“Not being able to go outside upsets me more than I can say, and I’m terrified our hiding place will be discovered and that we’ll be shot. ”
We all know the story of Anne Frank and the house behind the bookcase she and her family lived in during the Second World War. Anne Frank became famous after the war for the diary she wrote during this period.
The family Frank was betrayed in Augustus 1944 and deported to different concentration camps. The only family member who returned was Otto Frank, Anne’s dad. In 1957, the Anne Frank Organization was brought to life in order to preserve the house. Nowadays, the Anne Frank Organization stands up to anti-Semitism and racism. They organize lectures and exhibitions in order to create awareness.
At this museum you can see the famous bookcase and the tiny space where the family Frank lived during the war. A lot of information is provided as well. Every year one million people visit the museum. During summer, most of the time there is a long queue. Mornings and evenings are usually less busy. If you would like to visit this museum, either come early or make a reservation on the website. The museum is fairly small, which makes capacity a big issue, especially because people come from all over the world to visit.
At the Anne Frank House you get a chance to experience the life of an outcast during wartime.
Close to the Anne Frank House you will find the Westertoren which will give you a nice view over Amsterdam. Another museum that gives you a little bit insight into a historical figure is the Rembrandt House. Are you looking for more about Anne Frank and the Jewish Community in Amsterdam? There is also a special ‘Anne Frank Tour‘, which starts from the Jewish Historical museum and ends in front of the Anne Frank house. It is given in English. (Entrance fees are not included).
Photos © Anne Frank House / Photographer: © Cris Toala Olivares