Anne’s legacy not only lives on in her diary, but throughout the world as well. Museums, historic sites, monuments and libraries bear her memory as a means to prevent further discrimination and bigotry around the world. Below are just a few of these sites at which Anne lived, worked, died, and is remembered.
Anne Frank House
Located in the city center of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Anne Frank House is the location of the Frank family’s Secret Annex which they used for two years to hide from the Nazi regime. After WWII, the house fell into disrepair until Otto Frank and local citizens banded together to save the house from demolition in 1957. The house has since been restored and opened as a museum to the public, promoting the memory and ideals of Anne Frank.
Today, the house serves as an important landmark of Holocaust history and an education center to teach the public about the dangers of antisemitism, racism, and discrimination. The mission of the museum strives to develop programs based on Anne’s story.
Visit the website of the Anne Frank House to learn more.
Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp
Established by the Nazi regime in 1940, Auschwitz quickly became the largest of the death camps. The main camp, called “Auschwitz I,” held between 15,000-20,000 prisoners. A second part, “Auschwitz II,” was later built and completed by 1944, holding over 90,000 more prisoners. Captured Jews and Poles were forced into slave labor with little to no food, clothing, or shelter. Most prisoners were exterminated via poisonous gassing within a short time after their arrival.
Auschwitz’s history is marked by mass extermination and remains a symbol of hatred and anti-semitism. Today, the memorial and museum recognizes this history and works to educate visitors about the Holocaust through tours, artifacts, and a curated museum.
Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum website to learn more about the most famous death camp.
Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
The Bergen-Belsen Memorial is the location of Anne and her sister Margot’s death in 1945. The camp served a multitude of purposes during World War II, including a military base, POW camp, and concentration camp. Following its liberation, the camp became a refuge for displaced persons. The concentration camp was established in 1943, soon becoming a holding area for Jewish and Polish prisoners. However, 1944 brought significant changes, including a new section for sick prisoners. The camp’s subsequent overcrowding and disastrous living conditions led to mass deaths which claimed the lives of around 18,000 victims in March 1945 alone.
At least 52,000 of the total of around 120,000 prisoners in Bergen-Belsen died of starvation or disease, of the abuse they received from the SS, or of the immediate effects of their imprisonment following their liberation.
Visit Bergen-Belsen Memorial‘s website to learn about the camp that embodied true Nazi terror.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
“This Museum is not an answer. It is a question.” This is how Ellie Wiesel, the famed author and Holocaust survivor, described the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Located in Washington, DC, the museum was founded in 1993 as a living memorial to the Holocaust to inspire citizens worldwide to confront hatred and prevent genocide. The museum reaches millions of people worldwide through its permanent exhibits, leadership programs, and educational department. As more and more Holocaust survivors pass away, the museum fights Holocaust denial with its far-reaching traveling exhibits, accessible collections, and more.
Plan your visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum here.