Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.
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Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician and humanitarian, and, as the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, is recognized as the longest-serving first lady of the United States (1933-1945.) Born into the prominent Roosevelt family, Eleanor was raised in privilege by her grandmother following the death of her parents. Educated overseas, Roosevelt returned home to the United States and married her fifth cousin once removed, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1905. Influenced by her husband's success in politics, Roosevelt made regular public appearances and held her own press conferences while first lady.
Following Franklin's death in 1945, Roosevelt remained active in politics, and became one of the first delegates to the United Nations, as well as participating in the UN Commission on Human Rights and in John F. Kennedy's Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. She also penned numerous memoirs and articles, including the autobiographies This Is My Story, This I Remember, and On My Own. Eleanor Roosevelt died in 1962 at the age of 78. Roosevelt, along with her husband Franklin Delano and uncle Theodore, is the subject of the 2014 Ken Burns documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.
"The new edition reveals a new depth to Anne's dreams, irritations, hardship, and passions…There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl, a testament to an indestructivle nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil."—Chicago Tribune