AMSTERDAM – The Anne Frank foundation has criticized an “escape room” made to look like the Amsterdam apartment where the teenage Jewish diarist hid with her family from the Nazis during World War II.
According to its website, the Escape Bunker in the southern town of Valkenswaard has a room styled to look like the apartment. Visitors
are locked in and have to escape within an hour using teamwork, creativity and “out-of-the-box” thinking. In a statement Friday, the foundation said the Frank family’s hidden apartment in Amsterdam was one of the places where the Holocaust, or Shoah, played out and said, “It shows very little empathy for survivors of the Shoah to use the annex as a backdrop for an escape room.” The operator of the attraction calls it “an educational experience.”