There is nothing better than being on vacation and experiencing a piece of history that has touched many lives all over the world. The Anne Frank, embarrassingly enough, was a new story for me. Thanks to Natalie, Anthony’s wife, for explaining the story to me as we were waiting in line.
A bit about Anne Frank, taken from Wikipedia:
Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank (June 12, 1929 – early March 1945) was a Jewish girl who wrote a diary while in hiding with her family and four friends in Amsterdam during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Frank and her family moved to Amsterdam in 1933, after the Nazis gained power in Germany, and were trapped by the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. As persecutions against the Jewish population increased, the family went into hiding in July 1942 in hidden rooms in her father Otto Frank’s office building. After two years in hiding the group was betrayed and transported to concentration camps. Seven months after her arrest, Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp within days of her sister, Margot Frank. Her father, Otto, the only survivor of the group, returned to Amsterdam after the war ended, to find that her diary had been saved. In 1947 he had it published in Dutch under the title Het Achterhuis: Dagboekbrieven van 12 Juni 1942 – 1 Augustus 1944 (The Backhouse: Diary notes from 12 June 1942 – 1 August 1944). A collection of her other writings recovered from the hiding place, Tales from the Secret Annex was published in 1949.
The diary, which was given to Frank on her thirteenth birthday, chronicles her life from June 12, 1942 until August 1, 1944. It was published as The Diary of a Young Girl and eventually translated from its original Dutch into many languages and became one of the world’s most widely read books. There have also been several films, television, theatrical productions, and even an opera based on the diary. Described as the work of a mature and insightful mind, it provides an intimate examination of daily life under Nazi occupation and in hiding; through her writing, Frank has become one of the most renowned and discussed of Holocaust victims.
The entire house had been preserved since Anne lived there with her family. It is now a very popular piece of history which you can go in and visit for less than 10 Euro.
As you walk through the house, each room has a story to tell. There are quotes from her diary printed on the walls, doors and glass casings. This is a definite must if you’re traveling to Amsterdam.
The whole experience really touched me and it will be something that I’ll never forget.
Anne was a brave, young girl that changed the world through her experience.
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