Anne Frank House awarded €100,000 for promoting history

Queues outside the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Photo:
Queues outside the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Photo:

The organisation behind the Anne Frank House has been awarded a €100,000 prize for contributing to culture.

The Anne Frank Stichting was chosen to receive the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds prize for making ‘a difficult history visible and accessible’ through ‘various ingenious digital and educational solutions’.

‘By continually connecting history to the present day and interpreting it through eye-catching events, it brings the lessons of the past to people from all over the world,’ the foundation said.

The prize has been awarded annually since 2010 to individuals or organisations that have made a lasting contribution to nature or culture. Previous winners include ISH Dance Collective, the writer and historian Geert Mak, and the filmmaker Anton Corbijn.

Prince Bernhard, the husband of Queen Juliana, created the culture foundation in 1940 while the royal family was in exile in London, in order to buy war materials for the British and Dutch governments. Since the war it has focused on sustaining cultural life in the Netherlands.

The latest edition of the prize was announced on the radio programme Spraakmakers and will be formally presented by Queen Máxima on November 28 at STRAAT Museum in Amsterdam.




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