Anne Frank Zentrum in Germany
The Holocaust is a time that will never be forgotten. It is a period in the history of the world filled with heartache, war, persecution and remarkable stories of survival. There are also legacies that have been left behind that tell of bravery in the face of terror, love in the midst of tragedy and the outlook on war through the eyes of a child. When it comes to Holocaust stories, one story stands out above all, and is the most well known throughout the world; it is the story of Anne Frank.
Berlin, in Germany, is home to a permanent exhibition that is dedicated to keeping the memory of Anne Frank alive. The Anne Frank Zentrum pays tribute to this remarkable girl, who shared her heart with the world through her diary, which starts on 12 June 1942 and has its last entry on 1 August 1944.
Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt am Main on 12 June 1929, as Annelies Marie Frank. Her family moved to Amsterdam in the year 1933, but was still unable to avoid the terrifying grip of the Nazi regime, which led to the family going into hiding in the year 1942. They remained hidden in her father’s building until they were betrayed in 1944. The family was sent off to various concentration camps, and both Anne and her sister, Margot, passed away from typhus in 1945 in the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. Otto Frank, her father, survived the Holocaust, and on finding Anne’s diary, began the campaign to have her voice published. Her diary has been translated in numerous languages and is one of the most read books in the world.
The entire story of this amazing Jewish girl is portrayed in the walls of the Anne Frank Zentrum, through displays that bring the pages of the diary to life. Photographs and documents ensure that Anne Frank lives on, and that the horrors and heartache of the Holocaust will never be forgotten. They also accommodate school groups by implementing films and lectures in regard to this tragic piece of history. The building in which the Anne Frank Zentrum is hosted also contains a gallery, Eschloraque bar, tailor shop, workshops and museum. Guided tours throughout the entire building are also available.