Tour Amsterdam with Anne Frank (on your smartphone)
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Tour Amsterdam with Anne Frank (on your smartphone)

Ahead of Frank's June birthday, a new app allows visitors to learn about Amsterdam's history by showcasing sites of significance to the diarist before and during her years in hiding

View of the house in Amsterdam where Anne Frank and her family hid during the Holocaust. (photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)
View of the house in Amsterdam where Anne Frank and her family hid during the Holocaust. (photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)

It’s just become easier to walk in Anne Frank’s footsteps.

A new app for smartphones is allowing tourists in Amsterdam to visit sites of significance to the murdered Jewish teen, who hid in the Dutch capital while writing her famous diary. Created by the Anne Frank House, a museum dedicated to her memory, the app seeks to “mak[e] the city’s wartime history better known,” and was launched this month in English, Dutch and German. The program, entitled “Anne’s Amsterdam,” was promoted via a poster campaign in the city, where the German-born diarist lived for a decade before her deportation by the Nazis.

The tour presented by the app takes an estimated two and a half hours by bicycle. It includes the areas where Frank and her family lived before and during their period in hiding, as well as sites where she played with friends and attended school. Photos allow tourists to compare the city now with how it looked during Frank’s lifetime.

In another example of Frank’s growing posthumous presence online, the Anne Frank House has asked supporters to raise its profile via Facebook’s signature “likes,” saying it hopes to reach 25,000 by June 12 — Frank’s 83rd birthday if she were still alive. As of this writing, more than 23,400 fans have “liked” the page.

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