Apps by the Anne Frank House

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Anne’s Amsterdam is the name of a new phone app launched by the Anne Frank House. The app helps users gain an understanding of events in Amsterdam during World War II by using the story of Anne Frank as a central theme.

Users will be shown a city map with icons on locations that played a role in Anne’s life. Clicking on one of the icons brings up an image in which a historical photograph is superimposed on the present-day situation. “Linking the past to the present makes one see the city in a different light and bring the events from the war to life,” says the Anne Frank House.

In Merwede Square
The city map takes visitors on a tour of Amsterdam. It provides images of Anne Frank with some of her friends in Merwede Square, of German troops marching down the Rokin and a raid in Jonas Daniël Meijer Square. One of the first pages of the app shows footage of Anne’s old friend Hanneli describing their first meeting.

Users can collect stories, videos and photos and keep them in a digital album on their mobile phone. The city map will tell them where each item is located. All items can be mailed to friends and family or sent to the user’s Twitter or Facebook page.

Eyewitness accounts
The items link to the website Anne Frank’s Amsterdam. Personal stories from Jewish and non-Jewish eyewitnesses – not previously published on the internet – evoke an image of life during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. The material on the site also covers the pre-war and post-war periods to put the history of Amsterdam during the war years in broader perspective.

Posters have been put up across Amsterdam to alert visitors to the new app. The publicity campaign was paid for by the Tuschinski cinema, which donated the proceeds of the sale of the rug from its main foyer to the Anne Frank House. The Art Nouveau theatre, considered one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world, was built in 1921 by Jewish businessman Abraham Tuschinski.

The app ‘Anne’s Amsterdam’  is suitable for smart phones using the iOS, Android and WP7 operating system.


This mobile application is part of  Anne Frank’s Amsterdam.  By using the App you can explore the city of Amsterdam and discover what it was like during the occupation in World War II through photos, videos, personal stories and more.

Within the app you will find a map of Amsterdam with 30 items to find in historically relevant locations throughout the city. So you need to get there in person to “pick it up”. Use your GPS to locate and collect the items.


  • Album: You can collect 30 items connected to Anne Frank’s story and create your own Amsterdam album.
  • Map: The map shows you where you are and where you can find the items.
  • List: The list gives an overview of all items.
  • Items: Look through your album to see all the items which include: personal stories, unique photos and videos.
  • Share: You can email items to yourself or share them with others. Or tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter you are compiling an album of Anne Frank’s Amsterdam.

This App is part of Anne Frank’s Amsterdam project. This project aims to connect the past to the present and shows how the occupation during World War II left its mark on the city and its people. This app is a gift from LBi and Repudo to the Anne Frank House. (via iTunes and Radio Netherlands Worldwide)

AppAnne’s Amsterdam by Repudo B.V.

Compatible:  iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Category: Travel
Released:  April 28, 2012
PublisherRepudo B.V.
Price: Free (get app)

Android version: Free (get app)






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