Anne Frank House 50th Anniversary

Queen Beatrix entering the church accompanied by Hans Westra. (Photos: Cris Toala Olivares)
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On Wednesday 28 April 2010, the museum celebrated its 50th anniversary in the presence of Queen Beatrix.

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Photos of the official celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the Anne Frank House.

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Otto Frank met Koningin Juliana bij draaibare boekenkast (1979)

From hiding place to museum

The history of the Anne Frank House

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A diary as a best friend

Anne can express all her feelings in her diary.

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Otto Frank: his dream

Exhibition in the Anne Frank House

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Documentary

Watch the documentary Otto Frank, The Father of Anne (in Dutch).

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Westerkerk

The special programme for invited guests in the Westerkerk was hosted by the Dutch artist Jip Wijngaarden, who portrayed Anne Frank on stage as a young actress. The speakers included: Hans Westra, executive director of the Anne Frank House; Wim Kok, chairman of the Supervisory Board and Abram de Swaan, professor emeritus of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, who ended his speech that afternoon by saying: ‘For half a century now, the memory of Anne Frank is as solid as the house that bears her name.’ A group of teenagers also spoke, followed by musical performances. The gathering was concluded with the launch of the Secret Annex Online. From that moment on, people everywhere in the world with access to Internet could visit the Secret Annex via their computer. This celebration in the historical church next to the Anne Frank House was broadcast live on Dutch television by the NOS and NPS. 

Dutch singer Trijntje Oosterhuis and guitarist Leonardo Amuedo performing during the celebration.

Diaries Return Home

Prior to the gathering in the Westerkerk, Queen Beatrix opened the redesigned diary room in the Anne Frank House. Anne’s original red & white diary has always been exhibited but now, for the very first time, museum visitors can also have a look at her other diaries and notebooks. Thanks to a prior agreement reached in 2009, the NIOD (Netherlands Institute for War Documentation) has permanently loaned all of Anne Frank’s work to the Anne Frank House. As of 28 April, Anne’s diaries and other writings can be seen in the setting where they were actually written.

3 May

Museum visitors and residents of Amsterdam received a special treat on Monday 3 May, the actual anniversary of the Anne Frank House. Around 300 pre-registered guests could visit the museum free-of-charge that evening and follow a special programme spotlighting the history of the Anne Frank House and the new Otto Frank exhibition. In addition, everyone visiting that day received a picture postcard of Otto Frank and every 50th visitor a museum catalogue as a gift.

Otto Frank Exhibition

A new temporary exhibition entitled Otto Frank, His Dream was displayed in the museum especially for the 50th anniversary. This exhibition took a look back at the 1960 opening and the dreams Otto Frank had for the Anne Frank House as a meeting spot, a place for reflection and inspiration. Films, photos and objects from the Anne Frank House’s collection brought the period to life.

Not only is it important that people who visit the Anne Frank House see the Secret Annex, but they should be encouraged to recognise that even today people are persecuted because of their race, religion or political convictions.

, 3 August 1970

Otto Frank Documentary

Commissioned by producer Pieter van Huystee, in cooperation with the Anne Frank House, filmmaker David de Jongh directed the documentary Otto Frank, The Father of Anne. This work includes scores of photos, film footage and new interviews with people who knew Otto Frank personally, such as his stepdaughter Eva Schloss. Otto Frank’s mourning process, his commitment to sharing Anne’s diary with as many people as possible; his involvement and concerns for the Anne Frank House in its early years are the focus of this impressive documentary that was broadcast by Dutch television on 29 April 2010.

Anne Frank House Biography

The Anne Frank House’s fifty-year history is described by authors Jos van der Lans and Herman Vuijsje from their unique perspective. In Het Anne Frank Huis, een biografie (The Anne Frank House – A Biography) parallels are drawn between the history of the museum and the AFH organisation against the social developments in the Netherlands during those years. This book illustrates, also with a wealth of images, how the hiding place ultimately developed into the museum it is today. Also covered are many occasions in the Anne Frank House’s fifty-year history when the organisation found itself at the centre of sometimes heated debates and social upheaval.

Cover of the Anne Frank House Biography.

Foreword by the Executive Director

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