], also known as ''The Diary of Anne Frank'', was the title given to the edited version of the diaries of Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (12 June 1929 – February or March 1945), a Jewish German schoolgirl living in Amsterdam. In 1942, Anne was given a diary notebook for her 13th birthday. By that point, [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Germany had already invaded]] and occupied the Netherlands for two years. At first, the Franks tried to live out the occupation, but as the genocidal intent of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and the Nazis became clear, Anne's father Otto built a secret shelter in the building where he worked (by that point, the country's borders were closed and travel for Jews was tightly regulated; leaving Amsterdam would have been impossible). On the 6th of July 1942, Anne's sister Margot received relocation orders to enter a [[BlatantLies "work"]] camp. The Franks, along with the Van Pels family and another Jewish friend, immediately moved into what would become known as the Secret Annex.


* BiTheWay: There are passages in the unabridged edition where Anne admits to being excited by the female body and asks to feel a friend's breasts. As mentioned below, these were cut from the original publication, though at the time, it was likely done more because of the {{squick}} factor of Anne being in her early teens rather than any squeamishness about bisexuality. Her father was also one of the original editors, and it seems unlikely that he would want so many private thoughts from his daughter to be out in the open like that.

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* BiTheWay: There are passages in the unabridged edition where Anne admits to being excited by the female body and asks to feel a friend's breasts.breasts, while also saying she's in love with Peter. As mentioned below, these were cut from the original publication, though at the time, it was likely done more because of the {{squick}} factor of Anne being in her early teens rather than any squeamishness about bisexuality. Her father was also one of the original editors, and it seems unlikely that he would want so many private thoughts from his daughter to be out in the open like that.



* HideYourLesbians: Anne mentioned in her journal how she was attracted to a (female) friend, and even was aroused by the female form. This part was edited out, due to the stigma against same-sex attraction at the time (when usually acting on that was also illegal). Naturally it would only have added to the danger of the situation if the Nazis knew, since they persecuted LGBT people (though mostly gay men). Of course, since Frank and her family were Jewish that was enough to get them put in camps regardless.

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* HideYourLesbians: Anne mentioned in her journal how she was attracted to a (female) friend, and even was aroused by the female form. This part was edited out, due to the for her privacy or anti-LGBT stigma against same-sex attraction at the time (when usually acting on that was also illegal). Naturally it would only have added to the danger of the situation if the Nazis knew, since they persecuted LGBT people (though mostly gay men). Of course, since Frank and her family were Jewish that was enough to get them put in camps regardless.


One of the most famous and memorable accounts of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, ''The Diary of a Young Girl''[[note]]''Het Achterhuis'' in the original Dutch[[/note]], also known as ''The Diary of Anne Frank'', was the title given to the edited version of the diaries of Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (12 June 1929 – February or March 1945), a Jewish German schoolgirl living in Amsterdam. In 1942, Anne was given a diary notebook for her 13th birthday. By that point, [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Germany had already invaded]] and occupied the Netherlands for two years. At first, the Franks tried to live out the occupation, but as the genocidal intent of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and the Nazis became clear, Anne's father Otto built a secret shelter in the building where he worked. (By that point, the country's borders were closed and travel for Jews was tightly regulated; leaving Amsterdam would have been impossible.) On the 6th of July 1942, Anne's sister Margot received relocation orders to enter a [[BlatantLies "work"]] camp. The Franks, along with the Van Pels family and another Jewish friend, immediately moved into what would become known as the Secret Annex.

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One of the most famous and memorable accounts of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, ''The Diary of a Young Girl''[[note]]''Het Achterhuis'' in the original Dutch[[/note]], also known as ''The Diary of Anne Frank'', was the title given to the edited version of the diaries of Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (12 June 1929 – February or March 1945), a Jewish German schoolgirl living in Amsterdam. In 1942, Anne was given a diary notebook for her 13th birthday. By that point, [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Germany had already invaded]] and occupied the Netherlands for two years. At first, the Franks tried to live out the occupation, but as the genocidal intent of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and the Nazis became clear, Anne's father Otto built a secret shelter in the building where he worked. (By worked (by that point, the country's borders were closed and travel for Jews was tightly regulated; leaving Amsterdam would have been impossible.) impossible). On the 6th of July 1942, Anne's sister Margot received relocation orders to enter a [[BlatantLies "work"]] camp. The Franks, along with the Van Pels family and another Jewish friend, immediately moved into what would become known as the Secret Annex.



* BiTheWay: There are passages in the unabridged edition where Anne admits to being excited by the female body and asks to feel a friend's breasts. As mentioned below, these were cut from the original publication, though at the time, it was likely done more because of the {{Squick}} factor of Anne being in her early teens rather than any squeamishness about bisexuality. Her father was also one of the original editors, and it seems unlikely that he would want so many private thoughts from his daughter to be out in the open like that.

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* BiTheWay: There are passages in the unabridged edition where Anne admits to being excited by the female body and asks to feel a friend's breasts. As mentioned below, these were cut from the original publication, though at the time, it was likely done more because of the {{Squick}} {{squick}} factor of Anne being in her early teens rather than any squeamishness about bisexuality. Her father was also one of the original editors, and it seems unlikely that he would want so many private thoughts from his daughter to be out in the open like that.



* ClassifiedInformation: Miep Gies admitted that, had she read the diary when she retrieved it, she would have to have destroyed it, as contained the names of all five of the helpers as well as of their black-market suppliers.

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* ClassifiedInformation: Miep Gies admitted that, had she read the diary when she retrieved it, she would have to have destroyed it, as this contained the names of all five of the helpers as well as of their black-market suppliers.



* HideYourLesbians: Anne mentioned in her journal how she was attracted to a (female) friend, and even was aroused by the female form. This part was edited out, due to the stigma against same-sex attraction at the time (when usually acting on that was also illegal). Naturally it would only have added to the danger of the situation if the Nazis knew, since they persecuted LGBT people (though mostly gay men). Of course, since Frank and her family were Jewish that was enough to get them put in camps regardless.



* NoPeriodsPeriod: Anne eagerly anticipates the onset of her periods. A year later, having experienced them for real, she goes back through her diary and is embarrassed over how candid she was about the subject.

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* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted. Anne eagerly anticipates the onset of her periods. A year later, having experienced them for real, she goes back through her diary and is embarrassed over how candid she was about the subject.





As human nature would dictate, locking eight people in half of a townhouse under such stressful situations [[CabinFever meant that each of the occupants proceeded to get on everyone else's nerves]]. The diary abounds with morbidly funny tales of the occupants arguing over rations, radio channels, and people's cooking. They even argued over bathroom privileges, since any small mistake--such as a toilet flushing at the wrong time--could get everyone killed.

On top of the domestic melodrama, Anne also wrote about the teenage rebellion she could never act on, her confusion over puberty and budding sexuality, her deepest thoughts and philosophy, and her romance with the handsome Peter van Pels. The diary can sometimes sound like the writing of any teenage girl, albeit an insightful and interesting girl with excellent diction and writing skills, if you forget the whole hiding-from-the-Nazis situation.

The last entry in the diary was written on the 1st of August 1944. Three days later, the Grüne Polizei stormed the Annex. Everyone inside was sent to a concentration camp; Anne herself was sent to Auschwitz, then Bergen-Belsen, where she died of typhus in February or March 1945--about a month before that camp was liberated.

Of those who lived in the Annex, only Otto Frank survived Auschwitz and returned to Amsterdam. Miep Gies managed to save all of Anne's papers from the ransacked house. The book was first published in Dutch in 1947, then translated to English in 1952, and it has never left the public consciousness since. If you pull someone out of a crowd and ask them to name a Holocaust victim, they will probably name Anne Frank.

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As human nature would dictate, locking eight people in half of a townhouse under such stressful situations [[CabinFever meant that each of the occupants proceeded to get on everyone else's nerves]]. The diary abounds with morbidly funny tales of the occupants arguing over rations, radio channels, and people's cooking. They even argued over bathroom privileges, since any small mistake--such mistake -- such as a toilet flushing at the wrong time--could time - -could get everyone killed.

On top of the domestic melodrama, Anne also wrote about the teenage rebellion she could never act on, her confusion over puberty and budding sexuality, her deepest thoughts and philosophy, and her burgeoning romance with the handsome Peter van Pels. The diary can sometimes sound like the writing of any teenage girl, albeit an insightful and interesting girl with excellent diction and writing skills, if you forget the whole hiding-from-the-Nazis situation.

The last entry in the diary was written on the 1st of August 1944. Three days later, the Grüne Polizei stormed the Annex. Everyone inside was sent to a concentration camp; Anne herself was sent to Auschwitz, then Bergen-Belsen, where she died of typhus in February or March 1945--about 1945 -- barely a month before that camp was liberated.

Of those who lived in the Annex, only Otto Frank survived Auschwitz and returned to Amsterdam. Family friend and co-conspirator Miep Gies managed to save all of Anne's papers from the ransacked house.house, then convinced Otto that the world needed to know about what had happened. The book was first published in Dutch in 1947, then translated to English in 1952, and it has never left the public consciousness since. If you pull someone out of a crowd and ask them to name a Holocaust victim, they will probably name Anne Frank.



* FilleFatale: To Otto, Anne must have seemed like this when he read her diary: she frankly described examining her vulva to satisfy both her own curiosity and to tell Peter what it was like, along with pressing him for details about his penis and testicles. Needless to say, he had those sections excised, and it was only decades later that they were restored to the text.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Anne feels like she is [[BrattyTeenageDaughter the foolish one]] and Margot the shining example she should follow.



* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Anne feels like she is [[BrattyTeenageDaughter the foolish one]] and Margot the shining example she should follow.



%%* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Margot. %% Zero Context Example

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%%* * SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Margot. %% Zero Context ExampleMargot, who Anne regarded as being more intelligent than herself.


* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Margot.

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* %%* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Margot.Margot. %% Zero Context Example

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* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Margot.


* GenreShift: The diary does not begin with her family hiding in the attic. It begins with a girl receiving a blank diary for her thirteenth birthday, having a party, attending school, describing her friends...

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* GenreShift: The diary does not begin with her family hiding in the attic. It begins with a girl receiving a blank diary for her thirteenth birthday, having a party, attending school, describing her friends...friends…
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Anne feels like she is [[BrattyTeenageDaughter the foolish one]] and Margot the shining example she should follow.


* ClassifiedInformation: Miep Gies admitted that, had she read the diary, she would have to have destroyed it, as contained the names of all five of the helpers as well as of their black-market suppliers.

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* ClassifiedInformation: Miep Gies admitted that, had she read the diary, diary when she retrieved it, she would have to have destroyed it, as contained the names of all five of the helpers as well as of their black-market suppliers.

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* ClassifiedInformation: Miep Gies admitted that, had she read the diary, she would have to have destroyed it, as contained the names of all five of the helpers as well as of their black-market suppliers.


One of the most famous and memorable accounts of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, ''The Diary of a Young Girl''[[note]]''Het Achterhuis'' in the original Dutch[[/note]], also known as ''The Diary of Anne Frank'', was the title given to the edited version of the diaries of Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (12 June 1929 – February or March 1945), a Jewish German school girl living in Amsterdam. In 1942, Anne was given a diary notebook for her 13th birthday. By that point, [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Germany had already invaded]] and occupied the Netherlands for two years. At first, the Franks tried to live out the occupation, but as the genocidal intent of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and the Nazis became clear, Anne's father Otto built a secret shelter in the building where he worked. (By that point, the country's borders were closed and travel for Jews was tightly regulated; leaving Amsterdam would have been impossible.) On the 6th of July 1942, Anne's sister Margot received relocation orders to enter a [[BlatantLies "work"]] camp. The Franks, along with the Van Pels family and another Jewish friend, immediately moved into what would become known as the Secret Annex.

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One of the most famous and memorable accounts of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, ''The Diary of a Young Girl''[[note]]''Het Achterhuis'' in the original Dutch[[/note]], also known as ''The Diary of Anne Frank'', was the title given to the edited version of the diaries of Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (12 June 1929 – February or March 1945), a Jewish German school girl schoolgirl living in Amsterdam. In 1942, Anne was given a diary notebook for her 13th birthday. By that point, [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Germany had already invaded]] and occupied the Netherlands for two years. At first, the Franks tried to live out the occupation, but as the genocidal intent of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and the Nazis became clear, Anne's father Otto built a secret shelter in the building where he worked. (By that point, the country's borders were closed and travel for Jews was tightly regulated; leaving Amsterdam would have been impossible.) On the 6th of July 1942, Anne's sister Margot received relocation orders to enter a [[BlatantLies "work"]] camp. The Franks, along with the Van Pels family and another Jewish friend, immediately moved into what would become known as the Secret Annex.


* BiTheWay: There are passages in the unabridged edition where Anne admits to being excited by the female body and asks to feel a friend's breasts. As mentioned below, these were cut from the original publication, though at the time, it was likely done more because of the {{Squick}} factor of Anne being in her early teens rather than any squeamishness about bisexuality.
** To be fair, her father was also one of the original editors, and it seems unlikely that he would want so many private thoughts from his daughter to be out in the open like that.

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* BiTheWay: There are passages in the unabridged edition where Anne admits to being excited by the female body and asks to feel a friend's breasts. As mentioned below, these were cut from the original publication, though at the time, it was likely done more because of the {{Squick}} factor of Anne being in her early teens rather than any squeamishness about bisexuality.
** To be fair, her
bisexuality. Her father was also one of the original editors, and it seems unlikely that he would want so many private thoughts from his daughter to be out in the open like that.


* DownerEnding: Of those who hid in the Annex, [[SoleSurvivor only Otto Frank survived the Holocaust]].



* DownerEnding: Of those who hid in the Annex, [[SoleSurvivor only Otto Frank survived the Holocaust]].

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* EverybodyHatesMathematics: Anne can't stand math. At one point, when a vase is knocked over and water spills on her table, she's upset that her notebooks are ruined, and equally upset that her algebra book isn't.

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* SacredFirstKiss: Anne regards the date of her first kiss with Peter as a very important day in her life (even though it was a kiss on the cheek, not on the mouth).


* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Anyone with a passing knowledge of World War II knows exactly what is going to happen to everyone in the Secret Annex before reading the diary.

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