On her thirteenth birthday, Anne Frank was given a diary. A few weeks later her life turned upside down. 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-organised by BIS Hanoi, Embassy of Israel and Embassy of Netherlands from 13 to 17 April 2015.