Magical Memoir Moments

February 27, 1943, Anne Frank's Diary and Barbara Ann Hess's Diary

 Thank you, readers, for letting me know you’d like to see side-by-side journal entries of the two girls pictured on the left. Today I want to be three people: (1) an American Studies scholar who functions as a detective, reading the diaries of these girls with perspicacity, illuminating both character and culture, (2) a memoirist…

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Two Diaries of Two Young Girls: Anne Frank and Barbara Ann Hess, 1942-1943

Everyone knows the story of Anne Frank, (1929-1945) the young Jewish girl who kept a diary while hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam from her thirteenth birthday (June 12, 1942) until August 4, 1944, shortly after her 15th birthday, when she and her family were betrayed, discovered, and sent to concentration camps. Anne Frank died of…

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