The Diary of Anne Frank

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Web Sites — Anne Frank's Diary and Writing

Web Sites — The Legacy of Anne Frank




Related Organizations

Web Sites — Organizations

The Anne Frank Center USA
The Anne Frank Center USA, a partner organization of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, uses the diary and spirit of Anne Frank to educate young people about racism, discrimination and intolerance.

Anne Frank House
The website of the Anne Frank House — now a museum in Amsterdam — presents a richly illustrated, interactive history of Anne Frank and the hiding place in which she wrote her diary. Links to international traveling exhibitions on Anne Frank and a broad range of activities are also included.

Anne Frank Foundation
Established in 1963 by Otto Frank, the Anne Frank Foundation works to preserve and promote the legacy of Anne Frank. The Foundation's website includes an extensive archive of news articles, background on the diary and its various editions and a photo gallery.

Web Sites — General Interest

Anne Frank Guide
This resource guide, produced by the Anne Frank House, includes photos and biographical background on Anne Frank and her family; information on World War II and the Holocaust; a detailed timeline that juxtaposes key dates in Anne Frank's life with events in World War II; suggestions for projects and a gallery of student work inspired by Anne Frank's story.

The Anne Frank Internet Guide
This guide presents an in-depth collection of Web resources on Anne Frank, with sections on Anne Frank's life, diary, and background; organizations related to Anne and her family; teaching materials; and listings of books, articles, and films.

Anne Frank Channel on YouTube
The official YouTube channel of Anne Frank, this video resource contains the only known existing film footage of Anne Frank (shot during the wedding of her neighbor on July 22, 1941); an interview with Nelson Mandela, who reflects on the strength he took from reading Anne Frank's diary and a collection of photos.

Miep Gies, An Unsung Heroine
This site, dedicated to the Dutch woman who risked her life to hide Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, includes photos and an extensive collection of links.

Web Sites — Anne Frank's Diary and Writing

Anne Frank the Writer: An Unfinished Story This online exhibit created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum showcases, through sound and images, the short stories, fairytales, essays and the beginnings of a novel written by Anne Frank.

The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition Online
The complete text of Anne Frank's diary and her revisions available for free.

Readers' Companion to The Diary of Anne Frank

This guide offers background information, timelines, a glossary, historical context and study questions that situate Anne Frank's diary within the broader framework of World War II.

Freedom to Read: Bannings and Burnings in History

This selective timeline of book bannings, burnings and other censorship activities shows that some of the most controversial books in history are now regarded as classics. Among them is The Diary of Anne Frank.

Web Sites — The Legacy of Anne Frank

Anne Frank Tree
This interactive monument encourages students to create and share drawings, photos, poems, and stories inspired by Anne Frank's diary.


Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition, edited by Otto H. Frank and Mirjam Pressler and translated by Susan Masotty (Anchor Books, 1996).
This expanded edition of Anne Frank's diary — described by The New York Times as "the single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust" — restores a significant amount of material that was omitted from the original edition.

David, Kati. A Child's War: World War II Through the Eyes of Children (Avon Books, 1989).
Journalist Kati David examines various experiences of children during World War II.

Freedom Writers, with Erin Gruwell. The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them (Broadway Books, 1999).
This nonfiction account tells the story of a group of at-risk students in Long Beach, Calif., who were inspired by Anne Frank to create their own diaries in which they explore intolerance and discover parallels between their own lives as contemporary teens and that of Anne Frank. In 2007, the book was adapted into a film starring Hilary Swank.

Gies, Miep. Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family (Simon and Schuster, 1988).
The memoir of Miep Gies and her experiences helping the residents of the secret annex.

Holliday, Laurel. Children in the Holocaust and World War II: Their Secret Diaries (Washington Square Press, 1995).
In this collection of diaries written by children of diverse backgrounds across Nazi-occupied Europe, young boys and girls recount their experiences of the Holocaust.

Kopf, Hedda Rosner. Understanding Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents (Greenwood Press, 1997).
This comprehensive collection of readings includes chapters on the diary as literature; the Frank Family; Jews in Holland; and antisemitism in modern Germany.

Kustanowitz, Esther. The Hidden Children of the Holocaust: Teens Who Hid from the Nazis (Rosen Publishing Group, 2002).
This book presents first-person accounts of teenagers whose experiences parallel those of Anne Frank.

Prose, Francine. Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife (HarperCollins, 2009).
Described by The New York Times as "an elegant study both edifying and entertaining," this book characterizes Anne Frank's diary as "a consciously crafted work of literature" that Anne revised extensively, in the hope that it would someday reach a wide audience. In addition to analyzing Anne's artistry as a writer, Prose argues that the diary's complexities were lost in the "silly and shallow" version of the story that debuted on Broadway in 1955 and in the Hollywood film adaptation of 1959.

Zapruder, Alexandra. Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust (paperback edition, Yale University Press, 2004).
This anthology of 14 diaries written by teenagers from all over Europe sheds some light on the personal lives of young people during the Holocaust. Each of the diaries is preceded by some background information about the author and notes on the historical context of the entries.


"Anne Frank's Message for Modern Times"

In this essay, Gillian Walnes, director of the Anne Frank Trust, reviews the new television adaptation of Anne Frank's diary — which she argues "speaks to today's young people [and] strips Anne of her sainthood" — and discusses the global reach of Anne's story, along with its potential to challenge stereotypes and foster tolerance.

"The Controversy over Anne Frank's Legacy"

This article by Tom Nugend discusses the ongoing fascination with Anne Frank's diary, as well as the dangers of relying exclusively on the diary for an understanding of the Holocaust.

"Culpeper County Public Schools Pulls Explicit Text"

This article, from a local newspaper in Virginia, describes the 2010 banning of The Diary of Anne Frank by the Culpeper County public schools.

"The Girl Who Broke the World's Heart: How Anne Frank's Story is Being Brought to Life in a Major TV Drama"
This article from London's Daily Mail presents interviews with star Ellie Kendrick and several of the other actors featured in the new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank.

"My part in Anne Frank's Diary..."
In this series of journal entries published in London's Daily Mail, British screenwriter Deborah Moggach describes the emotions she experienced as she adapted Anne Frank's diary and watched her screenplay being filmed.


America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference
This American Experience documentary highlights the social and political factors that caused the U.S. government to ignore Jewish victims of the Holocaust until 1944. The impact of the government's inaction is made personal through the story of Kurt Klein, a German-American Jew who struggled to free his parents from Europe. A teacher's guide, primary-source documents, and other resources are available online (PBS Video, 85 minutes).

Anne Frank Remembered.
This Academy Award-winning documentary, directed by Jon Blair, combines newsreels, home-movie footage, photographs, and interviews to present an in-depth portrait of Anne Frank. (Sony Pictures Classics, 117 minutes).

Related Organizations

Facing History and Ourselves
Known for creating comprehensive curricula on the Holocaust, civil rights, genocide, and human rights, Facing History and Ourselves offers classroom strategies, resources, lesson plans, online modules, and professional development that help classrooms and communities link the past to moral choices today.

Facing History has created Be the Change, an interactive website for students. Be the Change: Upstanders for Human Rights, presents the stories of young activists from around the world who have used nonviolent means to create positive change in their countries.

Anti-Defamation League
Dedicated to fighting antisemitism and all forms of bigotry in the United States and abroad, the Anti-Defamation League provides resources on combating hate, bullying, and extremism, along with materials on religious freedom, civil rights, and Holocaust education.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, promote human dignity, and prevent genocide.

Partners Against Hate
A collaboration of the Anti-Defamation League, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund and the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, Partners Against Hate features resources aimed at combating youth-initiated hate violence.

Teaching Tolerance
A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, this site offers resources, teaching materials, and a quarterly magazine (Teaching Tolerance) dedicated to reducing prejudice and to anti-bias education. The organization also offers free teaching kits, including One Survivor Remembers, which tells the story of Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein — who has been called "the Anne Frank who lived."

The above resources were adapted from the Masterpiece Anne Frank teachers' guide.

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