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Anne Frank: A History for Today

Photograph of Anne Frank sitting in front of an open book.

Anne Frank: A History for Today provides a glimpse into the story of Anne Frank and her family, which is juxtaposed against world events before, during, and after the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. This bilingual English/Spanish exhibit includes photographs of the Frank family and the other occupants of the Secret Annex, and shows how people were persecuted by political decisions and by the actions of individuals. Implicit in the exhibit are the themes of scapegoating, bullying, anti-Semitism, racism, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. The exhibition introduces visitors to the events leading up to World War II, and the government directed killing of Jews, Gypsies, the disabled, Slavs and others.

Anne Frank: A History for Today is on display on the second floor of the University Library at the Schulz Information Center. The exhibit runs through April 22, 2013. A reception with light snacks will take place on April 12, 2013 from 12:30 – 2:00 on the second floor of the University Library.

The story of Anne Frank is ultimately one of hope. Anne was given a diary on her 13th birthday. In it she recorded her deepest thoughts, frustrations, fears, desires, and ambitions. She often mentions a massive chestnut tree outside the back window. It is clear from her writings the tree gave her a sense of hope, stability, and serenity. On Feb. 23, 1944 she writes:

From my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the sea gulls and other birds as they glide on the wind.

In 2006, the 150-year-old chestnut tree that gave Anne so much inspiration was set to be destroyed due to disease. Through a nationwide competion, SSU became one of only 11 U.S. locations to receive a sapling saved from the tree. It will be planted at the Erna and Arthur Salm Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Grove at SSU on April 14, 2013.

The University Library and the School of Social Sciences are honored to host this exhibit in celebration of the planting of the sapling at SSU. A special thanks to SSU Facilities for assistance assembling this exhibit.

Anne Frank: A History for Today was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in North America by The Anne Frank Center USA. The exhibit and image of Anne Frank are © AFF/AFS Basel/Amsterdam