Anne Frank: A History for Today

Anne Frank Exhibit

By the Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery
Anne Frank – A History for Today, a travelling exhibition from the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), has returned to display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) from now until January 2, 2021. This exhibit aims to bring Anne’s life story to the attention of people all over the world to encourage them to reflect on the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination and the importance of freedom, equal rights and democracy. This exhibit previously ran at the MAG in early 2020 before being shut down early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New protocols are in place for visitors. All visitors age 5+ are required to wear masks while visiting the galleries and for all programs and events. You can pre-book your visitation time and date on the MAG’s website at www.reddeermuseum.com.

This exhibition tells the story of Anne Frank set against the background of the Holocaust. The exhibition makes use of images from the Frank family and quotations from the Diary of Anne Frank. Each panel displays information about the most important developments of that time: the rise of National Socialism, the Second World War and the persecution of the Jews. This exhibition has three artifacts that visitors will see: a replica of the Diary of Anne Frank, a Yellow Star of David, a 3D model of the Anne Frank House and a Nazi program from 1935-1936.

“We are very pleased to offer a return showing of Anne Frank: a History for Today, as our earlier presentation was cut short by the pandemic lockdown,” says Lorna Johnson, Executive Director.  “Anne Frank’s story is such an important one for today. It is a reminder that racism and discrimination will always have devastatingly tragic results. Anne’s spirit and optimism in spite of her circumstances continue to inspire people of all ages.”

About Anne Frank

In many countries, Anne Frank has become the symbol of the mass murder of Jews during the Second World War.

Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt, Germany. She was the daughter of Otto and Edith Frank and had a three-year-old sister, Margot. Like many other Jews, the Frank family fled Germany after Hitler and his National-Socialist party came to power in 1933. The Jews who stayed in Germany were step by step excluded from society. The Frank family went to the Netherlands, where father Otto started a company.

In May 1940, the Nazis occupied the Netherlands, and soon anti-Jewish measures were introduced. In July 1942, large-scale deportations of Jews took place. The Frank family went into hiding along with four others. They hid in the annex of Otto Frank’s office building on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, right in the heart of the city. During their time in hiding, Anne Frank kept a diary. In August 1944, the hiding place was betrayed, and the eight people were taken to different concentration camps. Anne Frank eventually died in the Bergen-Belsen camp. Only Otto Frank survived the war. In 1947 the diary of Anne Frank was first published. The diary has been translated into sixty languages and has become one of the best-known documents about the Holocaust. The building where the Frank family hid is now a museum.

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