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The paradox of the Anne Frank House

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Abstract:

Anne Frank was 15 years old when she died in Bergen-Belsen in March 1945. The moving diary which she kept up to date during the period in hiding was published in 1947 in Dutch, and subsequently in over fifty-five languages worldwide, giving a voice to the 6 million Jews killed during the Second World War. Over 800,000 people come each year to visit the house located at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam where she hid with her parents for two years and wrote her famous diary. The renovation and reopening of this site in 1999, made necessary by such a heavy volume of visitors, is described in this article by Marja Verbraak, a journalist who formerly worked in the public relations office of the Anne Frank House.

Document Type: Original Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-0033.00296

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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