THE ANNE FRANK HOUSE
A visit to The Anne Frank House is a powerful and incredibly moving experience for both adults and children. The house has been kept almost exactly as it would have looked when Anne lived there. After exploring the front part of the house, where business went on as usual, you go up narrow stairs until you reach the secret bookcase that leads into the section where the Frank family hid. One of the most moving and upsetting parts of the experience was to see the children's height chart, scratched on a wall by Anne, which is preserved behind a perspex screen.
After visiting the secret rooms, you come out into an exhibition area that tells the story of Anne and her family. The experience was very powerful indeed in helping our children understand how it might have felt for a Jewish family to experience the horrors of the Second World War. Both our children were powerfully affected by their visit to the museum, and they referred back to it later in the trip, and after we returned home. When our daughter read Anne Frank's Diary later on, her visit to the house put the diary into context for her.
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