In my perspective, the Secret Annex design was a remarkable achievement to serve as a hideout at that time. I was moved by the Frank family’s creativity to make such a hiding place during the war period. Anne Frank’s family also demonstrated high hopes of a better future and an end of the war that ravaged the streets and took millions of lives. Probably, they did not expect to stay in the dark forever, and that’s why they opted to hide. In the virtual tour, I pictured out the risk of discovery Anne Frank’s family lived with and the dreams of a brighter future they held in their hearts. If someone is to hide amid enemies, it requires guts, faith, and high secrecy levels. I imagined how Anne’s family anticipated the war to end when they were brought food supplies and the latest news from their acquaintance. I greatly admired the family’s spirit for persevering the horrors of the war in such an environment.
The museum also adequately brings out the aspect of a confined life. I felt a burning compulsion to cherish freedom and peace we today may take for granted. I imagined staying at home throughout the day for two years, without the touch of the sun, the company of friends, or the view of nature, and realized freedom is a gift. It is also difficult to limit yourself from talking and making inevitable sounds such as walking or flashing the toilet. Anne Frank’s family and their companion managed to follow up on these simple but stringent regulations. The museum prompts individuals to advocate for peace and reflect on the negative consequences of war. A war trivializes human dignity and robs happiness in our lives; therefore, it should be avoided by all means.
The emptiness of the Anne Frank museum creates a horrific impression of the World War II period. The museum contains Anne’s original diary, photographs, and historical documents that vividly explain life during the war. The museum also has some objects used by the hiding families and the friends that supplied food. The museum also contains cleaning points where the family washed clothes and took a bath. A fire point where the family kept warm and burnt some materials to conceal their identity is also exhibited. The museum tour adequately explains the pattern of the eight people in the secret annex.
The museum layout begins with an external entrance that leads to an upper stair where visitors find a bookcase door. The massive book caser door opens up to three doors where Frank, Fritz Pfeffer, and Van Pels family lived. The museum shows the living room where the families spent time together, the washrooms, and Anne’s room that she shared with Pfeffer. The museum also leads visitors to the point where Anne had a view of trees as chronicled in the diary. Therefore, the museum layout is sensible and understandable for visitors.
I entirely believe the museum has done an incredible job of retaining the building. Anne Frank Foundation has tirelessly fought to maintain the structure despite the changes in the modern world. Moreover, to capture and preserve a house with few rooms that convey historical information is a phenomenal effort that should be honored. The museum successfully manages to create the mood and environment of the World War II-era through the emptiness and historical documents. However, I would caution the museum against furnishing the room to retain originality.