Book Review · Nonfiction

Inside Anne Frank’s House by Anne Frank House and Hans Westra

An Illustrated Journey Through Anne’s World

Genre: Nonfiction
Number of Pages: 256
Rating: 5-star-review out of 5

downloadIn this latest hardcover edition, created by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the reader is given an in-depth description of what happened to the eight people that went into hiding during WWII.

We are given details in regards to before the hiding, while they hid, and after the eight were arrested.


I would like to start by saying that I bought this copy last month when I visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.This book is one that I hold dear to my heart. While taking a picture of my version, I decided to place the bookmark I received from there, as well.

World War II and the Holocaust has always had a place in my heart ever since I read Number the Stars in fifth grade. It is a subject that holds no justification for the acts committed and one that breaks my heart each time I think of how many families were affected during this time and afterwards.

This very comprehensive and well-organized text is a great one for those who would like to learn more about the fears and troubles the Frank family (Otto, Edith, Margot, and Anne), the van Pels (Hermann, Auguste, and Peter), and Fritz Pfeffer faced during the two years they went into hiding.

It begins with Otto’s involvement in WWI, fighting alongside Germany. This fact blows my mind each time I think about it. Otto was a German soldier, but he was still discriminated against as WWII began just because he was Jewish? So heartbreaking.

As he realizes how dangerous the situation is becoming for him and his family, they decide to move to Amsterdam with the hopes of starting their lives over. Unfortunately, left with no other choice, the family goes into hiding. The book then dedicates a section describing each room of the Secret Annex in detail. What makes Inside Anne Frank’s House even more special is that each page is filled with quotes from Anne’s diary.

The last section of the book speaks about the arrest, what happened to each of the eight members of the Secret Annex, which leads to the publication of the diary and the opening of the museum.

Aside from loving of how much I learned and reading Anne’s quotes, I loved the pictures and photographs included on each page. There are several photographs of Anne, her family, and the other members of the Annex. Included, there are also pictures of the actual living quarters, both inside and out.

When visiting the Anne Frank House, the entire experience was surreal. Even without the furniture there (as per Otto’s request), the living space was so small and so confined. If I have the chance, I would visit this historic site again. For now, I can read and re-read this book because the Anne Frank House, who put together this text, did an amazing job in capturing both the story and the Annex. I felt I was reliving the experience.

For me, I don’t want to ever forget what not only happened to Anne, but the whole Jewish community. My heart goes for them, and I do the best I can make sure that they are never forgotten.

Absolutely! To those who want to learn more about what happened to a family just because they were Jewish.

Thank you to Otto Frank, may he rest in peace with the rest of his family, and the Anne Frank House in keeping the memories alive, so we may never forget.

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