Anne Frank: A History for Today

Educational touring exhibition goes on display in Derry~Londonderry's Holywell Trust

The City Centre Garden of Reflection Project is hosting a prestigious exhibition from the Anne Frank Trust UK. Anne Frank: a History for Today is based in Holywell - DiverseCity Partnership Building on Bishop Street in Derry~Londonderry.

The exhibition is part of a wider programme, which includes the Lunchtime Event Series and the Chairs of Learning. In addition the project has two major physical elements – the installation of lights to illuminate the City Gates and the development of the Garden of Reflection to the rear of the new Holywell building.

In the video above, Val Ross, regional manager with the Anne Frank Trust, discusses the exhibition and the legacy of its inspirational subject, Anne Frank, the young Jewish diarist who perished in the Holocaust and became a global icon for peace.

Anne Frank was 15-years-old when she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany, along with her sister, Margot, in March 1945, months before the defeat of the Nazis. Following the end of the Second World War, her father, Otto, published her diary, which became an instant bestseller.

In the tartan-covered diary, a present from her parents, Anne addresses her faceless confidant as Kitty, and expertly details life as a young Jewish girl growing up in Nazi-occupied Europe. Determined to become a journalist and author, she writes about everything from homework to boys with a mastery of language and an optimistic outlook that have captured the imaginations of readers around the world ever since.

Frank remains philosophical until the bitter end, when the Nazis finally discovered the secret annex – now the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam – in which she had hidden for two years along with her father, mother, sister and several others. The Anne Frank Trust was set up in 1990 to 'challenge prejudice and reduce hatred by drawing on the power of Anne Frank's life and diary'.

'Fear of the other, and discrimination, is something which is very prevalent in our society, and in our communities today,' says Ross, who visited the Holywell centre as details of a new Garden of Reflection were unveiled for 2015. 'Anne provides us with a lens to think about the consequences of discrimination and the extremes to which it can lead.'

Anne Frank: A History for Today runs in Holywell Trust - DiverseCity Community Partnership, Derry~Londonderry until November 27. Guided tours can be booked by contacting programme coordinator Susan Glass at susan@gardenofreflection.org.

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