"The Anne Frank House" Anne Frank House Tip by lamentforicarus

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As the Nazi party gained power in the mid 1930's, the Frank family relocated from their hometown of Frankfurt to Amsterdam, which was then considered to be a safe haven. In 1940, the Nazis moved into the Netherlands, slowly and systematically forcing the Jewish residents into a corner of the city. The Frank family would eventually go into hiding in the office building of Otto Frank, Anne's father. The small annex inside the building was soon the sanctuary of Hermann and Auguste van Pels and their son Peter, as well as Fritz Pfeffer who later joined. Office Personnel would protect the secret annex until in 1944 it was betrayed and discovered by Nazi soldiers, who deported the people in hiding to death camps. Otto Frank was the only survivor.
Today, the home can be entered via the adjacent neighborhood house. The route winds through the different rooms of the house, where TV screens and texts on the wall slowly reveal the tragic tale of the Frank family. A flight of steep stairs and narrow corridors lead to the secret annex, where a few items left behind by the Franks can be viewed. Walking through the crammed quarters of the Frank family and the other people in hiding gives the visitor an eerie look at just how difficult it must have been to be confined to such a small space for nearly two years. For fear of alerting the neighbors to their whereabouts, the group in hiding was forced to keep out of sight and make little noise, restricting their movements around the annex and limiting any activity. The most haunting part of the visit is stepping into the room which houses the famous diaries themselves. Many of the pages have been torn out and are in disarray, but the books themselves are in remarkably fine condition. After completing a tour of the house, visitors return to the ground floor, where copies of the diary can be purchased in dozens of languages, along with many other souvenirs.

Address: Prinsengracht 267
Directions: Canal Belt, Near the Westerkerk church
Phone: +31-20-5567100
Website: http://www.annefrank.nl

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  • Updated Feb 13, 2005
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