AMSTERDAM (AP) — The museum constructed round a secret annex in a canal-side home the place Anne Frank hid from Nazis throughout World Warfare II has been renovated to raised inform the teenage Jewish diarist’s tragic story to a brand new technology of tourists who might know little concerning the horrors of the Holocaust.

Museum government director Ronald Leopold mentioned Wednesday the goal is to “present extra details about the historic context and background of the story we symbolize, which is the story of Anne Frank.”

What has remained the identical is the museum’s transferring centerpiece: the Spartan secret annex the place Anne wrote her world-famous diary.

Anne, her sister and their dad and mom hid within the annex with 4 different Jews from July 1942 till they had been arrested in August 1944 and deported to focus camps. Solely her father, Otto Frank, survived.

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An image of Anne Frank accompanies guests as they depart the renovated Anne Frank Home Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)

Ronald Leopold, director of the Anne Frank Home Museum feedback on the renovation throughout a press preview in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)

View of the key annex with it is blacked out home windows on the renovated Anne Frank Home Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)

View of the key annex with it is blacked out home windows on the renovated Anne Frank Home Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)

View of the key annex with it is blacked out home windows on the renovated Anne Frank Home Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)

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Journalists take photos of the renovated Anne Frank Home Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)

A journalist seems to be at Anne Frank’s diary within the new Diary Room on the renovated Anne Frank Home Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)

A photographer, rear left, takes photos of a room the place photos of Anne Frank are projected, as a statue of Anne Frank is seen, proper, on the renovated Anne Frank Home Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)

A journalist takes the audio tour of the renovated Anne Frank Home Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)

The passage to the key annex is seen on the renovated Anne Frank Home Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)

Exterior view of the renovated Anne Frank Home Museum, left, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)

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An image of Anne Frank is seen on the entrance desk previous to the press preview of the renovated Anne Frank Home Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)

View of the key annex with it is blacked out home windows on the renovated Anne Frank Home Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)

View of the key annex with it is blacked out home windows on the renovated Anne Frank Home Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)

View of the key annex with it is blacked out home windows on the renovated Anne Frank Home Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The museum is constructed across the secret annex hidden in an Amsterdam canal-side home the place teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi occupiers throughout World Warfare II is increasing to raised inform Anne’s tragic story to the rising variety of guests. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong)




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“In fact we didn’t change the hiding place itself — the annex — which is essentially the most genuine place the place Anne Frank was in hiding and the place she wrote the diary,” Leopold mentioned.

In a significant overhaul spanning two years, the museum obtained a brand new entrance and adjustments to rooms together with the darkened house that shows the long-lasting books that made up Anne’s diary.

The museum additionally has revamped the best way it tells the story of the Frank household, and by extension the Nazi persecution of Jews.

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“What we tried to do is … use the household historical past as sort of a window onto a bigger historical past,” mentioned Tom Brink, the museum’s head of publications and displays.

That bigger historical past contains the Nazi-occupied Dutch capital through the warfare “and, in fact, European historical past as a result of all Europe was affected by the Nazi rule,” Brink mentioned.

In addition to the bodily adjustments, the museum now has an audio tour which items collectively fragments from the diary, household tales and historic perspective. That allowed curators to maintain bodily reveals sparse whereas nonetheless explaining the Franks’ story and placing it in historic context.

“We needed to protect the character of the home, which could be very a lot its vacancy,” mentioned Leopold. “I believe its vacancy might be essentially the most highly effective function of the Anne Frank Home.”

For instance, a room that served because the workplace for Anne’s father’s firm used to include workplace furnishings. Now it’s just about empty with just some photographs on the wall. One reveals a gaggle of Jewish males in Amsterdam kneeling, their fingers on their heads, watched over by a Nazi soldier carrying a rifle.

On one other wall is a map drawn up by Amsterdam civil servants for town’s Nazi occupiers with black dots representing the locations the place Jews lived.

The museum remained open all through the renovations. Dutch King Willem-Alexander will formally open the refurbished landmark on Thursday.

After the warfare, Otto Frank had his daughter’s diary revealed, and it went on to change into a logo of hope and resilience that has been translated into greater than 70 languages. The constructing housing the key annex was became a museum in 1960.

Telling Anne’s story stays related greater than 60 years after Anne and her sister each perished within the Bergen-Belsen focus camp after contracting typhus.

Earlier Wednesday, the pinnacle of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, warned at a convention in Vienna that “Jewish communities in Europe are more and more involved about their safety and pessimistic about their future.”

Leopold mentioned the museum, which receives 1.2 million guests yearly, has an necessary position to play in combatting anti-Semitism.

“We run a museum and we all know how highly effective the affect of this museum is,” he mentioned. “A go to … actually has a huge effect on younger folks and encourages them to struggle discrimination, anti-Semitism, racism in their very own communities.”

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