The visit to the Dutch railway museum was very informative and a pleasant one. We got to know a lot about the history of railways and how through the colonial channels the railway as a technology visited the Asian nations. Though the Dutch railways is now modern with all the technical and modern facilities the railways in our nation still lags far behind their European counterparts. The next place which we visited in Amsterdam was the Anne Frank House.
It is basically a historical and biographical museum which is dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist known as Anne Frank. It is said that during the Second World War, Anne Frank and many other Jews hid from the Nazis in the rear of this 17th century house. Though she didn’t survive the war but her diary was published later on and the whole house was preserved later on by the Anne frank Foundation.
This museum was opened for the public in the year 1960 and still preserves the hiding room of the Jews. The museum also has exhibitions on the life and times of Anne Frank as well as on topics like inequality, discrimination and racism. The museum is a very famous location in the city and is third most popular museum after the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.
One can see and feel the pain and trauma of those Jews who were hiding here by just seeing those small rooms where hundreds of them hid to escape the persecution from the hands of Hitler’s forces. It is also the same place where Ms Anne Frank used to write her diary and talk about the trauma of the war and persecution of the fellow Jews.
A trip to this museum gives the visitor a slight idea about how horrific the Second World War was to the European nations and to one particular community. Once we were done with the visit to the Anne Frank Museum we headed for our next place of visit which was the Westerkerk. This is the biggest church in the country built in the year 1631 and translates in English as the Western church.