Wednesday, April 12, 2017

J - Jewish Settlement and Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Right at the top of my list of places to see in Amsterdam was the Anne Frank House.  Last year her book, The Diary of Anne Frank, was the topic of my letter D in the challenge.  While I had hoped to spend more time in the Jewish quarter of town, I was not able to fit it in.  I did tour the home where she stayed with her family, seen here.  I have no interior photos so I am guessing they were not allowed, so check out the website if you are interested.



















Here is the statue of Anne in front of the Westerkerk.

I also saw the Tuschinski Theatre built by a Polish Jewish businessman Abraham Tuschinski.

I blogged last year during A to Z about The Diary of Anne Frank.  Have you read the book or seen a version of it on film.  Or a documentary?  Would you like to visit the home if you haven't yet done so?

Bonus:  Daylily 'Jolyene Nichole'
I am officially falling behind in reading blogs and commenting.  With preparations for Easter nearing I wonder if I will ever catch up.  How about you?

22 comments:

  1. Before I forget, loved your flower yesterday and today...actually each day is a pretty one. I had the privilege of visiting her place when I was there and was so humbled to see where they had to live and be so secret. The stairs are more like ladders, seeing the pictures of the film stars made me cry along with seeing the church steeple since she mentions this in her book. I read her book every year when I was in high school and I read it in 1997 the last time.

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    1. Glad you are enjoying the flowers. It looks like most of the daylilies survived the mild winter, but there is a lot of rodent damage on my hosta crowns. O haven't reread the book since I visited and I want to do so.

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  2. I visited the house while a student in Europe in 1979. Would like very much to go back.

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  3. I read the diary when I was a teenager. Very impressive book. I would love to visit her house someday

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  4. We visited Anne Frank's house when we were there. Such a moving place.

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  5. World War 2 and the Holocaust are events that interest me, so I would definitely want to see her place where they hid. I read her book a lot in my teens.

    Betty

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  6. I would love to visit the Anne Frank house someday. I also read the book in High School. It is so powerful. The windows on the Tuschinski Theatre are stunning. It's a beautiful building. WeekendsInMaine

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    1. Art deco in Amsterdam really stand out. Be sure to check out the site with interior pictures.

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  7. I rehearsed for the play many years ago, but we never actually performed it, not sure why. Don't know if I would like to visit. You do have some lovely flowers.

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    1. There are some really nasty folks online who think it is all made up. I am glad I saw it.

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  8. I would so love to go visit there someday. I'm a member of the Anne Frank Society with a leaf on their virtual tree. It was so sad when it had to be taken down...

    Calen~
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  9. If I ever make it to Europe, this is one of the top destinations I have in mind. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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  10. I first read the book in the 8th grade. It made a huge impact on my life. Just so happened I also had a Jewish teacher. I HAD to know everything. I've seen all the movie versions and one day I would love to visit.

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  11. We stopped at Amsterdam on a cruise a few years back - my wife took my older daughter (who had been studying Anne Frank at school) to see the house, but we thought our youngest would be a bit young to take it in at three so I stayed on the ship with her. I would still love a chance to go some day as the book made a big impression on me.

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  12. No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to the house. Interesting as ever Denise.

    Another day in Amble Bay!

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  13. Thanks for the tour. I read the book and also saw the Anne Frank movie. Such a sad story! I never made it to Amsterdam, but wish I had, when the it was practically next door (we lived in Germany, 65-69). P.S. Your flower pics are lovely.

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  14. As you can see, I'm playing catch up on my blog commenting. I've read and watched The Diary of Anne Frank. When I visited Budapest, we went to the Holocaust museum while there. It was interesting as I always wondered how did people go along with Hitler. Girl Who Reads

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    1. When I was in Germany a few years ago I found that they spend a lot of time reminding their people how evil Hitler was. The students are required to go to Dachau to see the conditions he forced people to live in.

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  15. I would dearly love to see this some day. Her diary captured my young heart when I was only 14 years old. I'll never forget the identity I felt with her as a coming-of-age teenager. Her inner joy and bright optimism spoke to me, but her life was cut short. So unfair.

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    1. I did not read it until a few years ago. I had seen movies and documentaries. When I was in junior high I read "I am Fifteen and I Don't Want to Die" about a girl in Budapest during the sar.

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  16. I read the Diary of Anne Frank several years ago, and I was deeply moved by it, by her sensitivity and deep understanding despite her youth.

    I wish they'd let you see the place from the inside.

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    1. We did go inside. Unfortunately, they do not allow photography, and while some take photos with their phones, I try to follow the rules. There are pictures on the site I indicated.

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