Investigation into the provenance of museum collections in connection with the theft, confiscation and sale of objects under duress between 1933 and 1945.

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Anne Frank House

Prinsengracht 267 1016 GV Amsterdam

Investigation results

None of the objects in this museum have problematic provenance.

Result of this investigation

Anne Frank Foundation reports that their collection comprises documents, photos and objects from the Frank family, the Van Pels family, Fritz Pfeffer, various helpers and Otto Frank’s office. The collection does not include art created before 1945. Since its publication in 1947, Anne Frank’s Diary has inspired many artists, musicians and writers. A number of the works of art, including paintings, now form part of the collection, as ‘echoes of Anne Frank’. The foundation considers an investigation into the provenance of its holdings unnecessary.

Information from previous research (report Museum Acquisitions 1940-1948)

View reaction of Anne Frank Huis in the report Museale acquisitions 1940-1948 which was published in 1999 in response to the previous museum research.

About this museum and its collection

Anne Frank Foundation was established in 1957 to maintain Anne Frank House. This is the house in which Anne Frank wrote her diary while in hiding during the Holocaust. The back of the house, the annex in which she hid, has been preserved in its original state. Quotations from her diary, photos, film clips and original objects illustrate the events that took place here.