‘So I’m now fifteen’
‘So I’m now fifteen’, writes Anne Frank in her diary on 13 June 1944. By then she has been in hiding for two years.
Anne Frank Collections
A special collection of original objects.
Photos and letters in the exhibition reveal a vivacious and curious girl who lives a normal life. Anne goes to school, she plays on the street and she writes to her family. But the German occupation of Holland and the anti-Jewish measures that follow will change her life drastically. The Frank family has to go into hiding, and Anne is forced to grow up quickly. She casts a critical eye on herself and the world around her. In hiding in the ‘Secret Annexe’, Anne develops into a talented writer.
Filmed impression of the exhibition
Anne Frank, 25 March 1944
I've changed quite drastically, everything about me is different: my opinions, critical outlook. Inwardly, outwardly, nothing's the same. And, I might safely add, since it's true, I've changed for the better.
The exhibition ‘So I’m now fifteen’ traces Anne’s life, with photos, letters or other objects from each year of her life, some of which are being shown in public for the first time. There are no more photos after 1942, the year that Anne becomes 13 and goes into hiding.
‘Friendship book’ belonging to Juultje Ketellapper, a childhood friend of Anne’s from the Montessori school, with a verse by Anne, July 1939. Like Anne, Juultje did not survive the war. She was killed on 9 July 1943 in Sobibor.