“I will be able, I hope, to entrust you with all kinds of things, as I have not yet been able to do to anyone, and I hope that you will be of great support to me”. It is with these words written on the day of his thirteenth birthday that begins the famous diary of Anne Frank.
The young German, Jewish, did not know it yet but his diary would later become the best-known testimony of the persecution of the Jews during WWII.
Visit of the Anne Frank Museum
His house is one of those places where emotion is palpable. A place where life remained frozen on August 4, 1944, the date of the discovery by the security services of the German police of the hiding place of the Frank family.
The cry of freedom is still felt throughout the visit of the museum. Without a doubt, the Anne Frank House is one of the must-see Amsterdam city tours. It is surely the visit not to be missed.
The Anne Frank Museum is located on the canal loop, not far from the Jordaan district. It overlooks the canals of the famous Prinsengracht street. The exact address is: Westermarkt 20, 1016 GV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Where to buy your ticket?
The ticket can be bought on the internet! A single point of sale, the official site of the Anne Frank Museum: annefrank.org. The museum is the most visited in Amsterdam and therefore a lot of people line up to enter. Buying your ticket on the internet allows you to have a defined time slot.
You have to buy your ticket sometimes months in advance to get the desired date so don’t wait too long to get organized. If you don’t buy online, you will have to queue for several hours outside and you won’t be sure you can visit the museum.
Anne Frank’s story
The Frank family before living in hiding
Anne Frank was born into a wealthy Jewish family in Frankfurt, Germany. Given the development of Nazism in the late 1930s and persecutions against the Jews, Otto Frank, his father, tried, with his family, to flee repeatedly.
Before the war began, he emigrated to Amsterdam, where he founded his company. With the German invasion of the Netherlands, he attempted to flee to the United States or Great Britain, without success.
Failing to be able to escape far, he decided to prepare a hiding place for his family in Amsterdam. This hiding place is located in rooms above and behind the company offices of Otto, Anne Frank’s father. a sort of annex.
Life in the Annex, arrest and deportation
The family settled in this place at the beginning of July 1942. In total, eight people came to hide in the Annex described by the young Jewish girl in her diary: Anne Frank’s family and 4 other people. He lived there for 2 years until their arrest and deportation to concentration camps.
Bringing Anne Frank’s Diary to Life
From these death camps, only Anne’s father, Otto Frank came back alive. Her father was instrumental in getting his daughter’s diary published.
During his isolation in the Annex to escape Nazism, Anne Frank was indeed initially attached to writing for her : his beliefs, his ambitions but also his hidden fear of living.
Then in 1944, before his arrest, having heard on the radio the Minister of Education of the Dutch government say that the testimonies of persecution would be collected and published, she wanted to write so that others would know, going to look for other memories in the depths of her memory.
She died probably in mid-February 1945 in the Bergen-Belsen camp.