A Gift from the Dead – Visiting Anne Frank’s house

As children, we all probably read the story about Anne Frank. I was 9 years old when I read her story at school. Anne was only 4 years older than me. I tried to put myself in her shoes, my mother always told me I had an active imagination, but I couldn’t understand how people could have been so cruel. I felt terrible for this family among other sufferers.

Anne Frank House

My grandmother promised me she would take me there one day. I don’t know why she was so interested in Amsterdam, but this was one memory I could never forget. My grandmother died before she could take me there, but years later when I met my Dutch husband, he took me there. It was a very emotional experience for me. Not only being there, going through the secret bookcase to their hiding place, seeing her room, but it was also the feeling that my grandmother sent my husband to me, so he can take me to a place I always wanted to visit.

Although the actual date is not known, they say Anne died in March of 1945, the same month and year my mother was born. Her story became personal to me.

The museum is located on the canal in the center of Amsterdam at Prinsengracht 263-267. It takes around 20 minutes to walk from the Central Station to the museum. Tickets can be bought online, otherwise lines can be very long.

Anne Frank Quote: “I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!”

This quote is something I try to live my life by. She was a remarkable young woman and visiting the house she was hidden in for 2 years is a destination in Amsterdam that shouldn’t be missed.

 

3 comments

  1. Anne Frank is one of my role model of my life. I like this phrase that its never to late to be who might have been.

    I visited there about 3 years ago. There were many queue there . But it’s worth waiting! I imagined their lilfe looking around the house.

    This is one of my favorite place in Netherlands for me as well.

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