Anne Frank, who just recently turned fifteen years old, writes the last entry in her diary. For the past two years Anne and her family have been hiding in the "Secret Annex," hidden rooms located above and behind a business in Amsterdam which her father owns.
In three days the Gestapo will raid the building and arrest everyone who has been living in hiding. They are clearly acting on information provided by someone who knows a great deal because they will know exactly where to look.
Otto Frank, Anne's father, will be the only member of the family who survives the Nazi death camps, and he is given Anne's diary on his return to Amsterdam. He is surprised to discover just how detailed and accurate her record-keeping was and, with encouragement from a friend, decides to publish her diary as a memoir of what it was like to live as a Jew under Nazi persecution.
The book, published as The Diary of a Young Girl, will become a worldwide bestseller as well as an important entry point for many to understand just what the Holocaust was all about.