Anne Frank: not as we remember her, in Amsterdam Holland

October 4, 2011 2 comments

We just came back from a week end in Amsterdam. What a lovely city, so easy to stroll, so family-friendly. I’m not sharing a city guide yet because I am preparing an interview with a true Amsterdam / mom insider. Can’t say more yet, stay tuned… But meanwhile, I wanted to share those candid photos of Anne Frank, which touched me a lot. Not as we necessarily remember her.

   

   

We all know Anne Frank’s story. We all read her diary at school, when we were teenagers. And we have all been moved by the sharing of her daily life in hiding from the Nazis. Well if you are ever in Amsterdam en famille, it’s well worth visiting the House of Anne Frank, a museum with a Story. It’s right in the center of the city, where she was hiding with her sister and parents. The museum was open with the support of her father, the only family survivor from the concentration camps.

I am mentioning all of this because, beyond the dramatic story of Anne Frank’s life, there is a video of her father that will resonate in all of us, parents. Asked about his feelings on reading his daughter’s diary, he concludes: “It was quite a different Anna I had known as my daughter…Most parents don’t know, really, their children“. Food for thought.

Sorry if I have deviated a bit from the purpose of BozAround but that’s also what you get when travelling around.

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