A virtual recreation of the hiding place where Anne Frank, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family were forced to go into hiding to escape persecution from the Nazis in 1942. For more than two years, the Franks and four others would live in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building in Amsterdam, sharing the burden of living in hiding.
The app offers two different experiences: a story and a tour mode. The story mode launches in a dark room and is an emotionally touching mini documentary where pictures and documents from Anne’s life float around as a narrator talks about Anne and the inhabitants of the annex.
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Tour mode is a free-roaming experience of the secret annex with narrated passages from her diary. The first time you launch, your only option is to start with story mode. Once this is complete, you can wander around and take the tour experience.
The attention to detail is stunning. Take your time in each room. It’s not just the visuals, but really thinking of spending day after day in this space. Not even thinking of the psychological stress from the constant fear of being caught, being trapped in a few rooms with a group of people would be a trial for anyone.
How the developer summarizes the experience (direct quote): The award winning Anne Frank House VR offers a unique and emotional insight into these two years. Experience the world-famous Secret Annex in a never before seen way. Travel back to the years of the Second World War and wander through the rooms of the Annex that housed the group of 8 Jewish people as they hid from the Nazis. Immerse yourself in Anne’s thoughts as you traverse each faithfully recreated room, thanks to the power of VR, and find out what happened to the Annex’ brave inhabitants.
|CATEGORY:||WORLD WAR II, MUSEUM|
|RELEASE DATE:||12 June, 2018|
|SCREEN MODES:||VR ONLY|
If you have an Oculus headset, you really need to give this a try."