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Secret Annex bookcase

bookcase concealing secret annex

Actual bookcase that concealed those in hiding at Anne Frank House

“Friday, August 21, 1942

Now our Secret Annex has truly become secret. Because so many houses are being searched for hidden bicycles, Mr. Kugler thought it would be better to have a bookcase built in front of the entrance to our hiding place. It swings out on its hinges and opens like a door. Mr. Voskuijl did the carpentry work. (Mr. Voskuijl has been told that the seven of us are in hiding, and he’s been most helpful.)”

I had not done any research on what to expect when visiting the Anne Frank Museum. Normally at museums there are displays, photos, and such, but to actually encounter, and enter through, the bookcase that hid the Franks and the others in hiding at 263 Prinsengracht was a bit of a rush.

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