“A view like Anne Frank’s”
Anne Frank’s cultural afterlife took another weird and deeply American turn this week, with the discovery that Abrazo Homes, a company that designs homes near Albuquerque, New Mexico, had named one of its floor plans “The Anne.”
It’s named after the Dutch Jewish diarist the Nazis murdered when she was 15.
“In her diary, Anne Frank discussed her view of the seasonally changing tree,” the ad copy, since deleted after a social media backlash, read. “In honor of her, we have designed our Anne plan to maximize the view, we feel would be suitable for Anne herself.”
A company co-founder of Abrazo Homes told the New York Times that the title, alongside another floor plan named after Harriet Tubman, was meant “to pay homage to some of the most remarkable women in history.”
The ad copy on Abrazo’s website was altered to remove references to Anne Frank, but the floor plan for the 1,750-square-foot single-family home remains listed on the site as “The Anne.” It includes an open-concept kitchen and an option for three to four bedrooms, as well as for a three-car garage.
A 3-D model of “The Anne” on Abrazo Homes’ website indicates that the house is one-story and does not contain an annex.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency