Teenage years and war
Anne Frank wrote her diary between June 12, 1942, and August 1, 1944. These two years are interesting not only from a historical perspective (cf. Perspectives), but also because they accompany Anne through her turbulent puberty: from her thirteenth to shortly after her fifteenth birthday (cf. Themes, Growing up).
Anne begins to write her diary after the Netherlands has been under German occupation for more than two years. Already before the Frank family has to hide in the back building of the Dutch Opekta company, their life is drastically restricted by the Nazis through numerous anti-Jewish laws. After Anne moves into the secret annex on July 6, 1942, the events of World War II remain directly or indirectly present in her diary.