Anne Frank House
One powerful and emotional experience in Amsterdam that shouldn’t be missed is a visit to the Anne Frank House. This home, where Anne Frank wrote in her diary while she, her family, and four others hid from the Nazis during World War II, has been preserved as a historic site. Today it also features a museum with artifacts and exhibits about her diary and what happened to her—she and her loved ones were ultimately betrayed and captured—as well as the larger worldwide context in which her brief life took place.
By Travis Marshall, AFAR Local Expert
I expected to do and see a lot of things while in Amsterdam, one of them being visiting the Anne Frank House and museum. The museum features exhibitions but more importantly walks you through the Secret Annex where Anne Frank, her family and others hid from the Nazis during the occupation in WWII. It is now preserved to tell their story and promote tolerance. While all of that is admirable and powerful on its own, I found it hard not to be shaken by the spirit of the young girl who wrote in her diary, which I read in high school, imagining a better world and a better mankind.
By Nina Mehta
Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House was at the top of my list of places to visit in Amsterdam. I was much younger than Anne when I read her diary for the first time. Her yearning for love, freedom and peace were very real to me. I wanted to be just like her. When I saw the bookcase in the house, it changed from a story to reality. People move slowly and quietly through the annex. The rooms are dark and empty. There are quotes from the diary, pictures on the wall, an exhibit that tells what happened to the residents and at the end is a beautiful film which tells how her story affected different people’s lives. There are no photographs allowed. I was mostly in my head reliving the parts of the story I knew so well.For more info go to https://travelwellflysafe.com/2016/05/01/jewish-amsterdam/
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