The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, was established in 1957 in cooperation with Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father. The museum tells the life story of the young Anne Frank. The hatred of Jews in Germany when Adolf Hitler and his party were gaining more supporters, made several Jews to leave the country. As a result, Anne Frank’s family moved to Netherlands. When Nazi Germany invaded the Netherlands, Jews were persecuted, and Anne’s family had to go into hiding in the Secret Annex at Otto’s business premises. During the two years in hiding, Anne Frank wrote a diary sharing her feelings and thoughts, which is the base for the exhibitions at Anne Frank House nowadays. The hiding place was discovered in 1944 and Anne Frank was deported to Auschwitz. Later on she was transported to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she died in February 1945.
Anne’s diary has been translated into more than 65 languages and people all over the world has been introduced to her story. The hiding place became the Anne Frank House museum which has an important role on demonstrating the danger of discrimination and hatred of Jews for the society.
- We can no longer change what has happened. The only thing we can do is to learn from the past, and realise what discrimination and persecution mean for innocent people.
Otto Frank, 1970
The Museum works with young people to
- Raise awareness of the dangers of antisemitism, racism and discrimination;
- Raise awareness of the importance of freedom, equal rights and democracy;
- Share historical background of the life story of Anne Frank.
The Anne Frank House provides a very personal experience through quotes, photos, videos, and original items. The highlight of the museum is the walk into the Secret Annex on the Prinsengracht, where Anne lived for two years. The Anne Frank House has an extensive content on who Anne Frank was, as well as important events during the war, films and video diary based on her diary. The Anne Frank House has also important contents regarding the consequences of the hatred of Jews during the Second World War.
Elements in the exhibition:
- Anne Frank’s life story information
- The original red-checked diary of Anne Frank
- Quotes and thoughts of Anne Frank
- Secret Annex on the Prinsengracht with personal items
- Timeline with 34 important moments of the period in which Anne Frank grew up
- Film in which 22 writers, actors, visitors, and people who knew Anne talk about what she has meant to them
- Information on the main characters who lived in the Secret Annex and their helpers
The Anne Frank House offers the Anne Frank Youth Network which is a global network for youth between 16 and 22 years old, who want to make an impact in the world. The aim of the network is to raise awareness, increase active citizenship, foster dialogue and democratic values today. The Anne Frank House provides a toolkit with the necessary tools to take action and make a difference. As a result, the network has worked with over 500,000 young people worldwide.
The Anne Frank House makes available several teaching materials, for example digital lesson about Anne Frank’s life story, educational games, toolkits and several film clips in which European students share their own experiences with discrimination. Additionally, Anne Frank House has travelling exhibitions aimed to connect Anne Frank’s life story with many people around the world. Anne Frank House has also several workshops as a tool to discuss human rights and to encourage youth to develop critical analyzes regarding their own living environment.
Partners of Anne Frank House in Amsterdam are Anne Frank Zentrum, Berlin; Anne Frank Trust, London; Anne Frank Verein, Vienna; Centro Ana Frank, Buenos Aires; Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, New York; and many other organizations all over the world that share a similar mission.