The Exhibit

The Life Story of Anne Frank

‘Let me be myself and then I am satisfied,’ Anne Frank wrote in her diary on 11 April 1944.

In the Secret Annex, Anne dreamed of becoming a writer and journalist after the war. She spent a lot of time thinking about the war and the world around her. On 15 July 1944, Anne wrote in her diary:

‘It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality.’

To the Nazis, Anne Frank was just Jewish. They used their racial laws to determine who was Jewish and therefore denied the right to live. The anti-Semitism of the Nazis resulted in the Holocaust: the murder of six million Jewish men, women, and children. Anne Frank was one of them.

Photos on 30 panels tell the story as does a 30-minute DVD.  The top portion of the panels centers on Anne and her family, while the bottom of each panel depicts the history of the time and its effect on the life of the Frank family.  The exhibit will also include a replica of the Secret Anne (the Frank’s hiding place), and a copy of the Diary.

The last part of the exhibit demonstrates the lessons for today’s society. It shows the stories of six young people of today. In their own words they tell of confronting prejudice and exclusion and how they dealt with it.

The exhibit will be led by professionally trained volunteers.



Photo credits: ©AFS/AFF, Amsterdam/BASEL