Sunday, 10 June 2012

Anne Frank Huis, Amsterdam.


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The first thing I’m going to say about the Anne Frank House is, make sure you go and get there early!! The line does get quite long, understandably, as it is a major tourist attraction. For any of you who don’t know, this is the house where Anne Frank and her family lived during WWII. With the family being Jewish, they lived in a secret annex that they were not allowed to leave. They were eventually found and arrested by the German Order Police and the family were killed, apart from the Father, Otto Frank. He survived and went back to Amsterdam in search of his family. After discovering they had all been killed, he found Anne’s diary and got it published. Since then, it has become a best seller worldwide.
For 9,50 Euros, you can walk around both the house and the secret annex and see for yourself the conditions in which the Franks and their friends lived in. The house has been turned into a museum, showing furniture, belongings and extracts from Anne’s diary. You really get a feel for Anne and everyone else who lived there. It is particularly saddening to read about how much Anne wanted to be a journalist and how she spoke about it with such enthusiasm, not knowing what the future held for her. The museum also holds Anne’s original diary, however it is not on display all the time for preservation reasons. 
You exit at the gift shop (of course!!) were you can buy different editions of her diary in many different languages. I would suggest buying the book off the internet as it is far cheaper. You could even read it before you go so you understand the ‘story’ and can relate to Anne when you get there.