"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank, June 12, 1942–September 29, 1942

While in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank kept a diary of her experiences. Published after Anne's death in a Nazi concentration camp, the diary remains a powerful testament to the everyday horrors of the Holocaust.

Here are links to our lists for the book: June 12, 1942–September 29, 1942, October 1, 1942–April 27, 1943, May 1, 1943–December 29, 1943, January 2, 1944–April 6, 1944, April 11, 1944–August 1, 1944
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  1. brooch
    a decorative pin
    Aunt Helene brought me a puzzle, Aunt Stephanie a darling brooch and Aunt Leny a terrific book: Daisy Goes to the Mountains.
  2. disposition
    your usual mood
    Henny 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.
  3. detestable
    offensive to the mind
    J.R.—I could write a whole book about her. J. is a detestable, sneaky, stuck-up, two-faced gossip who thinks she’s so grown-up.
  4. finicky
    exacting especially about details
    Ilse Wagner is a nice girl with a cheerful disposition, but she’s extremely finicky and can spend hours moaning and groaning about something.
  5. listless
    marked by low spirits; showing no enthusiasm
    “Paper has more patience 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.
  6. brooding
    deeply or seriously thoughtful
    I finally stayed where I was, brooding.
  7. throng
    a large gathering of people
    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.
  8. pogrom
    organized persecution of an ethnic group, especially Jews
    After the pogroms in 1938 my two uncles (my mother’s brothers) fled Germany, finding safe refuge in North America.
  9. capitulation
    the act of surrendering, usually under agreed conditions
    After May 1940 the 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.
  10. solemn
    dignified and somber in manner or character
    The four of us are still doing well, and that brings me to the present date of June 20, 1942, and the solemn dedication of my diary.
  11. vice
    moral weakness
    You’re probably a little surprised to hear me talking about admirers at such a tender age. Unfortunately, or not, as the case may be, this vice seems to be rampant at our school.
  12. rampant
    occurring or increasing in an unrestrained way
    You’re probably a little surprised to hear me talking about admirers at such a tender age. Unfortunately, or not, as the case may be, this vice seems to be rampant at our school.
  13. enamored
    marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness
    As soon as a boy asks if he can bicycle home with me and we get to talking, nine times out of ten I can be sure he’ll become enamored on the spot and won’t let me out of his sight for a second.
  14. ardor
    intense feeling of love
    His ardor eventually cools, especially since I ignore his passionate glances and pedal blithely on my way.
  15. blithely
    in a joyous, carefree, or unconcerned manner
    His ardor eventually cools, especially since I ignore his passionate glances and pedal blithely on my way.
  16. ingenuity
    the power of creative imagination
    The class roared. I had to laugh too, though I'd nearly exhausted my ingenuity on the topic of chatterboxes.
  17. tonic
    a medicine that strengthens and invigorates
    So I’m kind of a pep tonic. You never know what you’re good for!
  18. conspicuous
    obvious to the eye or mind
    The people on their way to work at that early hour gave us sympathetic looks; you could tell by their faces that they were sorry they couldn’t offer us some kind of transportation; the conspicuous yellow star spoke for itself.
  19. annex
    an addition that extends a main building
    The door to the right of the landing leads to the “Secret Annex” at the back of the house.
  20. sentimentality
    extravagant or affected feeling or emotion
    In the future I'm going to devote less time to sentimentality and more time to reality.
  21. trivial
    (informal) small and of little importance
    The argument was based on something so trivial it didn’t seem worth wasting a single word on it.
  22. adamant
    impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason
    Mrs. van Daan wanted to save a piece of bread for her darling son, but Mr. van D. was adamant. “If he doesn’t apologize this minute, he’ll have to sleep in the loft.”
  23. sullen
    showing a brooding ill humor
    After three days of sullen looks and stubborn silence, everything was back to normal.
  24. contingent
    a gathering of persons representative of some larger group
    The male members of the van Daan contingent have built a very handy wood-stained food safe, with real screens.
  25. incessant
    uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
    I’m continually being scolded for my incessant chatter when I’m upstairs.
  26. surreptitiously
    in a secretive manner
    Listen to the scheme they’ve come up with to get a message to Mr. Broks, an Opekta Co. sales representative and friend who’s surreptitiously hidden some of our things for us!
  27. ruse
    a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture
    This way Mr. Broks can read the letter without suspecting a ruse.
  28. gingerly
    in a manner marked by extreme care or delicacy
    The lamp was switched off, and he gingerly poked his head out from under the covers.
  29. admonition
    a firm rebuke
    More than once the air has been filled with the van Daans’ admonitions and my saucy replies.
  30. saucy
    improperly forward or bold
    More than once the air has been filled with the van Daans’ admonitions and my saucy replies.
  31. fray
    a noisy fight
    Father and Mother always defend me fiercely. Without them I wouldn’t be able to jump back into the fray with my usual composure.
  32. interminable
    tiresomely long; seemingly without end
    Father then replied, “I think Anne is very well brought up. At least she’s learned not to respond to your interminable sermons. As far as the vegetables are concerned, all I have to say is look who’s calling the kettle black.”
  33. headstrong
    habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
    Am I really as bad-mannered, headstrong, stubborn, pushy, stupid, lazy, etc., etc., as the van Daans say I am?
  34. seethe
    be in an agitated emotional state
    If you only knew, Kitty, how I seethe when they scold and mock me.
  35. diffidence
    lack of self-assurance
    Somehow we landed on the subject of Pim's extreme diffidence.
  36. retiring
    not arrogant or presuming
    All of a sudden Mrs. van Daan, who feels the need to bring herself into every conversation, remarked, “I'm very modest and retiring too, much more so than my husband!''
  37. tirade
    a speech of violent denunciation
    I wasn’t doing it on purpose, but I’d followed her tirade so intently that my reaction was completely involuntary.
  38. intently
    with strained or eager attention
    I wasn’t doing it on purpose, but I’d followed her tirade so intently that my reaction was completely involuntary.
  39. unseemly
    not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper
    Not only were we not allowed to run water during the day, but the bathroom was also off-limits. I’ll tell you how we handled this problem; you may find it unseemly of me to bring it up, but I’m not so prudish about matters of this kind.
  40. calisthenics
    light exercises designed to promote general fitness
    After three days of constant sitting, my backside was stiff and sore. Nightly calisthenics helped.

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