Anne Frank’s story has long been taught in schools around the world as a reminder of the atrocities of the Holocaust. If she’d survived her childhood growing up in Nazi occupied Europe, Anne Frank would have turned 90 this year. This year, Google presented an exhibit honoring that story. The online gallery was created in a collaboration between the search engine and the Anne Frank House.
It’s Free to Take the Tour
The Amsterdam native is best known for the diary she kept during the Holocaust, which chronicled the Frank family’s attempts to flee Nazi persecution up until the time of her death at the age of 15.
Much like a museum exhibit, Google’s tour takes you through the images of Anne Frank’s life — beginning with the only known photograph that exists of Frank with both of her parents — and follows the harrowing details of her family’s ordeal as they fled persecution during World War II.
Google’s exhibit, which is featured on their Arts & Culture page, includes documents like the exhibitor card for Otto Frank’s company Opekta, as well as photos from the destruction the war wrought on Europe during Frank’s short lifetime. The slideshow includes a colorized picture of her famous diary and a short video captured of Anne during a neighbor’s wedding. At the end, users can see what the Frank house looks like today.
While the details of the Franks’ experience are heartbreaking, they’re presented in an accessible way for tweens and teens interested in learning more about the time and the young girl’s life. Google’s user friendly interface allows younger users to navigate the slides without needing parental assistance, as well.
Sharing Frank’s Story and More
Although Anne Frank’s exhibit was put together in an effort to make the personal details of the Holocaust more accessible to people around the world, it’s not the only online experience Google has to offer. Google’s Arts & Culture page has pieces from more than 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries, all of which are free to access by users on the site.
The Anne Frank display, which went live in June, is set to remain on Google’s site indefinitely according to Google’s communications and public affairs manager.