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Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in the middle of 1942. Her diary covers the period from July of 1942 until August of 1944, when the entries break off, indicating that this is when the family's hiding place was discovered and she was taken off to a concentration camp where she died. So she remained in this crowded hideaway for approximately two years, keeping a young girl's diary which she had no idea would one day be read by millions and would come to be regarded as a literary classic as well as a valuable historical record. The war ended in 1945, and the reader of the diary cannot help but wish that the sensitive, intelligent, idealistic young girl had only managed to stay in hiding for one more year.
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