April 28, 2010 / 10:36 AM / 9 years ago

Where did Anne Frank live? Take a virtual tour

Dutch Minister of Education Ronald Plasterk looks at a facsimile of Anne Frank's dairy after a news conference in Amsterdam June 11, 2009. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares

AMSTERDAM (Reuters Life!) - The museum that includes the house where Anne Frank hid and wrote her diary during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam is launching an online virtual tour of the secret rooms.

For two years, Anne Frank, her family and other Jews hid in a cramped clutch of rooms tucked into the back of a canal house in Amsterdam.

Anne, who died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945 but lived on through her famous diary, described in poignant detail what life was like hiding from the German secret police during the Nazi occupation.

“Not being able to go outside upsets me more than I can say, and I’m terrified our hiding place will be discovered and that we’ll be shot,” Anne wrote in her diary.

Now, 50 years after the opening of the Anne Frank House museum, which has more than 1 million visitors every year, the museum is launching an online virtual tour of what life was like at the back of 263 Prinsengracht in Amsterdam. (here

The tour captures in graphic detail photographs on the wall, the print on the bedspreads and tiny kitchen in the cramped space where eight people lived in daily fear of being caught.

A tip-off from an informant, led to the arrest of Anne, her sister, parents and the others living in the house in August of 1944.

Otto Frank, Anne’s father, was the only one of the family to survive and posthumously published his daughter’s diary.

Earlier this year, Miep Gies, the last survivor of a group of people who helped the family hide, died at age 100.

Reporting by Reed Stevenson, editing by Paul Casciato

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