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Dennen 1 Rachel Dennen Professor Gamber UW-Legacies of the Holocaust 22 March 2015 Assignment 6: The Anne Frank House Part A: The official website for the memorial is www.annefrank.org . There was no competition conducted in the memorial. The artist who designed the memorial is Dirk Van Delt, original builder of the house. The site where the memorial is erected is located at the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The public can interact with this monument by touring the place where the Frank family hid from July 5 th 1942- August 4 th 1944. Also they can interact with this by doing educational programs that are offered in the museum. Part B: The Anne Frank House was established on 3 May 1957, with the close involvement of Anne’s father, Otto Frank. According to Menno Metselaar, the author of the historical section in the Anne Frank house website, acknowledges that “the Anne Frank House is an independent non-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation of Anne Frank’s hiding place and her diaries, and to spreading the message of Anne Frank’s life and ideals worldwide” (Metselaar). Metselaar again argues that the main mission of the Anne Frank house “is to develop educational programs and products with the aim of raising young people’s awareness of the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination and the importance of freedom, equal rights and democracy”
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Dennen 2 (Metselaar). The Anne Frank house is an exaggerated simulation of the Holocaust that is an unrealistic representation of the Holocaust that leads to the Frank family to be reduced to kitsch . 1 The Anne Frank House and Museum is an example of the new “Holocaust tourism.” Associate professor of Humanities and arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, John Sanbonmatsu defines new “Holocaust tourism” as, “to make mass atrocity accessible and even “enjoyable” to millions of people” (Sanbonmatsu 118). The new “Holocaust tourism” leads to compromising, rather than protect the integrity of the exhibits themselves. The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is very new “Holocaust
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