So during the holidays, I went to some places, and one of them is Amsterdam. There is this place in Amsterdam, which I have been wanting to visit since I read a book, which is Anne Frank : The Diary of a Young Little Girl. The place is Anne Frank’s house, where she hid in a secret annex, behind a bookshelf.
It took a while to walk from the hotel, which is Fine Seasons to reach the Anne Frank House. Well, to be honest, quiet tiring to walk around 5 km just to visit that historical place. As soon as I reach there, I was amazed by a very long, almost never-ending queue, about 500m in front of the Anne Frank House. It was 15.00 and it will take juast 30 more minutes for it to close. I regret not visiting it at the morning though. It opened at 9.00 a.m and I was doing a photoshoot with dutch costumes at that time. So then, I gave up. Hope I could visit that place again one day.
Who is Anne Frank ?
Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt in 1929, and her parents fled from Nazi Germany to Amsterdam to rescue themselves from the Nazi war. At this point that Anne’s family decided to go into hiding. The Frank family remained in their hiding place from 9 July 1942 to 4 August 1944, together with four other Jews, kept alive with the help of their non-Jewish Dutch office workers. In November 1944 Anne arrived with her sister Margot in Bergen-Belsen, where she fell ill and died of typhus in March 1945.
Why is she famous ?
Anne had hoped to become an author, and during her time in hiding, she wrote several short stories as well as her diary. She kept a diary from 12 June 1942 to 1 August 1944. When Anne’s family was arrested, Miep, one of the Dutch office workers, found Anne’s diary, which she kept, hoping to return it to Anne after the war. Anne’s father, Otto Frank survived the Holocaust and after he received confirmation that both Margot and Anne were dead, Miep gave him Anne’s diary realising this was Anne’s lasting legacy. After reading its pages, Otto Frank is confused over whether he should publish Anne’s private thoughts. He knew Anne had always wanted to be a writer and he consulted various people about his dilemma. He finally decided to find a publisher for the diary.
Anne Frank’s diary has become famous throughout the world. The diary provides a clear glimpse into the world of a young Jewish girl living in Nazi occupied Holland. Anne wrote diary while hiding from the Nazis in an Amsterdam warehouse. She was just 13 when she and her family went into hiding. For two years the Franks lived in a secret annex at the back Mr Frank’s business premises on Prinsengracht Street. Their living space was hidden by a movable bookshelf.
Anne and her family’s hiding place is located behind the bookshelf. Can’t imagine how small it was for four persons to fit in.
From my personal experience, after reading her diary, I am amazed by how she could be so grateful. Maybe our lives could be better than hers, but why could she be more grateful than us. Anne, who hide in the secret annex have a lot of live motivations.