Anne Frank: A History for Today

At the January 27, 2001 opening of the traveling exhibit Anne Frank: A History for Today visitors viewed some of the panels documenting the experiences of Jews who survived Nazi persecution in the 1930s and ’40s.

The history of Anne Frank and her family was the focus of Anne Frank: A History for Today, which was on display at The Children’s Museum in 2001. A traveling exhibit developed by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, it used photographs of Anne, members of her family, and the other occupants of the Secret Annex (their hiding place), along with additional artifacts, to show how people were persecuted by the Nazis and their supporters.

Fifty-six back-lit panels covered four periods of Anne’s life—her first four years of life and the rise of the Nazi party in Germany, her family’s arrival in The Netherlands and the persecution of Jews in Germany, the role of civic courage in the face of Nazi brutality, and the Frank family’s life in the Secret Annex. The exhibit also covers a fifth period devoted to the impact her diary has had on society since its publication.

Encouraging nonviolent resolution of conflicts and awareness of human rights issues, laws, and standards, the exhibit helped lay the groundwork for the museum’s development of its own The Power of Children: Making a Difference exhibit, which opened six years later. Anne Frank: A history for Today was open Jan. 27 through May 6, 2001.