August 26th, 2015
Photo credit: David Berkowitz)
There are many, many reasons to visit Amsterdam but visiting the Anne Frank House/Museum – The actual house in Amsterdam where Anne and her family were in hiding during World War II – should be at the top of your list.
The Diary of Anne Frank was written within these very walls. Anne was born in Germany in 1929. Her family moved to the Netherlands in 1933 to escape Jewish persecution in Nazi Germany.
In 1940, the Netherlands was invaded by Germany and the Franks went into hiding shortly thereafter. Anne collected her thoughts within the diary while in hiding but never finished her work. “I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!”
In 1944, everyone hiding in the Secret Annex was arrested. Only Anne’s father, Otto, survives the war and internment. The hiding place and annex has been preserved as a museum that visitors discover room by room with audio and short video. The hidden staircase, artifacts, and the actual diary are all here. You are taken through her short life – the early years in Germany; emigrating to Holland; the German invasion; the hiding place; the arrest; the return of Otto Frank; and the publishing of the diary. It is a moving experience that will bring tears to your eyes.
The Anne Frank House should be on your travel bucket list (and you will get the vibrant city of Amsterdam as a bonus). It is very much a pilgrimage – there are approximately 1 million visitors per year. Go early in the morning and/or when raining – the line may be shorter. You will never forget the experience.
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