Banned Book Review: The Diary of a Young Girl

September 23rd-29th is Banned Books week. The week recognizes Banned Books and what they represent, censorship.

We wanted to highlight a book each day this week that have unfortunately made it onto the infamous Banned Books List. Our  first highlight is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

You might be thinking, “Hey, I read that in school though!”

The sad thing is, some people did not have the opportunity to read this book. Throughout various school systems, this book was placed the hot seat and ultimately, removed.

Why?

School officials and parents removed this book from the curriculum, and even the library, for a variety of reasons. One of the main being, not because of the details of what the Nazi’s were doing, but rather that at one point Anne describes her changing anatomy.

The small section in which Anne describes her vagina and her discovery of it has caused parents to call the diary pornogrpahic in nature.

While the section may not be everyone’s favorite thing to read about, it’s a small part of a much bigger picture. Why did she discuss this? Well, it was her diary. She was locked in a room, behind a bookcase, with only family to turn to. Around her, she did not have friends to talk to. Anne had herself, and her diary. This is who she turns to. And this is exactly the experience that is being relayed to children.

At the end of the day, she was a young girl, surviving the best way she could in an awful, life-threatening situation.  

Though some may feel disgruntled with their experience while reading Anne Frank’s Diary, it introduced you to a very real, very raw and important part of history. It is far too important for us to realize that history isn’t pretty. It isn’t sugar coated. Back then, decisions were made, but we know they were wrong, and they do not have to be made again. Exposure to this book is a key example of how we can prevent history from repeating itself. All of this, is thanks to the words written by a brave young girl.

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