I spent 2 months in the Netherlands several years ago, and was impressed by the industrious nature of the country. I was also impressed by the history that is contained in all their cities. The beautiful churches, the office buildings, everything had a definite Old World look and feel to it. (Since I was in the Old World, that would make sense, I suppose). But the one site I remember more than anything else was my visit to the Anne Frank House, at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam. There she, along with her family and friends, lived for over 2 years, hiding from the German Holocaust. Eventually, they were caught and sent to concentration camps, from which only her father returned.
The Famsite today, Anne Frank Online, is site that is dedicated to not just the Diary she kept, and the events of her life. It also has a message that what happened to Anne could happen again, and could happen anywhere in the world, to anyone. This website contains information on how this message can be gotten out to the young children, in their classrooms, as well as in everyday life. There is information on the traveling exhibit, “Anne Frank in the World 1929-1945”, which tells her story, but continues on to tell of other similar situations in the world since the end of World War II. It came to Portland, Oregon several years ago and people stood in line for up to 3 hours to see it. There is also a section that is just on Anne and her family, with pictures of her growing up. There are works in progress on the history of the diary itself, and a guided tour of the Annex (they do not allow any photography in there at all).
The message at Anne Frank Online is not meant to be a depressing one. It has a positive outlook on life, and that we can all live together on this planet. In the words of Anne Frank (as I remember them), ” …some how, in spite of everything that has happened, I still believe that people are still good”.