Annual Report 2014 - Anne Frank House

Foreword

This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Measured in time, the distance to the war becomes ever greater, but interest in it only seems to grow. We see that reflected in our visitor numbers, which increase year by year. Forty percent of our visitors are aged under 25. Thanks to an extra contribution that we received this year from the BankGiro Lottery, we will be able to carry out a redesign of the museum in which the broader context of the Second World War and the Holocaust, and the history of the period in hiding, can be linked together in a way that is engaging for younger generations while still remaining appropriate to the specific atmosphere of the Anne Frank House.

Annual Report 2014

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For almost 55 years we have been successfully carrying out the mission entrusted to us by Anne’s father, Otto Frank, which he expressed so well in one of his last interviews, in February 1979: ‘The work of the Foundation is not restricted to the maintenance of the house. It also concerned with what happened during the dark years of the Second World War and the persecution of the Jews, and also with combating discrimination, prejudice and oppression in the world today.

Acts of war and terrorist attacks make us only too aware that the demons of the past have not disappeared. Good education and information remain vitally important. We show young people how attitudes and prejudices work, and where exclusion begins. We help them understand where anti-Semitism and discrimination lead, and especially what they can do to prevent this.

Last year, at the invitation of the Anne Frank House, fifty young ‘Anne Frank Ambassadors’ from 27 countries came together in Amsterdam. The Anne Frank Ambassadors form a network of young people who, inspired by the life story of Anne Frank and the mission of the Anne Frank House, carry out educational projects in their own countries. It is wonderful to see how involved these young people are in the history of Anne Frank, and how they give it contemporary significance. This international youth conference is fully in keeping with Otto Frank’s vision of actively bringing young people together to spread the message of Anne Frank’s life story and ideals.

Juli 1968, zomerconferentie
Summer conference, July 1968. Otto Frank pictured left with a group of young people.

In this annual report we look back on the aims we have set ourselves, and describe the activities we have carried out with the support of numerous individuals and organisations. I would like to offer every one of them my heartfelt thanks, and express the hope that we will also be able to rely on this support in the year to come.

 

Ronald Leopold, executive director

Amsterdam, April 2015