It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again”. -Annelies Marie Frank (Anne Frank) from Diary of Anne Frank. Doubleday paperback edition, 1952

Jeff Werner writes about his visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and of his impressions.  I went two years ago and was amazed at how intricately the secret annex was designed, with narrow steps leading to small bedrooms and a rather surprisingly spacious living area. The thought of eight people having to live quietly in these confined quarters for over two years is overwhelming when you walk through these  rooms. It must have been stifling and claustrophobic for all involved, but especially for the three teenagers who had no escape from the adults.

Cut away view of the Anne Frank House

Image of house – Art Engineering Company

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