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Introduce your students to Anne Frank’s story and  World War 2. Students can use the Anne Frank Guide for a subject related project. Using The Secret Annex Online they can discover what life was like during the hiding period and the Timeline gives a chronological overview from 1914 to the present day. 

The Secret Annex Online

Discover Anne Frank's hiding place


This website makes all the available material about Anne Frank and her family accessible, and includes a virtual tour through the secret annex.  Using the principal characters in the story as guides is clever.

How can students use The Secret Annex Online?

  • About the house
    The secret annex is a labyrinth of corridors, stairs and rooms. The 3D plan shows  the layout of the building. With this students can understand how it was possible for the people in hiding to remain concealed for so long.
  • Who is who?
    Eight people all together in one place was not always easy…students learn more about the people in hiding, the helpers and those who worked in the warehouse.
  • The outcome
    What happened to Otto Frank and the helpers? Unique film footage shows what happened after the arrest and the end of the war.

Lesson tips

Through the eyes of a journalist
Ask students to visit The Secret Annex Online as if they are a journalist during World War 2. Ask them to write an article about the secret annex, the people in hiding and the helpers. They can include:

  • Who was in hiding in the secret annex?
  • When were they there?
  • Why were they there?
  • What happened there?


One particular object
Students chose a room from the 3D plan of the building. They then choose an object from the room to describe. Think about:

  • The size and weight of the object
  • What is it made from?
  • Where was it in the room?
  • What was it used for?
  • Who used the object and what do you know about this person?