Anne Frank - A History for Today

Explore the Secret Annexe in 3D


There are four other Jews in the Secret Annex besides the Frank family: Hermann and Auguste van Pels with their son Peter, and Fritz Pfeffer. Four of Otto’s employees help them. 

Everyone lives in constant fear of discovery. And it’s certainly not easy for eight people to live in such close quarters. 

The hiding place is located in an empty section of the building owned by Otto Frank's company. 

While business continues, as usual, in the front part of the building, there are people hiding in the annex out back.

The business on Prinsengracht 263 is in the area where many small companies are located.  There is a tea company located on the left and a furniture company on the right of the Secret Annex. That is favourable for the people in hiding, because no one notices the chimney smoke on the weekends.

In her diary, Anne describes exactly what the hiding place looks like inside. It's a labyrinth of hallways, stairs and little rooms.

Wander around the furnished spaces and get to know the stories from Anne Frank's diary.