The Anne Frank House is a museum to commemorate the hiding place of Anne Frank and her Jewish family during World War Two. The house is where Anne wrote her famous diary of hidden life during war time Amsterdam.
Anne Frank House address: Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Anne Frank was the daughter of a Jewish family living in Amsterdam during the 2nd world war. When Germany invaded Holland in 1940, a severe anti-Jews campaign was on it’s way. In 1942, the Frank family tried to escape these measures by hiding in the back annex of their house. The building consisted of two separate parts; the front part was used for the family business whilst the most upper floor of the back annex became their hiding place. Two years later the family got betrayed by someone still unknown, and taken from the Anne Frank House to a concentration camp.
Otto Frank was the only family member to survive the war. The rest of the family, including Anne Frank, died in Bergen-Belsen in March 1945, only a few weeks before the liberation of the camp. During the hiding period in the house, Anne Frank kept a secret diary describing her daily life. After the war the diary was given to Otto Frank and in 1947 the first Dutch edition appeared. Eventually the diary was published in more than 55 languages.
“….I don’t want to jot down the facts in this diary the way most people would do, but I want the diary to be my friend, and I’m going to call this friend Kitty”
Anne Frank, 20 June 1942