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The Secret Annex – Anne Frank’s House in 3D

My greatest wish is to be a journalist, and later on, a famous writer. We’ll have to wait and see if these grand illusions (or delusions!) will ever come true, but up to now I’ve had no lack of topics. In any case, after the war I’d like to publish a book called The Secret Annex. It remains to be seen whether I’ll succeed, but my diary can serve as the basis.

May 11, 1944
Anne Frank


While browsing my latest new favorite iPad app, Zite, I ran across an article highlighting The Secret Annex Online. Created by the Anne Frank House Foundation, The Secret Annex is perhaps the coolest, most useful site I have ever visited.

Using a variety of media, including text, audio, music, video clips and 3D technology, the site takes you into the small area where Anne Frank, her family and four others hid for over two years.

The site uses technology similar to first person video games – allowing you to walk around and through the Secret Annex as if you are Anne herself in 1942. During your exploring, you can hear descriptions of each area and pan around in 360 degrees.

You can also let Anne take you on a tour, using period photographs and her own words from her diary. This piece is especially powerful because you get a sense of who Anne was and what she thought.

There are maps, building outlines, biographies of all those hiding in the Annex as well as those doing the hiding and information about what the site calls The Outcome – what happened in August 1944 when the Annex was discovered by the German Gestapo.

There is also a teacher page and a student page with resources and materials that you can use along with the site. There are also some nice social media pieces built in.

It really is an extraordinary place – both for the history and events described and also for how they’re described. Even if you don’t teach World War II or the Holocaust, it’s worth a visit just for your own professional growth.

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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hi… this page just makes me want to visit the Annexe again. I wrote an article last week about an Anne Frank play that was one, you might be interested? Anyway I’ve tweeted a link to your page. Good work!

    May 24, 2011
  2. this website iis good i whant to see her house again

    November 12, 2011
  3. Whoever made this up, it is fantastic and I do mean it.

    February 10, 2012
  4. Twi #

    i want to go to the secret annex

    June 22, 2012
  5. Lola #

    this has been a great help to me. thanks to whoever wrote this.

    January 25, 2014

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