The Netherlands: Anne Frank House

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The Netherlands has innumerable places of historical significance. Still, few have stood the test of time, quite like the Anne Frank House. Located in Amsterdam, and this museum is the final resting place of the Frank family. The house is where Anne, her family, and friends hid from the Nazis during the Holocaust. The house is also one of the most visited museums in The Netherlands.

Everybody knows about Anne Frank and her diary. But what is not so well known is the incredible story of her family and friends. The Anne Frank House is a tribute to this family and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. After the Nazis occupied The Netherlands, they sent many Jews to work camps. Anne and her family were deported to Auschwitz in 1942, where they died. After the war, the house was taken over by the relatives of Anne’s father. They left the house in a derelict state, and it was only until shortly after the death of Anne’s mother in 1980 that a mission began to restore the home. The Frank family’s finances were unknown for decades, so they took years to raise funds. With help from major donors like Queen Beatrix and Prince Bernhard of Holland (by then Prince Constantijn), restoration occurred accelerated as soon as possible. Eventually, they managed to get back into their home and live there again after more than fifty years apart.

The name “Anne Frank House” is not that common; most people refer to it simply by its address: Prinsengracht 263. The house is located on Prinsengracht 263, a street full of historical buildings next to Anne Frank Square (where a statue honoring her can be found). People who go here can see restored rooms, original furniture, and belongings belonging to Anne and meet some of her descendants in person. They also can walk around an impressive garden with beautiful flowers and enormous trees, which are said to provide good luck or bring good fortune or peace, depending on how you view them.