Anne Frank’s House, Amsterdam

Anne Frank’s house, finally we were there, yet we were away, long way away from the house. A long queue, it looked like we would be in the line forever. The queue inched forward slowly with us.

The exteriors had a very modern finish with big metallic and glass sheets. The modern façade looked more like a museum than like a house. The interiors were all bare rooms with lot of photographs of those years when Anne Franks and her family lived here in hiding. Many details are shown through photographs, how the beds were kept, the study tables, kitchen. It is better this way; the display of furniture of those days would make the movement of tourists inside the rooms difficult. There were audio and video displays too, many interviews of their various friends who helped them. People heard and saw them in silence.

Anne Frank’s story is an important history lesson. A girl of just fifteen years who really hadn’t seen much yet her thoughts that she jotted down in the years of hiding speaks volumes. My daughters found it hard to comprehend all this actually happened. I was surprised and touched to see them silent throughout the tour, reading and trying to grasp in every detail.

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38 Responses

  1. ashok says:

    amazing to find a queue..wonderful to see these posts.Thanks Ind for sharing

  2. Joop Zand says:

    I hope you had a nice time in Amsterdam.

    greetings, Joop

  3. Carver says:

    I love the sculpture. Her story is such an important one.

  4. An important place. Great that you did take a picture of the people.

    Please have a good Tuesday.

  5. Vaish says:

    It was such an emotional moment for me while I entered this house. Had to literally hold on to my tears through out the tour. Very inspiring place…

  6. i'm afraid that long queue would make me run the opposite direction.

  7. Barb says:

    Hers is a story that survives death and time – a lesson for all of us.

  8. Sylvia K says:

    A lesson for all of us indeed! A wonderful post about an incredible young woman that we could all learn from. I'm glad to read of the effect on your daughters — that is the only thing that can prevent a nightmare like that from happening again. She was indeed an extremely wise young woman for her age.

    Sylvia

  9. magiceye says:

    Like a pilgrimage!

  10. Meoww says:

    Sad story. But an important one, no doubt. Good to expose the kids also to the reality…though tragic

  11. Glad that people still remember and care and ponder. I join Joop in hoping that you enjoyed Amsterdam.

    Have a GREAT Week!

    Aloha from Waikiki
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  12. Leovi says:

    Yes, Nice pictures, knowing the Diary of Anne Frank I think is very important to our recent history.

  13. ladyfi says:

    It must be very moving to see.

  14. sujata says:

    The house of Anne Frank feels so out of place in Amsterdam The city that for me is like the synonym for happy, is also a witness to something as sordid as the persecution Jews.

  15. Astounding queues and the lovely story of Anne Frank.

  16. Fun60 says:

    Well worth the queue. I found it difficult to put into words how overwhelmed I was to walk in Anne Frank's footsteps.

  17. eileeninmd says:

    Wow, it is a long line. Maybe best to be there early and first in line. It is an interesting place for of important history for all to learn. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

  18. Reader Wil says:

    Great post. What a coincidence! I wrote about Yad Vashim, the war memorial museum in Jerusalem.Of course I saw Anne Frank's house several times.It's very sad that this family was killed by the Nazis as so many others in the concentration camps. A piece of history never to forget.Thanks for sharing.

  19. Gary says:

    I'm glad it is popular because of the message. Great job.Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  20. My kids would love so much to visit this house, for that matter I would too, I was only a kid when I read this and its as if I can remember the whole book.

  21. George says:

    This must have been a very moving experience, especially for your daughters. I'm glad you were able to visit here.

  22. Snap says:

    A story of a brave young woman that will live on forever. It must have been very moving for you and your daughters. Thanks for taking us with you.

  23. Great post!
    Thanks for sharing.

  24. Great to know about this house . Thanks for sharing …

  25. Haddock says:

    Was here last year this time (July 27th to be exact)
    We saw the line and came back the next day early morning and there were only about ten odd people in front of us. It was possible because we were staying close by with a friend.
    What an experience, especially the audio visual guide inside. I think everyone who go to Amsterdam should visit this place. One can actually feel how it is during war time.

  26. Matkatar says:

    Nice place to visit!

  27. That must have been an overwhelming experience, one well worth the trip.

  28. stardust says:

    I was 12 years old when I read her diaries. I hope the same thing never be repeated.

  29. arabesque says:

    anne frank's diary is such an inspiration for us all,
    i never read her story but would love to see what was once her house despite the long queue.

  30. Gattina says:

    I have visited Anne Frank's house too and was quiet disappointed of the modern building around the house. I also thought the house much smaller I had read the book several times and was surprised to find such big rooms.

  31. Hilary says:

    She has inspired a few generations and will continue to do so for a long time to come.

  32. It's definitely good to read the book when you're young but I don't think most children truly understand how horrible it must have been until they are older.

  33. It was really to learn about the house and the wise lady (?) too.

  34. NixBlog says:

    It si a very moving experience to visit there…

  35. Gina says:

    How long did it take you to get into the house? I’ve been wanting to see Anne Frank’s house and I would have liked to see the photographs in there. I heard the space where they lived was small so what would it be like to be there?

  36. Soraya says:

    I remember visiting Anne Frank’s house so many years ago, but I don’t remember a long queue. It was such a moving experience – I was so emotional after the visit. When I got home, I wanted to learn more about that period of time.

  37. I’ve been there before and it’s such a beautiful museum! Though it’s a house after all. I wish I could have taken pictures – it should be allowed, right?

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