Tuesday 11 August 2020

Anne Frank’s pre-war home can now be visited via Street View

The Merwedeplein apartment. Photo: Thomas via Flickr

The Amsterdam house where Anne Frank and her family lived before going into hiding can now be explored online, thanks to an alliance with Google Street View.

The Anne Frank Foundation and Google have put the ‘visit’ together to mark what would have been Anne’s 90th birthday on June 12.

The second floor flat at 37 Merwedeplein was home to the Franks from 1933 until July 1942, when they moved to the secret annex on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht.

Anne began writing her famous diary at the flat in the south of the city after she received it on her 13th birthday.

The property was bought by the foundation from housing corporation Ymere and restored it to its original style. It has been rented to the Dutch Foundation for Literature since 2005 and lived in by writers who are not free to pursue their craft in their own countries.

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