The Frank family home
From 1933 to 1942, before Anne Frank and her family had to go into hiding, she lived with her parents and sister at Merwedeplein square in Amsterdam. They lived a happy life, until the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi Germany. After going into hiding in 1942, they would never return to this address.
After the Frank family had left, several other families lived at Merwedeplein 37-2. In 2004, housing cooperation Ymere, in collaboration with the Anne Frank House, restored the house to its original 1930s style. After careful research, furniture was selected that could have been used by the Frank family.
Not open to the public
The house is inhabited and therefore not open to the public. The Anne Frank House acquired the house in 2017 and lets it to the Dutch Foundation for Literature, which invites a new ‘refugee writer’ to live there every year. These ‘refugee writers’ are foreign writers who cannot work freely in their own countries. The house is a safe haven and a place to write in peace.