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Anne Frank: A History for Today on display at BVIS Hanoi

On her thirteenth birthday, Anne Frank was given a diary. A few weeks later her life turned upside down.

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In July 1942, she hid with her family in an attic in Amsterdam in order to avoid being deported to the death camps as all Jews were forced to do. For more than two years she used her diary to record what she thought, felt and experienced.  She did not survive the war and died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. She could not foresee that, in the years to come, millions of people all over the world will be reading her diary.

"Anne Frank: A History for Today" depicts Anne Frank’s brief life story, abundantly illustrated with family photos and passages from her diary. Her biographical narrative is enhanced by testimony from Holocaust survivors and helpers. Historical context supplements the story through documents and photographs detailing the rise of Nazi power in Germany and the tumultuous events of the Second World War and the Holocaust that followed.

The exhibit goes beyond the Anne Frank story and encourages the viewer to consider fundamental social values – tolerance, mutual respect, human rights, and democracy – as a way to educate the viewer about our individual and collective responsibilities to understand and respect diversity in our contemporary society

The exhibits are developed by Anne Frank House, co-organized by BVIS, Embassy of Israel and Embassy of Netherland. The opening ceremony on 30th March was attended by Ms. Meirav Eilon Shahar, Ambassador of Israel in Vietnam and Mr. Bernhard Kelkes, First Secretary Economic and Commercial Affairs of Netherlands Embassy in Vietnam. The exhibit will be on view at BVIS Hanoi from 30th March through 10th April, 2015.

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