Monday, September 27, 2010
Anne Frank House
As we were part of a group tour, we didn't have to wait in this line and we had a bit of an orientation before joining the shuffling line through the house.
I've cut off a bit of the roof and the ever present hook for raising and lowering things but that is it. This is the warehouse frontage.
There is an entire house with two additional stories behind it. From the street, from across the street, from around the block, it doesn't matter where you stand, you can not see the house behind it.
This is best seen by looking at a cut away picture of the warehouse and annex.
In some ways the space seemed large - I think of hiding as being in a small space, smaller than a single room. In other ways the space was very small. The room Anne shared with Pfeffer (Dussell) could have barely held two beds.
As we shuffled through the rooms we could see the pencil marks Otto Frank made measuring the height of the children and Anne's pictures of movie stars. The windows were covered with blackout curtains. We got a sense of the space and the atmosphere. What none of us knew and hopefully will never know is the sense of fear that the occupants of the annex lived with day in and day out.
Anne's diary has been translated into many languages and read by millions and in many places in our world people are free from this kind of oppression and persecution. But there are still some places where people are in hiding because of their race or religion. There is still work to be done...