Anne Frank House
And the secret behind the bookcase
Amsterdam - Anne Frank was born in 1929 in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Margot, her sister is 3 years older. Otto and Edith Frank, their parents, are very worried when Hitler and his Nazi-party take over the German government and decide to move to Amsterdam in 1933. In 1940 Nazi Germany invades The Netherlands and the family is no longer save once more.
Into hidingDuring the Nazi occupation the family decides to go into hiding on a secret location in the city center of Amsterdam called "het Achterhuis". It's a typical Amsterdam canal house being used as office/warehouse with steep interior stairs. Anne's family share the location with the Van Pels family and later on with an additional 9th person. The place is very crowded. The families only have limited privacy and must live in near silence.
Anne's diaryAnne collects her feelings and thoughts on a daily basis in her personal diary. In 1944 they are betrayed and on August 4th they are all arrested by the Germans and sent to Auschwitz. Only Otto Frank returns after the war. The others all died of disseases, exhaustion or are murdered in the gas chambers.
The Anne Frank House museum tells the full and impressive story of Anne Frank and her family.