There are very few people in the world who don’t know who Anne Frank was. Anyone interested in the history of World War II, the Holocaust, or perhaps interested in paying the respects to the millions killed during that time, will be interested to hear this latest news.
The apartment where the Frank family lived before having to go into hiding from the Nazis will be opened to the public for a single day later this month. The apartment, which was Anne Frank’s home before moving into the attic of a friend, was restored to its original 1930s style recently.
The housing corporation that owns the apartment will allow paying guests to tour the unit on Saturday 10th December, though only a limited number of people at that. In fact, only 300 people will be able to move quickly through the apartment when it is open publicly. Anne Frank lived in the apartment from 1933 to 1942 before moving out as the Nazis moved in.
Located on Merwedeplein, a quiet street in southern Amsterdam, the apartment was restored to the same ambience that the family had to leave behind in 1942. The Anne Frank Foundation helped restore the apartment.
Most of us know Anne Frank as the teen diarist that wrote of her life living in a small attic apartment in a canal house during the war. The family was found out and captured after two years in hiding – Anne died in a concentration camp in Germany in 1945, shortly before the end of the war. Her diaries were published posthumously.
Currently, the apartment is used by a Dutch foundation that helps foreign writers who are oppressed in their home countries.