The world learned about a German Jewish girl named Anne Frank through her own candid words preserved in a personal diary that miraculously survived the Holocaust. But her words have lived on for generations, as has the very house where she and her Jewish family hid for 2 years before being found by the Nazis. Opened as a public museum on May 3, 1960, the building and annex have been restored with period artifacts.
The concealed positioning of the back house was a near perfect hiding spot for Otto Frank, his wife Edith, their daughters Margot & Anne, and four other Jewish people who were trying to escape persecution by the occupying Nazis. As you can see in the diagram above, the top 3 floors and attic were used to hide the group. The following are actual photos of the hiding space in the annex which was both preserved and restored as it appeared from 1942-1944. On the morning of August 4, 1944, following a tip from an anonymous informer, the Achterhuis was stormed by a group of German uniformed police and SS officers.
Two of the four people helping to hide them (compassionate employees of Otto Frank) were arrested as well.
When the war was over, Otto Frank’s company had moved and the building at Prinsengracht 263 stood empty for several years. Little is known of how Anne and her sister Margot spent their last months alive in prison camps, but it has been verified that they both died of typhus within days of each other in early March 1945 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. You can take a virtual tour of the Secret Annex where Anne and the others lived in hiding here. Even if I can absolutely see your point, Steven, the destruction and isolation Fascism brought to Europe was terrible. At RMTC’s Tom Hendry Warehouse,  Sobler’s The Secret Annex, Anne Frank (Tal Gottfried) has survived the war and moved to New York to start life over with her sister Margot (Daria Puttaert) and close friend Peter van Pels (Andrew Cecon). Sobler’s Anne Frank starts her new life as an optimistic, juvenile dreamer who believes her entire purpose for surviving the war is to share her story. If Anne cannot publish her work then she is not a writer, and if she is not a writer who is she? Anne’s second life is the kind of existence that no one would wish on a person who had survived such horrors, but Sobler isn’t being sadistic in putting Anne through this, and what happens to Anne isn’t unique. Joshua Benoit is a freelance writer, musician with the local band, Pumas and videographer living in Winnipeg. His life goals are modest and include owning a dog with an aloof demeanor and a needy cat, publishing no less than eleven novels (some of them trash), and possibly raising children, though he’d settle for a weekly afterschool special in which he could impart his street-wise verbiage to the children of the world.


Joshua studied English and Film at the University of Manitoba and took his sweet time about getting his B.A. It shows the kitchen, bathroom, Anne's bedroom, and the secret moveable bookshelf that concealed the Annex. Millions of people have now toured the site to pay tribute to Anne, her family and four other Jewish people who eventually perished in Nazi concentration camps after their hiding spot was betrayed. The building was originally a private residence, then a warehouse, then a manufacturing company for household appliances, and in the 1930’s it was used as a production place for piano rolls. Though it might seem like a lot of space, the usable floor space of the hiding spot only added up to about 500 square feet. Eight people living in 500 square feet for 2 years and one month without ever leaving the confines of the annex. It may be damp and lopsided, but there’s probably not a more comfortable hiding place in all of Amsterdam. The remaining two employees returned to the hiding place after it had been cleared by the Nazis and rescued some of the personal effects of Anne and the others. Otto Frank was the only one of the eight people in hiding who survived the death camps and he was given Anne’s diary after he was liberated in 1945. In a bitter twist of irony, British troops liberated the camp only weeks later, though the entire thing was burned to the ground to avoid further spread of disease. Zonist have occupying Palestine for the past 60 yrs killing n murdering innocent children n women n no one cares. Thank you for making it, and for leading us through the house and also back to the original sources of your info. In vergelijking met veel andere onderduikers, hadden de onderduikers in het achterhuis veel ruimte.
The play challenges us through its revisionist history to consider Anne as just one of many survivors, eking out a mundane existence and trying to make sense of life after war. But as Anne learns from an ambitious, at times altruistic, female publisher (Jennifer Lyon), she is in a man’s world and her story of survival told from a child’s point of view simply won’t sell.
The play explores Anne’s internal crisis as someone who is in a constant state, as Jean-Paul Sartre would say, of trying to be who she is. Like so many survivors, Anne is overwhelmed by the feeling that her life has to mean more than that which her sister has settled for: the husband, the house, a few kids.
He now works for the Department of Education and is continuing his creative writing studies through the University of Toronto.


In her diary, she is not very positive about him at first, but later she falls in love with him. In December of 1940, Anne’s father Otto Frank moved the offices of the spice company he worked for into the building known as Prinsengracht 263. One of the items they retrieved and intended to return to the family after the war was the diary of Anne Frank. At House Crazy, the stories of houses are told through the lenses of history, humanity and compassion. She was together with her parents, sister and four other Jewish people: Hermann and Auguste van Pels, their son Peter and Fritz Pfeffer. Stripped of her martyrdom, the play posits that Anne Frank as a war survivor is simply not as compelling as the tragic figure we’ve made of her. It’s incredible to imagine a publisher turning down a story that is so well known in our time simply because the author’s life didn’t end in tragedy.
Gottfried plays Anne’s transition from a youthful, hopeful girl into someone who is increasingly remote and disillusioned with such subtlety that her pain of rejection builds slowly into heartbreaking madness, culminating in a scene where Anne can’t be sure that she isn’t still back in the annex and that her escape and subsequent life aren’t just a dream.
At one time he thought he wanted to be an optometrist but ultimately found more joy in words than in formulas, just as he derives more pleasure from whiskey than from soda. If you feel that the Anne Frank House post is too one-sided, you are more than welcome to submit some information to me on a famous or historic Palestinian home (even if it no longer exists) and I would be more than happy to research it and do a feature post on it!
But who can assure us that this war, which has caused nothing but pain and sorrow, will then be over?
It’s a controversial premise, but certainly one that warrants deep consideration over a knee-jerk dismissal.
In Sobler’s version of events, Anne Frank survives the war only to be met with a tragedy of another kind—an existential crisis of the self. In her search for meaning, Anne discovers that maybe just being alive and embracing existence is enough.
If The Diary of Anne Frank was never published the world would’ve been the poorer for it, but if the reason it was never published was because Anne Frank survived the war, I don’t think anyone would really care what kind of life she lived, the fact is that she would have lived and that would have been enough. They provided food, clothes, books and many other things which the people in hiding needed.



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