The Diary of a Young Girl
Preface by Elie Wiesel
Edited by Otto H. Frank and Mirjam Pressler
Translated by Susan Massotty
The Folio Society’s definitive edition of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, illustrated with family photographs and featuring the binding design from her original diary.
For more than two years, the Franks and another Jewish family lived like ghosts in a secret annexe at the back of an office building in Amsterdam. The diary Anne Frank kept of her time in hiding still captivates the world.
‘One of the most moving stories that anyone, anywhere, has managed to tell about World War II’
- Time Magazine
A ‘great source of comfort and support’, Anne's diary was her only true confidant; in which she mused on life, love, books, the trials of adolescence and her ambitions to become a writer. She documents the stresses and strains of close confinement in the Secret Annexe – how the daylight hours were passed in near-silence, behind closed curtains and usually without running water; how in the relative freedom of the evenings their company would huddle around the wireless for news of the war, take baths, and receive visits from trusted ‘helpers’. Anne is at times as precocious and self-absorbed as any ordinary teenager – ‘Mother's grumbling at me again … what do I care!’ – at others frighteningly perceptive about the perils of her family's situation - ‘Terrible things are happening outside. At any time of night and day, poor helpless people are being dragged out of their homes.’ They too were finally discovered by the Nazis. Anne Frank died of typhus at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, a few months shy of her 16th birthday.
For its spirit of youth, humanity and optimism and for its symbolism of the tragedy of millions, The Diary of a Young Girl is one of the 20th century’s most powerful books. The binding of this Folio Society edition replicates the design of Anne’s original diary and restores the full text to the complete and unabridged version. Twenty photographs vividly depict the Frank family and their hiding place, while the book’s endpapers reproduce pages from the original diary.
‘A testament to an indestructible nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil’
- Chicago Tribune
Quarter-bound in buckram printed with the fabric design of the original diary
Set in Walbaum
Frontispiece, 12 pages of black & white plates and one floor plan
Slipcase with printed label
8½˝ x 7˝