The Diary of a Young Girl, written between 1942 and 1944, is probably the most famous personal diary ever published and one of the most important literary works of the Second World War. It was written by a teenage Jewish girl whose family was forced into hiding in Amsterdam during the German occupation. It is a work which is given extra pathos by the fact that we know something which the author did not know -- that her family's hiding place would be discovered and that she would end up being captured and ultimately killed in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The diary paints a touching and honest account of the feelings and experiences of an ordinary girl growing up in extraordinary circumstances. The everyday concerns of an adolescent girl - family relationships, boyfriends, hopes and dreams for the future - are contrasted with the horrific details of a secret life in hiding under constant fear of discovery. The book has become an important landmark in Jewish literature and history, as well as a powerful weapon against bigotry and racism.Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt-am-Main on 12th June 1929. Her parents were Jewish and she had a sister three years older than herself. In 1933 the family fled from Germany to escape persecution by the Nazis and her father found a position as a manager in a company in Amsterdam. Anne was given a diary for her thirteenth birthday and began writing in it the next day. She had a passion for writing and mentions in her diary that she plans to become a writer or journalist when she grows up. Anne managed to keep her diary going throughout the time her family was in hiding; her last entry was written just before the hiding place was discovered and soldiers a rrived to take the members of the family off to concentration camps. After the war was over, her diary was published and became an immediate success. It has remained in print ever since, and the story of Anne's life has been made into a Hollywood film. Anne was a bright and cheerful girl but she had few real friends, and while her family was in hiding she had almost nobody to talk to. Thus her diary became the 'best friend' that she never had. She confided her deepest secrets and emotions to the pages of her diary, freely describing her romantic feelings about boys, her sometimes sharp reactions to the people around her, and her fear and hatred of the war. Most readers of the diary come away feeling that they have really grown to know the lonely girl who refused to be silenced by circumstances.