Anne Frank Elementary School, the largest elementary school in the Dallas Independent School District, is the only school in Texas named after a child—and the only elementary school in the U.S. named for Anne Frank.
On January 28, about 160 members of the fifth grade class at Anne Frank Elementary will learn first-hand about their school’s namesake when they take a field trip to view the new Anne Frank exhibit at the Dallas Holocaust Museum. The Museum invited the students for the special tour.
“We are delighted to be hosting students from Anne Frank Elementary,” said Museum President and CEO Mary Pat Higgins. “We hope the students come away with a new understanding of the incredible person Anne Frank was and how her life continues to positively influence all of us nearly 70 years after her tragic death.”
The students from Anne Frank Elementary will be viewing the Museum’s new exhibit, Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album, which includes 71 rare and intimate private family photographs taken by Anne’s father, Otto Frank.
Prior to the visit, the students will be the first in Texas to use the Dallas Holocaust Museum’s new Anne Frank Curriculum Trunk, which includes curriculum and lesson activities on the life of Anne Frank, including copies of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, one of the most widely-used Holocaust resources worldwide with more than 31 million copies in print.
In addition to viewing the photo exhibit at the Dallas Holocaust Museum, the students will view a 28-minute award-winning documentary film, The Short Life of Anne Frank, which will be shown in the DHM/CET Theater. Students will also visit the Museum’s core exhibit, “One Day During the Holocaust.”
As the largest elementary school in Dallas, Anne Frank Elementary serves students from as many as 30 countries who speak more than 20 languages.
The Anne Frank exhibit includes 71 of Otto Frank’s 400 photographs that originally filled four albums hidden in the annex. After the family was discovered and deported to Nazi death camps, the albums remained hidden in a couch in the annex. When the Annex was looted the couch was stolen. The photographs were mysteriously returned to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam in the early 1990s.
Miep Gies, one of the people who supported the family during their time in the annex kept Anne’s diary and gave it to Otto Frank when he returned in 1945. He was the only member of his family to return. Anne and her sister, Margot, died of typhus at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March, 1945.
Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album continues through March 31 at the DHM/CET, 211 N. Record Street in the historic West End of Downtown Dallas. The Museum is open Monday-Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm and on weekends from 11 am to 5 pm.