The Dallas Holocaust Museum will celebrate “Anne Frank Day” on Tuesday, June 12—Anne Frank’s birthday—with half-price admission to the Museum with a donated copy of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, which the Museum is collecting to give to students who cannot afford to buy a copy of the classic.
Born June 12, 1929, Anne would have been 83-years-old had she survived the Holocaust.
At 10 am on June 12, the Museum will observe a moment of silence in honor of Anne Frank, who died from a typhus epidemic in March 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen death camp in Poland just a few weeks before the camp was liberated by British Troops on April 15, 1945. After liberation, the camp was burned in an effort to prevent further spread of disease, and Anne and her sister, Margot, were buried in a mass grave.
From 10 am to 4 pm, Museum volunteers will read excerpts from the Diary in the Museum’s theater where a special exhibit, The Anne Frank Story, is featured now through June 30.
The exhibit goes beyond the legendary diary and behind the familiar photos of the girl, Anne Frank, whose intelligent eyes and off-handed quip are such a part of her story.
The exhibit follows the life of Anne Frank from her birth in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 12, 1929 through her death. The exhibit recounts the events that led to the Frank family’s flight from Germany to The Netherlands in 1933 and describes the growth of Nazism in Germany, the invasion of the Netherlands in 1940 and life under Nazi rule. Visitors will go back to the time period covered in Anne’s famous diary when she lived in the attic but the exhibition also gives more details about those who helped support the families’ survival in the attic, and those who betrayed them.
Photos from the Frank family albums are combined with historical images from the period. These photographs illustrate what life was like for the Frank family and millions of other Jews and persecuted minorities in Nazi-occupied Europe. The exhibit includes entries from Anne Frank’s diary, in which she describes her life in hiding and her impressions of the events taking place in the outside world.This exhibit is a celebration of her birth, life and legacy. Bring a copy of the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl on June 12, 2012 to donate to the Museum and receive half-price admission that day.
The Anne Frank Story: An Exhibition
June 4 through June 30, 2012 in the DHM/CET Theater
Anne Frank’s story is powerful because it is personal. The journal she kept for more than two years describes a life in hiding yet full of hope. It tells us not only how war affected a nation, but how it affected a family.
Photos ©AFS/AFF, Amsterdam/Basel
The Anne Frank Story is developed by the Anne Frank Center USA in association with the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam. All rights reserved. This exhibit loan to the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance is made possible through a generous grant from the Anne Frank Fonds, Basel and through the support of the Anne Frank Center USA.