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Anne Frank House announces temporary closure in November

Anne Frank House announces temporary closure in November

The Anne Frank House will serve as a polling station to accommodate Dutch voters on 22 November.

The museum is one of Amerstdam's most popular tourist attractions as it allows visitors to see where famed diarist Anne Frank and seven others hid in an attempt to avoid Nazi persecution during the Holocaust and welcomes more than 1.2 million visitors annually but will be closed to accommodate Dutch voters as they cast their ballots in the country's general election.

In a statement, the Anne Frank Foundation said: "The Anne Frank House is one of the places that reminds us of what can happen when democracy and the rule of law disappear."

The Jewish teenager was 13 years old when she moved into the back rooms of Prinsengracht 263 along with her parents, sister, the Van Pels family, and dentist Fritz Pfeffer in 1942 and the group hid above her father's office for a period of two years before being discovered and sent to concentration camps.

Her father Otto became the only surviving member of the group but Anne - who died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen aged just 15 in 1945 - had kept a diary that chronicled her time in The Secret Annexe and following its post-war publication in 1947, 'The Diary of a Young Girl', became one of the best-selling non-fiction books of all time.

Due to the sensitive nature of the building and amid the Israel-Palenstine conflict, Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said in a letter to the city council on Thursday that “extra attention will be paid to the security of this polling station given the situation in Israel and Palestinian Territories.”

However, the mayor also added that if voter numbers turn out to be low at that particular station, it is possible that the attraction could open its doors to regular visitors.

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