The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
Good morning Principal, teachers and students. Today I would like to recommend a book to you.
There are always some books you read, no matter how many years ago, would retain in your memories for quite some time.
I remembered reading this book when I was in Form 3- my classmate recommended this book to me.
As a teenage girl, well, back at that time, I was always interested in how others’ lives, especially those of similar age as me, were different from mine, so I like reading real life stories. That was the reason I read this all-time world classic – The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.
My emotions of reading this book still stay on my mind after all those years.
Before I start introducing this book, let me ask you a few questions:
As a teenager,
1. Do you always want to hang out with your friends? Shopping, watching movies, escaping from parents?
2. Have you ever imagined yourself getting into a relationship- having a beautiful girlfriend or handsome boyfriend?
3. Are you looking forward to becoming an adult?
4. Are you curious about what future holds for you?
5. However, could you imagine yourself living in a confined area? A very small and dark place for at least a year? You couldn’t go out, and, you are not allowed to make noise at all?
6. If you were given this hope constantly by your parents that you could leave this dark place one day; yet, at the end, you couldn’t. Your promise was cut short. How would you feel?
This book is written by a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl- Anne Frank while she spent her last years of her life. Of course, at that time, she did not know that was indeed her last years on Earth. She was just like all of you- a normal teenager at that time.
Her whole family and she had to hide and live in the “Secret Annex” of an old office. They were totally cut off from the outside world. If they were discovered, they all had to die. Why? Back in 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland in the Second World War, the Jews had to hide from others to avoid being killed.
Anne Frank’s diary recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period.
She is a sensitive, thoughtful yet spirited young lady. She wrote about her hope, expectation, hunger, boredom, worries and fear. Her words are moving and humorous.
I remembered completely mesmerizing into her world when I was reading her diary. She is like one of the distant friends I know.
Sadly, her Jewish family and she all died when their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, who are the secret police of the Nazi period in Germany.
Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic. It’s a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and proof of the human spirit. I strongly recommend this book to all of you.