Anne Frank Diary Reference
The Secret Annexe
The "secret annexe" Anne Frank and the others hid in
was a house attached to the back
of a small office building at 263 Prinsengracht, in Amsterdam.
It seems that the group in hiding regularly used all of this rear building, except
for the ground floor.
The Franks and Mr. Pfeffer slept on the second floor above the
street level floor.
The van Pels slept on the third floor above street level -- Peter's room
was the tiny room with the stairs to the attic and everyone ate meals
in the main room on the third floor.
The group also used the attic above.
Only during non-business hours, the group members also used the private office
and kitchen, which were on the first floor above street level.
They also ventured into the front building during non-business hours. Like the rear building, it was rented by
the business that Mr. Frank had started. The front building
had offices and warehouse.
This is the rear house today.
The floor plans below are largely from those on page 213 of
The Diary of Anne Frank: the
Critical Edition (1989). There are two floor plan changes I
made, due to discrepancies with photos:
I made the book case door narrower and put two
windows in the third floor instead of one large one.
The scale is my guess. Because Europeans and Americans
number floors differently, floors are referred to explicitly as relative to
the street level floor, just to be more clear.
(Better floor plans are in The Anne Frank House: a museum with a story,
a small out-of-print book you can get via interlibrary loan: it has
all floors except the annexe attic, from both from wartime and the current [museum] format.
Unfortunately there is no scale there, either. It is evident from these plans that
the bookcase door is still narrower than what I made it below.)
Annexe Floor Plans
Other Illustrations and Photos of the Secret Annexe:
Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary, a Photographic Remembrance by Ruud van der Rol and Rian Verhoeven
for the Anne Frank House has a cut away illustration of the annexe on page 51.
Photos of the swinging cupboard are on page 59.
A photo of Anne's room is on page 106. It has no furniture because
the Nazis stole it all after the raid. However,
there are photos of the annexe with furniture added for demonstration
of how things had been: they are on pages 52, 57, 63, 66, 67, and 75.
Check out Michael Bloomenfeld's
CAD model of the Secret Annexe.
There is a live web cam of the secret annexe from across
Now, float up into the sky for a view,
image of this block of Amsterdam (their red +
is not necessarily over
the annexe even though the text describes the house).
(In addition, photos and illustrations of Anne and her diary, and links to more, are
on my images page.)
Last Update: 6 Aug 2005