Death in the Holocaust: Anne Frank story comes to London’s East End
- Credit: Anne Frank Trust
The story of Anne Frank, the schoolgirl caught by the Nazis while in hiding during the wartime German occupation of Holland, is coming to London’s East End.
An exhibition of Anne Frank’s life which has been touring Britain for a decade opens on April 25 at the Whitechapel Idea Store, in the heart of the district once populated by east London’s Jewish community.
Schoolchildren are being invited to visit the exhibition being staged by the Anne Frank Trust in memory of the Jewish teenager and her family who were in hiding for two years until they were discovered.
Anne died at the age of 15 in a Nazi death camp in 1945, one of six million Jews wiped out in the Holocaust across Occupied Europe.
But her memory lives on through a secret diary she kept during the years in hiding, which was only discovered after the war.
“The exhibition draws on her daily writings that look to a future without hatred,” explained a Trust spokesman. “They are a lesson for the 21st century that challenge prejudice and hatred today.”
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It includes a life-size replica of her attic bedroom in a hidden annex of a house and examines the story of a remarkable young girl and her now famous diary.
Interactive panels consider the impact of prejudice today, exploring contemporary stories including the murder of Stephen Lawrence in south London, racism in football in Britain and the inspired courage of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafaziv who was shot and wounded by Al Quieda for wanting to be educated.
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This is the 10th anniversary year the project has been on tour, part of a programme of activities in secondary schools supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Students have been recruited in east London since October as ‘Anne Frank ambassadors’ to guide visitors and pupils from other schools around the exhibition in Whitechapel.
Holocaust survivor Freda Wineman, now aged 90, tells her story when she appears on Wednesday evening, April 29, at 6pm.
The Anne Frank and You exhibition opens on April 25 and runs at the Idea Store library centre in Whitechapel Road (next to Whitechapel Underground and Overground station) until May 31.