Anne Frank House Celebrates 50 Years

Published: April 27th 2010
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The Anne Frank House

It was half a century ago that a museum in Amsterdam opened to honour teenaged author Anne Frank. To mark the anniversary of The Anne Frank House, the museum is organizing week-long events.


On April 28, Dutch Queen Beatrix will begin the ceremonies by launching the new diary room in The Anne Frank House. A program will follow in the Westerkerk church, which is expecting around 600 guests. The festivities will be broadcast live on two television networks in the Netherlands.


On May 3, the actual date of the anniversary, every visitor will receive a postcard with a photo of Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank. Otto Frank was the only survivor of their family during the Holocaust. He was influential in editing and publishing his daughter’s diary. Every 50th visitor of the day will also be given a free museum catalogue.


The Anne Frank House is also launching a 3-D online tour of the Secret Annex, also known as Anne Frank’s hiding place. Anne Frank Foundation director Hans Westra explained to the Pretoria News the intent behind The Online Secret Annex. Westra said, “We want to bring the story of Anne Frank to the whole world. We want to remind people of the fragility of democracy, the fragility of human rights.”


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