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Anne Frank s diaries have always been among the most moving and eloquent documents of the Holocaust This new edition restores diary entries omitted from the original edition, revealing a new depth to Anne s dreams, irritations, hardships, and passions Anne emerges asreal,human, andvital than ever If you ve never read this remarkable autobiography, do so If you have read it, you owe it to yourself to read it again June , I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and supportComment added by Anne on September ,So far you truly have been a great source of comfort to me, and so has Kitty, whom I now write to regularly This way of keeping a diary is much nicer, and now I can hardly wait for those moments when I m able to write inyouOh, I m so glad I brought you along Sunday, June , I ll begin from the moment I got you, the moment I saw you lying on the table among my other birthday presents I went along when you were bought, but that doesn t count On Friday, June , I was awake at six o clock, which isn t surprising, since it was my birthday But I m not allowed to get up at that hour, so I had to control my curiosity until quarter to seven When I couldn t wait any longer, I went to the dining room, where Moortje the cat welcomed me by rubbing against my legsA little after seven I went to Daddy and Mama and then to the living room to open my presents, and you were the first thing I saw, maybe one of my nicest presents Then a bouquet of roses, some peonies and a potted plant From Daddy and Mama I got a blue blouse, a game, a bottle of grape juice, which to my mind tastes a bit like wine after all, wine is made from grapes , a puzzle, a jar of cold cream,guilders and a gift certificate for two books I got another book as well, Camera Obscura but Margot already has it, so I exchanged mine for something else , a platter of homemade cookies which I made myself, of course, since I ve become quite an expert at baking cookies , lots of candy and a strawberry tart from Mother And a letter from Grammy, right on time, but of course that was just a coincidenceThen Hanneli came to pick me up, and we went to school During recess I passed out cookies to my teachers and my class, and then it was time to get back towork I didn t arrive home until five, since I went to gym with the rest of the class I m not allowed to take part because my shoulders and hips tend to get dislocated As it was my birthday, I got to decide which game my classmateswould play, and I chose volleyball Afterward they all danced around me in acircle and sang Happy Birthday When I got home, Sanne Ledermann was already there Ilse Wagner, Hanneli Goslar and Jacqueline van Maarsen came home with me after gym, since we re in the same class Hanneli and Sanne used to be my two best friends People who saw us together used to say, There goes Anne, Hanne and Sanne I only met Jacqueline van Maarsen when I started at the Jewish Lyceum, and now she s my best friend Ilse is Hanneli s best friend, and Sanne goes to another school and has friends thereThey gave me a beautiful book, Dutch Sagas and Legends, but they gave me Volume II by mistake, so I exchanged two other books for Volume I Aunt Helene brought me a puzzle, Aunt Stephanie a darling brooch and Aunt Leny a terrific book Daisy Goes to the MountainsThis morning I lay in the bathtub thinking how wonderful it would be if I had a dog like Rin Tin Tin I d call him Rin Tin Tin too, and I d take him to school with me, where he could stay in the janitor s room or by the bicycle racks when the weather was good Monday, June , I had my birthday party on Sunday afternoon The Rin Tin Tin movie was a big hit with my classmates I got two brooches, a bookmark and two booksI ll start by saying a few things about my school and my class, beginning with the studentsBetty Bloemendaal looks kind of poor, and I think she probably is She lives on some obscure street in West Amsterdam, and none of us know where it is She does very well at school, but that s because she works so hard, not because she s so smart She s pretty quietJacqueline van Maarsen is supposedly my best friend, but I ve never had a real friend At first I thought Jacque would be one, but I was badly mistakenDQ Initials have been assigned at random to those persons who prefer to remain anonymous is a very nervous girl who s always forgetting things, so the teachers keep assigning her extra homework as punishment She s very kind, especially to GZES talks so much it isn t funny She s always touching your hair or fiddling with your buttons when she asks you something They say she can t stand me, but I don t care, since I don t like her much eitherHenny Mets is a nice girl with a cheerful disposition, except that she talks in a loud voice and is really childish when we re playing outdoors Unfortunately, Henny has a girlfriend named Beppy who s a bad influence on her because she s dirty and vulgarJRI could write a whole book about her J is a detestable, sneaky, stuck up, two faced gossip who thinks she s so grown up She s really got Jacque under her spell, and that s a shame J is easily offended, bursts into tears at the slightest thing and, to top it all off, is a terrible show offMiss J always has to be right She s very rich, and has a closet full of the most adorable dresses that are way too old for her She thinks she s gorgeous, but she s not J and I can t stand each otherIlse Wagner is a nice girl with a cheerful disposition, but she s extremely finicky and can spend hours moaning and groaning about something Ilse likes me a lot She s very smart, but lazyHanneli Goslar, or Lies as she s called at school, is a bit on the strange side She s usually shyoutspoken at home, but reserved around other people She blabs whatever you tell her to her mother But she says what shethinks, and lately I ve come to appreciate her a great dealNannie van Praag Sigaar is small, funny and sensible I think she s nice She s pretty smart There isn t much else you can say about NannieEefje de Jong is, in my opinion, terrific Though she s only twelve, she s quite the lady She acts as if I were a baby She s also very helpful, and Ilike herGZ is the prettiest girl in our class She has a nice face, but is kind ofdumb I think they re going to hold her back a year, but of course I haven ttold her thatComment added by Anne at a later date To my great surprise, GZ wasn t held back a year after allAnd sitting next to GZ is the last of us twelve girls, meThere s a lot to be said about the boys, or maybe not so much after allMaurice Coster is one of my many admirers, but pretty much of a pestSallie Springer has a filthy mind, and rumor has it that he s gone all the way Still, I think he s terrific, because he s very funnyEmiel Bonewit is GZ s admirer, but she doesn t care He s pretty boringRob Cohen used to be in love with me too, but I can t stand him any He s an obnoxious, two faced, lying, sniveling little goof who has an awfully high opinion of himselfMax van de Velde is a farm boy from Medemblik, but a decent sort, as Margot would sayHerman Koopman also has a filthy mind, just like Jopie de Beer, who s a terrible flirt and absolutely girl crazyLeo Blom is Jopie de Beer s best friend, but has been ruined by his dirty mindAlbert de Mesquita came from the Montessori School and skipped a grade He sreally smartLeo Slager came from the same school, but isn t as smartRu Stoppelmon is a short, goofy boy from Almelo who transferred to this school in the middle of the yearCN does whatever he s not supposed toJacques Kocernoot sits behind us, next to C and we G and I laugh ourselves sillyHarry Schaap is the most decent boy in our class He s niceWerner Joseph is nice too, but all the changes taking place lately have made him too quiet, so he seems boringSam Salomon is one of those tough guys from across the tracks A real brat Admirer Appie Riem is pretty Orthodox, but a brat too Saturday, June , Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me Not only because I ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen year old schoolgirl Oh well, it doesn t matter I feel like writing, and I have an even greater need to get all kinds of things off my chestPaper haspatience than people I thought of this saying on one of those days when I was feeling a little depressed and was sitting at home with my chin in my hands, bored and listless, wondering whether to stay in or go out I finally stayed where I was, brooding Yes, paper does havepatience, and since I m not planning to let anyone else read this stiff backed notebook grandly referred to as a diary, unless I should everfind a real friend, it probably won t make a bit of differenceNow I m back to the point that prompted me to keep a diary in the first place I don t have a friendLet me put itclearly, since no one will believe that a thirteen year old girl is completely alone in the world And I m not I have loving parents and a sixteen year old sister, and there are about thirty people I can call friends I have a throng of admirers who can t keep their adoring eyes off me and who sometimes have to resort to using a broken pocket mirror to try and catch a glimpse of me in the classroom I have a family, loving aunts and a good home No, on the surface I seem to have everything, except my one true friend All I think about when I m with friends is having a good time I can t bring myself to talk about anything but ordinary everyday things We don t seem to be able to get any closer, and that s the problem Maybe it s my fault that we don tconfide in each other In any case, that s just how things are, and unfortunately they re not liable to change This is why I ve started the diaryTo enhance the image of this long awaited friend in my imagination, I don t want to jot down the facts in this diary the way most people would do, but Iwant the diary to be my friend, and I m going to call this friend KittySince no one would understand a word of my stories to Kitty if I were to plunge right in, I d better provide a brief sketch of my life, much as I dislike doing soMy father, the most adorable father I ve ever seen, didn t marry my mother until he was thirty six and she was twenty five My sister Margot was born in Frankfurt am Main in Germany inI was born on June ,I lived in Frankfurt until I was four Because we re Jewish, my father immigrated to Holland in , when he became the Managing Director of the Dutch Opekta Company, which manufactures products used in making jam My mother, Edith Hollander Frank, went with him to Holland in September, while Margot and I were sent to Aachen to stay with our grandmother Margot went to Holland in December, and I followed in February, when I was plunked down on the table as a birthday present for MargotI started right away at the Montessori nursery school I stayed there until I was six, at which time I started first grade In sixth grade my teacher was Mrs Kuperus, the principal At the end of the year we were both in tears as we said a heartbreaking farewell, because I d been accepted at the Jewish Lyceum, where Margot also went to schoolOur lives were not without anxiety, since our relatives in Germany were suffering under Hitler s anti Jewish laws After the pogroms inmy two uncles my mother s brothers fled Germany, finding safe refuge in North America My elderly grandmother came to live with us She was seventy three years old at the timeAfter Maythe good times were few and far between first there was the war, then the capitulation and then the arrival of the Germans, which is when the trouble started for the Jews Our freedom was severely restricted by a series of anti Jewish decrees Jews were required to wear a yellow star Jews were required to turn in their bicycles Jews were forbidden to use streetcars Jews were forbidden to ride in cars, even their own Jews were required to do their shopping betweenandpm Jews were required to frequent only Jewish owned barbershops and beauty parlors Jews were forbidden to be out on the streets betweenpm andam Jews were forbidden to go to theaters, movies or any other forms of entertainment Jews were forbidden to use swimming pools, tennis courts, hockey fields or any other athletic fields Jews were forbidden to go rowing Jews were forbidden to take part in any athletic activity in public Jews were forbidden to sit in their gardens or those of their friends afterpm Jews were forbidden to visit Christians in their homes Jews were required to attend Jewish schools, etc You couldn t do this and you couldn t do that, but life went on Jacque always said to me, I don t dare do anything any, cause I m afraid it s not allowed


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