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Anne Frank Haus

In Uncategorized on September 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm

For our last call into Amsterdam, I really had one thing I very much wanted to experience; the house that Anne Frank and her family hid in during the war, and the place she was when she wrote her famous diary. What an amazing experience. The house has been preserved as a museum and is very well done. As you move through the house you see authentic material from the house as it was in the 1940’s. I went to the house with a tour, which took us through the city and out to a beautiful windmill first. We even went to the area of Amsterdam that Anne and her family lived before going into hiding. Something I absolutely love is that nowadays it is used for writers! Writers that are not allowed the freedom to write their type of literature in their countries are invited to stay in the house for a year to do their writing and then a new writer comes in. How amazing is that?
The house itself is haunting. As you move through the house you see things like the original bookcase that hid the entrance. In the bedrooms and living spaces, the windows are still covered and you can imagine what it was like to be hiding there in the dark. We were fortunate to hear the church bells ring, the same church bells that Anne talks about in her diary, it sent chills right down my spine. The actual diary is on display as well. There are inscriptions of quotes from Anne’s diary on the walls throughout the house. In Anne’s bedroom you can see where she glued pictures from magazines on the wall. It is truly an amazing experience, I’m so thrilled I managed to get there. I think that especially after experiencing Sachsenhausen recently, the house really hit me. There are little movies playing with interviews with people such as Anne’s best friend, one of the women who helped them stay in hiding, and even Otto Frank himself. An amazing man, after surviving Auchwitz he dedicated his life to publishing Anne’s book and fighting against racism. The museum is such an amazing reminder of the history that we should never forget.

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