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Anne Frank and her family are Jews living in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, during World War II, and she received the diary as a birthday present. She describes the other presents she received and the day she spent at the Jewish school she attends. In her next two entries, she describes the girls and boys at her school. She is quite forthright about them all, and describes who she likes and who she doesn't like. She describes one boy, Maurice Coster, as being one of her many admirers, so it appears that at the age of thirteen, she is already popular with the boys and confident about it, too. On June 20, Anne confides to her diary that she is writing it because she does not have a real friend, someone in whom she can confide her innermost thoughts. This is in spite of the fact that she has, she says, loving parents, a sixteen-year-old sister, and about thirty people she can call friends. Anne addresses her diary entries to an imaginary friend called Kitty, and she tells Kitty about her background and family. She was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but her father, Otto Frank, moved with his wife Edith to Holland in 1933. This was the year Adolf Hitler and the Nazis came to power in Germany. Anne was temporarily sent to stay with her grandparents before rejoining her parents and sister Margot in Amsterdam in February, 1934. World War II began in 1939, and she describes how after May, 1940, when the Germans occupied Holland, troubles began for the Jews in that country. A series of anti-Jewish decrees were issued, severely restricting the Jews' freedom of action and movement. On June 20, Anne describes playing ping-pong with her friends and going to the ice-cream parlor, where there is always a male admirer to buy her some ice cream. She writes again of her many admirers amongst the boys who attend her school. She has gained a lot of skill in deflecting unwanted attention. In the next few entries, Anne describes incidents at school, in which she is known for talking too much....
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