Discussion Topics

How does the diary format help readers feel like the writer is a good friend?

What details does Anne Frank share about herself that make her seem like an ordinary teenager?

What passages in the diary are particularly effective in making readers aware of the effects of prejudice?

How do the residents of the annex cope with the stress of life in hiding and of sharing tight living quarters with so many other people?

How does Frank place her family’s problems in the larger context of Adolf Hitler’s effort to eliminate the Jewish people?

Frank revised passages of her diary with publication in mind. What evidence is found in the text that she was thinking about an outside audience?


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition. Edited by Otto Frank and Miriam Pressler. New York: Doubleday, 1995. Contains passages from two versions of Frank’s diary entries in addition to the original text published in English in 1951.

Frank, Anne. Tales from the Secret Annex. Translated by Ralph Manheim and Michel Mok. 1949. Reprint. New York: Bantam, 1994. A collection of Frank’s short stories, an unfinished novel, fables, personal narratives, and excerpts from her diary excluded from the original published version.

Gies, Miep, and Alison Gold. Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of Miep Gies Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family. London: Corgi, 1988. A vital retelling by the heroic woman who protected the Franks and saved Anne’s diary.

Gold, Alison Leslie. Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend. New York: Scholastic Press, 1997. The recollections of Hannah Pick-Goslar, one of Frank’s childhood friends who was also imprisoned with Anne and Margot Frank in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Includes photographs.

Lindwer, Willy. Last Seven Months of Anne Frank. Translated by Alison Meersschaert. New York: Pantheon, 1991. Presents interviews with Anne’s friends at Bergen-Belsen who witnessed her deterioration and death....

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