Inside the Secret Annex. “We can never be just Dutch, or just English, or whatever, we will always be Jews as well. But then, we'll want to be“ -Anne Frank. Fieldtrip created by: Mr. Erickson 2006. Introduction.
“We can never be just Dutch, or just English, or whatever, we will always be Jews as well. But then, we'll want to be“
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After World War One, Germany plunges into economic crisis and Hitler comes to power. The Jews are persecuted in Germany and the Franks decide to leave Germany for Holland.
The Germans occupied Holland after the war began in 1939. All Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps . The Franks had a close friend in Amsterdam who manufactured jam and had a large house in the center of the city. (The house is highlighted in blue above)
Behind a bookcase is a secret staircase and several rooms for the Frank family (all 8 of them) to hide in above the jam factory warehouse.
"We have to whisper and tread lightly during the day, otherwise the people in the warehouse might hear us"
The family relies on scraps of food from friends and some days have nothing to eat. Anne wishes to go outside and smell fresh air but that is impossible as the German army are rounding up Jews and sending them to concentration camps to work or be gassed to death.
Photograph from 1930’s
Anne Frank Museum in 2004
After years in hiding, the family were betrayed. No one knows who or why but all 8 members of the Frank family and the people owning the jam factory were arrested and sent to concentration camps.
Anne’s family was transported to Auschwitz Concentration camp for sorting.
Anne's diary was left in the house and there is no record of what happened to her apart from German records from the concentration camps.
“One day this terrible war will be over. The time will come when we will be people again and not just Jews!”