Educational programmes, products and research

Annual Report 2017

The Anne Frank House develops educational programmes and products based on the life story of Anne Frank with the aim of encouraging young people to reflect on the relationship between the social developments and the past and the present.

Anne Frank Journal

Many primary schools order the Anne Frank Journal for their 7th and 8th grades every year. In 2017 schools ordered a total of 97,500 copies.

‘The link between the past and the present is very important: we can take lessons from the past for the present. It’s still going on now and it’s never finished.’

Digital lesson

On the occasion of Diary 75 years we develop a digital lesson about Anne's diary for pupils age 11/ 12 years.

To the digital lesson

Theatre for pre-vocational secondary education

In the interactive theatre production Back to Back by DEGASTEN Theatre Company nine young actors showed school students that, despite diverse stories and backgrounds, we are all connected with each other; perhaps more than you thought. They gave students the opportunity to reflect on questions such as what your story is, where you come from, what stories you hear at home and what history you learn at school. The production was created in partnership with the Anne Frank House.

‘It was sometimes emotional, but I think that’s also necessary for the process of raising awareness. The programme was varied, the actors were involved and full of energy, there was something of everything!’

Training for youth workers

Four workshops were held for students and young people. The students were from the Amsterdam and Rotterdam Universities of Applied Sciences, and the young people from the Combiwel Amsterdam, Boyz2Men Zaandam and Steetpro Amsterdam projects.

The workshops focused on the young people’s own attitudes towards their professional development. The explanation of the story of Anne Frank and the history of the Second World War showed where extreme prejudice and discrimination can lead. The connection with their own education meant the students experienced the workshops as relevant and could apply what they had learned in practice.

Fan coach project

In recent years the Anne Frank House has set up an educational project on football chants with Feyenoord and FC Utrecht. Both football clubs aim to raise their younger supporters’ awareness, in an educational way, of the abusive, antisemitic chants inside and outside the football stadiums.

This is done by means of local tours in which supporters visit various locations and monuments in their city and get to know Jewish supporters of their own clubs. For example Feyenoord supporters met Oma (‘Grandma’) Miep, a Holocaust survivor and Feyenoord fan, who told her life story and moved the supporters with her love for the club; their club. It is a long-term project, but the experiences so far are positive.

On 16 November the Anne Frank House shared the experiences with other Dutch football clubs, including AZ Alkmaar. Soon afterwards the Alkmaar club also started a partnership with the Anne Frank House for its own project.

Research into antisemitism and discrimination

Commissioned by and in partnership with the Anne Frank House, the Verwey-Jonker Institute researches complaints filed with the police regarding incidents involving racism, antisemitism and right-wing extremist violence in the Netherlands. The Sixth report on racism, antisemitism and right-wing extremist violence in the Netherlands, which was published in December, covers 4,038 incidents in 2016. We use the outcomes of the research in the development of new educational products and projects.