App offers tour of Anne Frank’s Amsterdam

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Anne’s Amsterdam is the name of a new phone app launched by the Anne Frank House. The app helps users gain an understanding of events in Amsterdam during World War II by using the story of Anne Frank as a central theme.

Users will be shown a city map with icons on locations that played a role in Anne’s life. Clicking on one of the icons brings up an image in which a historical photograph is superimposed on the present-day situation. “Linking the past to the present makes one see the city in a different light and bring the events from the war to life,” says the Anne Frank House.

In Merwede Square
The city map takes visitors on a tour of Amsterdam. It provides images of Anne Frank with some of her friends in Merwede Square, of German troops marching down the Rokin and a raid in Jonas Daniël Meijer Square. One of the first pages of the app shows footage of Anne’s old friend Hanneli describing their first meeting.

Users can collect stories, videos and photos and keep them in a digital album on their mobile phone. The city map will tell them where each item is located. All items can be mailed to friends and family or sent to the user’s Twitter or Facebook page.

Eyewitness accounts
The items link to the website Anne Frank’s Amsterdam. Personal stories from Jewish and non-Jewish eyewitnesses – not previously published on the internet - evoke an image of life during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. The material on the site also covers the pre-war and post-war periods to put the history of Amsterdam during the war years in broader perspective.

Posters have been put up across Amsterdam to alert visitors to the new app. The publicity campaign was paid for by the Tuschinski cinema, which donated the proceeds of the sale of the rug from its main foyer to the Anne Frank House. The Art Nouveau theatre, considered one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world, was built in 1921 by Jewish businessman Abraham Tuschinski.

The app 'Anne's Amsterdam' can be downloaded free of charge from the Anne Frank House website and is suitable for smart phones using the iOS, Android or WP7 operating system.