News of: Sunday, July 10 2005,

Statue unveiled of Anne Frank on Merwedeplein

This weekend a new statue of Anne Frank was unveiled by the mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen.

The bronze statue of Anne Frank is located on the Merwedeplein square in Amsterdam-Rivierenbuurt, South of the city centre, between the river Amstel and the RAI Congress Centre.

Between 1933 and 1942 Anne Frank lived at Merwedeplein 37. Then she moved to the Prinsengracht house to go into hiding for the Nazi prosecution. This house is now the world-famous Anne Frank House.

The house at Merwedeplein 37 is still there, and will be restored to its original state.

The monument is an initiative of Mr Jimmink, who now has a bookstore in the shop (just around the corner of Merwedeplein, at Rooseveltlaan 62) where Anne Frank bought her diary that was to become so famous. She got the diary from her father, for her 13th birthday.

To walk there would be approximately an hour's walk from the Central Station, or you can take tramline 4 and get out at stop Waalstraat/Rooseveltlaan, and walk a few minutes from there.

(Pictures of the statue and the unveiling by the mayor)