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You may have read Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, but the truth of her words often doesn't sink in until you visit the secret annex in person. Before you visit this must-see place in Amsterdam, here's a quick refresher course about this impressive girl.
Many of Anne's diary entries were written in letter-form, addressed to Kitty. Scholars still debate whether Kitty was a pre-war friend or a character from Anne's favorite book.
There were eight people in total who hid in the famous secret annex. Otto Frank, Anne's father, was the the only one to survive.
Miep Gies, the Dutch woman who helped hide the Franks, said she would have destroyed the diary had she read it, since the contents incriminated everyone involved, herself included.
She heard Dutch Cabinet Minister Gerrit Bolkestein on the radio: "History cannot be written on the basis of official decisions... What we really need are ordinary documents."
The Franks hoped the war wouldn't come to The Netherlands at all. As the threat grew, Otto and his family tried unsuccessfully to emigrate to England and the USA.
From YouTube channels to suggested reading, you should be able to find a good tool to help you explain the story of Anne and her family to the young ones. It's suggested to bring kids age 10 and up, though all are welcome. Prams and baby strollers are not allowed inside, but there is a storage area available.
Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Amsterdam each year, and paying a visit to the secret annex is at the top of their must-do list. You can book tickets online, and even avoid waiting in line all together. It's also very easy to accomodate large groups.
Tickets and tours for the Anne Frank House are very reasonable.The admission price for children under age 10 starts at just €0.50 per child.
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It has been fascinating to hear the city history throught the story of a young jewish girl and her family. We visited various places in the city center and we could feel the vibe of the city. I recommend the tour for everyone who is interested in recent history and enjoyes walking.
Stan was the best! We can defintely recommend this tour.. The stories about about Anne Frank's family were really interesting. Our guide Stan made everything interesting and understandable. He did a great job! You MUST do this tour when you visit Amsterdam!
It was a lovely experience!We have been transferred for a while in the way of living of Anna's Frank family during the second war! Also,we have been informed what was happening during German's occupation in Netherlands! Thank you Julliet!
Anton was one of the best guides I’ve experienced. Extremely knowledgeable and comprehensive and most welcoming. Shared lots about his own experience too that was pertinent for context. Well done.
Très chouette expérience. Belle façon de découvrir Amsterdam sur un autre angle.