Anne Frank’s story is a personal story that has shown the world where anti-Semitism, prejudice and racism in their extreme form can lead to. In this historical phenomenon there is a clear message for everyone. That hatred and cruelty in the name of superiority does not pay.
A friend and I visited the house last year on our ‘trip of a lifetime’ and it was certainly a very, very, pensive-like experience despite the fact that Anne herself was a wise, lovely child whose zest for life showed in her eyes in all the photos that hung at the museum. This makes it an even sadder experience when you learn of Anne’s untimely fate.
The house where Anne Frank and her family used to reside in still seemed to carry the faint ghostly imprints of its unfortunate former tenants and through the cohesive visual displays, one really feels that a connection was forged with Anne Frank’s bouyant spirit upon leaving the museum, testament to the fact that Anne’s life was not in vain.
The trip through the museum is timed and there isn’t much time to really see everything or read the journals and documents that Anne left behidn as the queue to get in is long and the museum itself has limited opening hours but it is definitely worth it as you get to see how the hosue she grew up in looked like and how Anne and her family lived their regular lives until the war arrived at their doorstep.
See the place where Anne went into hiding to write her diary and experience the dark moments when the war took its toll on Anne as well as her family.
This image shows Anne Frank, with a hand written note and signed by her in Dutch language dating back to October 10, 1942. The note says: “This is a photo as I would wish myself to look all the time. Then I would maybe have the chance to come to Hollywood.” signed: Anne Frank 10 Oct. 1942. Anne Frank, is the Jewish girl who wrote her world famous journal while living in hiding, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, during the Second World War. (AP Photo)
There is a lesson to learn from it all, of course when the tour is over and you step out onto modern day Amsterdam again because the moments haunt you with horror and beauty.
Thankfully, Anne Frank’s inspiring message of peace, love and harmony through a harrowing war and its Holocaust echoes in your heart well after you leave and hopefully it is a message that people will continue to pass down the generations; that hate does not pay.