The exhibition "Anne Frank- the history for today"
shows the history of the Frank family together with the historical background,
during and after the Nazi regime. One can notice here the repercussions of the
barbaric politics and its influence on the interpersonal and inter-human
relations, especially as the families like the Franks are concerned -
systematically discriminated and persecuted. The exhibition shows different
stages in Anne Frank's life. They were chosen in the way so that one could
find the references to the present days. The additional pieces of information
are to be found in the relations of the eyewitnesses of those days.
Creation of the exhibition
The exhibition is the part of the international activities of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. It has been created between 1995-1996. For the first time the exhibition has been presented in Vienna in 1996. Since that time, the exhibition travels around the world, also in Poland. The Polish partner of the Anne Frank House is the Polish-German Centre in Cracow (Krak�) that coordinates its presentations.
The previous version of the exhibition "Anne Frank in the world, 1929-1945" was presented between 1985-1995 in 550 cities and towns in 23 countries and visited by more then 5,8 million people. The experiences that the Anne Frank House has gathered in these years resulted in creating of the new exhibition, in which not only the content but also the form and didactical concept have been newly created.
The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam was established in 1957
by Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank. Today it functions as both a museum and an
international educational non-profit organization. The museum is located on
the premises where Anne Frank and seven others were hiding from the Nazis from
1942 to 1944. The House is responsible for developing international
educational programs and materials focusing on the diary of Anne Frank. The
House also creates educational materials that focus on Human Rights,
anti-racist and diversity issues. The projects of presentation of the
exhibition "Anne Frank- the history for today" is one of the main
international activities of the organisation.
Centrum Polsko-Niemieckie w Krakowie
(Polish-German Centre in Cracow)
Rajska 10/5, 31-124 Kraków
Telephone/Fax: 0 12/6 34 07 57
Together with the growing popularity of "The Dairy of Anne
Frank", more and more people all over the world were interested in more
information on herself and her family. More visitors came to see the museum in
Amsterdam. In the growing interests we saw the possibility to encourage people
to face the history and to make conclusions for oneself and the community, in
which one lives. We want to show using the Anne Frank's example that everyone
should want equal rights for all the people living on one area. Anne Frank
shouldn't be seen as a heroine in this respect because one can find many of
peoples' histories similar to Annes' that still are not known or we are not
able to tell them for different reasons.
The first exhibition called "The world of Anne Frank, 1929-1945" the Anne Frank House started in 1985 its activities in many European countries.
Using this form we wanted to get to many people in their own cities and towns. We didn't want to connect the story of Anne only with one place in Amsterdam. Many worldwide presentations of the exhibition one could start other activities dealing with various issues. Although the input of the exhibition into local community was rather short lasted, we also organised some supportive activities connected more to the local history and needs. In every place, where the exhibition is presented we encourage and initiate projects, encourage the local organisations to support and participate in them, motivate the community to long-term actions in cooperation with our organisation.
Since 1985 we gathered a lot of experience, which ensured us about great influence of the travelling exhibition and that one can reach unexpectedly a great group of people (around 6,3 million by 1987). One can also give the opportunity to face not only the history of Anne Frank but also the history of Shoah and show the versatility/generality of human rights.
The main aim of the international travelling exhibition 'Anne
Frank - a history for today' is to encourage visitors to think about the value
of concepts such as tolerance, respect for diversity, human rights, and
democracy in today's world. This is done by telling Anne Frank's life story from
the perspective of the Frank family and by relating this to the history of the
Holocaust as told by other survivors. The exhibition contains several elements
that challenge the visitor to think about similarities and differences between
these past events and incidents in our world today.
Other aims of the exhibition are:
For the most part, each school (and perhaps each teacher) will want to develop its own educational activities, depending on what they perceive to be important. Also, teachers will want to place the exhibition into different contexts. These include:
The most effective way for a school to organize activities around the
exhibition is to encourage cross-curricular work, which involves teachers from
different subject areas. This also allows for activities to take place that go
beyond the scope of a 50-minute school period.
In general, the Anne Frank House has discovered that schools like to organize a variety of extra-curricular activities, which can include:
Drama and Theater. This has been used very often to enrich the exhibition. The most popular choice, of course, has been the Diary of Anne Frank, which is performed thousands of times every year.
Film Festivals. Many teachers will have their students watch films and documentaries in class. Sometimes, teachers and students will organize a small film festival in the school. The films are sometimes followed by discussions.
Lectures and Discussions. This is generally quite easy to arrange and can add to the overall program. It is always good to have a few lectures to spice up the program. Many local Jewish Communities will have a Holocaust survivor who can come to the school to speak in classrooms. Human Rights, Cultural, Diversity etc. organizations can also often suggest speakers.
Music. Many schools have organized opening ceremonies that include music (often classical). Klezmer music and other Jewish music have been favorites at such ceremonies.